Did you know it’s not just historic shipwrecks that leak oil!?!

In 2013 the cruise ship MS Sea Diamond sank off the picturesque Greek Island of Santorini. Although 150,000 litres of oil was pumped out, today the wreck continues to leak between 30 and 60 litres of oil a day with a significant amount of oil still remaining.

Another recent example of oil spilling from wrecks can be found in Conception Harbour, Canada where two whaling ships were scuttled in 1968 with oil still in their tanks. Using a vacuum truck, the Coast Guard has already pumped over 14,000 litres of oil from the wrecks.

These are modern examples of wrecks being proactively drained of oil to reduce or eliminate the risk they pose to the surrounding environment.

Sign up for our newsletter