|Topic:||Oil Spill Risks from Tank Vessel Lightering|
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
Commission on Geosciences, Environment, and Resources
Committee on Oil Spill Risks from Tank Vessel Lightering
Monday, September 21, 1998
Oil Spill Risks from Tank Vessel Lightering
As requested by Congress in PL 104-324, the National Research Council conducted a study on the unintentional or accidental discharge of fuel oil during lightering (vessel-to-vessel oil transfer) operations. The result was a report entitled, Oil Spill Risks from Tank Vessel Lightering.
The study evaluated current lightering practices and trends and analyzed the associated risks. It investigated the incidence and risks of accidents, assessed the existing regulatory and management framework, and recommended measures that could reduce these risks. It took into account the current and proposed international rules and standards. In addition, recommendations were made for appropriate technical and institutional improvements.
This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on September 22, 1998 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.