Chapter 18

The Hebei Spirit Oil Spill, 2007

U.H. Yim, and W.J. Shim     Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, Geoje, Republic of Korea


The Hebei Spirit oil spill (HSOS) in December 7, 2007, was the worst oil spill recorded in Korea, with the release of approximately 10,900 tons of crude oil and 375 km of coastline polluted along the west coast of Korea. Immediately after the spill, and based on the National Contingency Plan, the Korean Coast Guard, together with associated agencies, organizations, and local authorities established the National Disaster Prevention and Countermeasures Headquarters. A total of 20,210 ships were mobilized, approximately 47 km of oil booms were installed, and 493 tons of oil adsorbent were used both ...

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