The grounding of the crude oil tanker known as the Sea Empress in February of 1996 resulted in the discharge of approximately 72,000 tonnes of oil into the seas around the coast of South-West Wales. Various organizations and many individuals monitored the environmental effects of this pollution emergency.
The region is renowned for the beauty and diversity of its coastline. Many important shores suffered severe crude oil pollution. Certain kinds of wildlife were hard-hit. Natural dispersal and a massive clean-up operation cleared bulk oil from most shores within weeks of the grounding. However, lingering residues were subsequently evident on many shores, albeit in ever-diminishing quantities.
The intention behind this educational web site is to provide an objective source of scientific information on the environmental effects of one of the most serious oil pollution incidents in European history.
OVERVIEW OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF THE SEA EMPRESS OIL SPILL
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School of Biological Sciences | University of Wales Swansea
Authors: Peter Dyrynda, Rob Symberlist
Update: 5th January 2000