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On 19 September 1966, the tanker the Seestern suffered from damage due to a pumping error. This incident resulted in the loss of 1,700 tonnes of Nigerian light crude oil.

This pollution had a serious impact on the coast. 320 km of salt marshes were damaged. The fauna also suffered, as 5,000 birds were found dead.


  • IFP, Banques de données sur les accidents de navire ayant provoqué un déversement de pétrole en mer supérieur à 500 tonnes, 1955-1969, Réf. 26 693, Janvier 1979

Name: Seestern

Date: 19 September 1966

Location: England

Accident area: Medway estuary, Kent

Cause of spill: damage to ship

Type of pollutant: Nigerian light crude oil

Quantity spilled: 1,700 tonnes

Ship type: oil tanker

Last update: April 2006

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