Determinants of vessel-accident bunker spills

Wayne K. Talley, Tsz Leung Yip, Di Jin

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The study investigates determinants of vessel-accident bunker fuel spillage. A vessel-accident bunker spillage equation is estimated using Tobit regression and data of individual non-oil-cargo vessel accidents that were investigated by the US Coast Guard during 2001-2008. The results indicate that the bunker spillage of a freight ship and an offshore supply vessel accident will be greater than that of a passenger ship accident. Also, the bunker spillage of a non-oil-cargo vessel accident will be greater if the vessel accident is an abandonment and occurs at night, but less if the accident involves a vessel that has diesel propulsion and even less if the vessel has both diesel propulsion and a steel hull.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605-609
Number of pages5
JournalTransportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Bunker spill
  • Maritime pollution
  • Oil-cargo spill
  • Vessel accident

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transportation
  • Environmental Science(all)


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