The Hebei Spirit oil Spill: 10 years of multimedia monitoring of oil contamination

Title
The Hebei Spirit oil Spill: 10 years of multimedia monitoring of oil contamination
Author(s)
하성용; 임운혁; 안준건; RAVI; 정지현; Andrew; 손현동; 심원준; 김문구
KIOST Author(s)
Ha, Sung Yong(하성용)Yim, Un Hyuk(임운혁)An, Joon Geon(안준건)Jung, Jee Hyun(정지현)Loh, Andrew(Loh, Andrew)Shim, Won Joon(심원준)Kim, Moonkoo(김문구)
Publication Year
2018-09-17
Abstract
On December 7, 2007, the single-hulled tanker M/V Hebei Spirit collided with a crane-carrying barge more than 10 km off the Taean coast of South Korea. The spill was estimated at 12,547 kL of mixtures of three types of Middle East crude oil and impacted approximately 375 km of the western coastline. This study was conducted over a period of 10 years in the affected areas for long-term impact assessment. Immediately after the spill, the direct impact on intertidal region was found to be several tens to hundreds times higher than pre-spill contamination levels. Comprehensive investigation after spill revealed that oil contamination decreased exponentially and approached pre-spill levels at most monitoring sites. The current environmental state with respect to Hebei Spirit appeared to have recovered to pre-spill conditions when compared with the background levels of oil pollution indices. Nevertheless, it is important to note that residual oils are still found in armored-beach and mud dominant regions in Taean area. and impacted approximately 375 km of the western coastline. This study was conducted over a period of 10 years in the affected areas for long-term impact assessment. Immediately after the spill, the direct impact on intertidal region was found to be several tens to hundreds times higher than pre-spill contamination levels. Comprehensive investigation after spill revealed that oil contamination decreased exponentially and approached pre-spill levels at most monitoring sites. The current environmental state with respect to Hebei Spirit appeared to have recovered to pre-spill conditions when compared with the background levels of oil pollution indices. Nevertheless, it is important to note that residual oils are still found in armored-beach and mud dominant regions in Taean area.
URI
https://sciwatch.kiost.ac.kr/handle/2020.kiost/23132
Bibliographic Citation
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Asia-Pacific 2018 Conference, pp.77, 2018
Publisher
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Type
Conference
Language
English
Publisher
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
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Research Interests

Microplastic pollution,Persistent Organic Pollutants,Oil Pollution,미세플라스틱 오염,잔류성 유기오염물질,유류오염

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