I need some assistance with these assignment. water pollution by oil spills and accidental release in trinidad and tobago Thank you in advance for the help! Water bodies are the most frequently polluted sites from human activities. They also suffer the final stroke from other pollution activities, the final deposition point of all pollutants are at the water bodies. Oil spills and accidental release of pollutants are common in water bodies. From spillage from water machinery, factory release and other machinery activities which end up releasing oil to the water have constantly been experienced. This document analyses oil spills and accidental release to the Trinidad and Tobago water bodies and suggests ways on how the problem can be solved.
Trinidad and Tobago have high sensitivity in the environmental sector, especially on the water bodies. The two islands have high oil-related activities both on the land and in the surrounding water. Oil spillage has been continuous in these islands. In 1979, an 8th largest oil spill in history occurred ten miles off Tobago. A large crude carrier, Atlantic Empress sailing from Saudi Arabia to Beaumont, Texas collided with a Greek supertanker Aegean Captain which was sailing from Aruba on its way to Singapore. Due to heavy rains and fog, they could not see each other until they were 500 meters apart, which was too late for a change of course by either ship, the collision occurred causing fire and oil spillage. It was reported that after a week, Empress sank, having spilt around 287,000 metric tonnes of crude oil to the surrounding Caribbean Sea (Gillis, 52). The area is still at risk with about 4 million barrels being transported over the surrounding water daily and Gulf of Paria having the largest number of oil tankers in the western world. Gulf of Paria has experienced constant oil seepages to the waters.
The spillage has caused great effects to the biophysical environment and the creatures living in it. .
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