significant oil spill (>10m3) experienced by A.P. Moller - Maersk in 2016.
Oil spills constitute a risk which could potentially have very high impact on both people and the environment. It is a risk that is crucial to manage in many of our business activities, i.e. when we provide offshore drilling and deep-water services, when we extract and transport oil, or when we transport goods on large container vessels which run on bunker oil.
Our efforts are focused on continuously strengthening our culture and processes around safety, risk management and hazard identification as well as our emergency response procedures.
In 2016, A.P. Moller - Maersk had one significant oil spill, defined as above 10m3. When in January 2016, strong winds in Izmit, Turkey, led to a tug being called to assist Maersk Ahran. While doing so, it accidentally rammed into the side of the vessel, compromising the hull and resulting in an oil spill of 12.7m3. The oil was cleaned up by a local response team, no damage to natural sanctuaries was found and no legal implications of the incident incurred.
All Maersk businesses have prepared spill response plans and have process safety procedures in place to prevent such spills. Training is carried out on both prevention and response.