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On 10 November 1991, the Panamanian oil tanker Svangen was struggling against rough weather conditions when it sank off Almeria (Spain).

Some 180 tonnes of fuel oil were spilt at sea. Aerial surveillance was carried out to monitor the evolution of the pollution in the area. Response operations were also conducted at sea.


  • IMO/UNEP/MAP/REMPEC, 2004, List of alerts and accidents in the Mediterranean

The Svangen

Name: Svangen

Date: 10 November 1991

Location: Spain

Accident area: off Almeria

Cause of spill: weather conditions

Type of pollutant: fuel oil

Quantity spilled: 180 tonnes

Ship type: oil tanker

Date built: 1968

Flag: Panamanian

Last update: 01/10/09

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