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Oceans are polluted by oil on a daily basis from oil spills, routine shipping, run-offs and dumping.

  • Oil spills make up about 12% of the oil that enters the ocean. The rest come from shipping travel, drains and dumping.
  • An oil spill from a tanker is a severe problem because there is such a huge quantity of oil being spilt into one place.
  • Oil spills cause a very localised problem but can be catastrophic to local marine wildlife such as fish, birds and sea otters.

Oil cannot dissolve in water and forms a thick sludge in the water. This suffocates fish, gets caught in the feathers of marine birds stopping them from flying and blocks light from photosynthetic aquatic plants.

Recoverable Oil and Grease in Sea Water Proficiency Testing Program
August 2020. Oil leaking form Merchant Vessel Wakashio on the south-east coast of Mauritius.

PTA is pleased to announce the addition of the test for Total Recoverable Oil and Grease to the Sea Waters PT program.  Registration is now open for Sea Waters Round 9 which commences on 6 October 2020.

For more information about the Sea Waters program, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Resource: https://www.water-pollution.org.uk/oil-pollution-in-water