We’ve posted about bilge dumping before – the practice of flushing the oily slop out of your vessel, straight into the ocean. It’s illegal in a lot of places, but it is very hard to enforce. SkyTruth’s daily offshore monitoring program just caught this fine (awful?) example of bilge dumping off the coast of Vietnam, in a major north-south shipping lane about 115 miles offshore:
Zooming in on those black streaks, and turning the image west-up, here’s a closer look at this mess:
More images and analysis after the jump….
Busted! Sort of. Following the visible stern wake, we come to a vessel 30 miles away, the likely perpetrator for this particular slick:
If anybody has access to AIS (automated identification system) data, they can probably ID this vessel for us. It’s location is 12.820307° N / 111.724137° E, heading 33°, time 02:37:19 UTC on February 22, 2012. Go get ’em!