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.
Date: 19 September 1966
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