Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – XVIII

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: One of world’s worst and America’s most significant oil spills is known as Deepwater Horizon Spill.  The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is a maritime disaster that began on 20 April 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico (in the US), on the British Petroleum (BP), operated oil well Macondo Prospect.  On 20th … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – XVIII

Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – XVII

Gulf War Oil Spill – 1991.   The most massive oil spill in the world history was during Gulf war (Iraq war) in 1991.  On August 2, 1990, Iraqi president Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, provoking instant condemnation from the international community.  The UN immediately imposed economic sanctions, while President George Bush Senior organized a 32-nation … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – XVII

Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – XVI

Oil Spills Cleanup... Hi, friends welcome back almost after a month!  Could not write as the Muse did not show up all these days (or that's how big writers say!!).  Anyway, back to serious business again! In various ways, as described in earlier articles, human activities pollute marine ecology.  It is not just harmful to … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – XVI

Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – XV

Oil spills are a byproduct of human activity in which oil is leaked “from ships, shore facilities, pipelines and offshore platforms” into oceans causing catastrophic situations. Despite popular belief, that the most significant contributors to oil spills are tankers and ships that carry large amounts of oil; most considerable contributors are automobiles, boats, industrial plants, … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – XV

Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – XIV

Offshore oil – a benefit to environment or harm?  There is an old nautical saying which says “tell it to the marines.”  It means a scornful response to an unbelievable story told by somebody.  And there is funny anecdote which claims to be an origin of this saying, although I don’t know whether true.  Around … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – XIV

Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – XIII

Offshore oil drilling basics: On January 4 this year, the Trump administration in U.S.unveiled a five-year blueprint to expand offshore drilling and gas leasing in nearly all U.S. waters. The plan, which would span 2019 to 2024, would also let the government auction off permanently protected areas.  This announcement was a significant counter-blow to the … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – XIII

Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – XII

Fate of oils in the ocean: Oil spills are one of the significant reasons of pollution of the marine ecology.  In earlier articles, we have seen environmental impacts of oils.  Although not a substantial cause of marine pollution (as compared to urban and agricultural runoffs), I will still like to dwell more on this topic … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – XII

Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – XI

Environmental effects of oil spill: Hi friends, as I had mentioned in my last article “Oil Spill” comes as a bolt from the blue.  It often results in both immediate and long-term environmental damage. Some of the long-term ecological destruction can last for even decades after the spill occurs. Once released into the aquatic system, … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – XI

Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – X

Oil spills and their effects on marine ecology Hi Friends, there is an old saying which says, “Of all the things you choose in life, you don't get to choose what your nightmares are. You don't pick them; they pick you”.     The incidence of an oil spill is the worst nightmare shipping industry can ever … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – X

Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – IX

Impact of shipping on marine pollution: With over 80 percent of global trade being carried on board ships and handled by seaports worldwide, the importance of maritime transport for business and development cannot be overemphasized. 10.3 billion tons (10,300,000,000 MT) of cargo was transported by sea in 2017.  The number of sea-going ships (cargo ships … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – IX