A timely reminder on why AMOSC keeps “Response Ready”
Tomorrow is the 22nd anniversary of the Laura D’Amato Oil Spill This was the largest ship-sourced oil spill in Sydney Harbour.
On 3 August 1999 the Laura D’Amato, a 96,121 DWT Italian registered oil tanker, was berthed in Sydney discharging its cargo of Murban light crude oil.
Between 6.26 pm and 6.50 pm an estimated 250 to 300 tonnes of cargo was pumped into Sydney Harbour from the ship through an open sea valve system. These sea valves are normally closed.
For further information on this spill: read here