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Unusual Behavior by Tankers Near Brazil Oil Spill

The source of the massive oil spill affecting Brazil remains unclear, but unusual tanker activity raises questions.

For months now, oil has been washing up on the beaches of northeast Brazil. Government officials, scientists and non-governmental organizations around the world — including SkyTruth — have been trying to identify the source of the pollution; so far, unsuccessfully. SkyTruth analyst Bjorn Bergman recently decided to take a look at AIS ship-tracking data in the region and found some unusual behavior from oil tankers passing through the area.


Tanker Full Of Kurdish Crude Departs US Gulf

Remember the supertanker loaded with crude oil from Kurdistan that had nowhere to go to unload its cargo, and ended up hanging around in the Gulf of Mexico off Galveston, Texas?  That was months ago, but now the United Kalavrvta is on the move again, and appears to be heading out of the Gulf and […]


Playing Hide-and-Seek! With an Oil Tanker.

Supertankers loaded with crude have been making the news recently, mostly because they can’t find a place to sell the stuff. These tankers departed from Kurdistan, but Iraq claims the oil they carry is their property and the Kurds don’t have the right to sell it.  This global political dispute is playing out on the […]


Tanker Collides With Drill Rig Off Corpus Christi, Texas

The FR8 Pride, a Panamax tanker that carries petroleum products, lost power this morning and drifted into a mobile offshore drilling unit – a large jackup drill rig called the Rowan EXL I.  The rig was not drilling at the time; it was damaged and has been stabilized.  The tanker sustained flooding in a bow […]


Owning Up to Oil: Trinidad and Tobago

Oil spills off Trinidad indicate chronic problems with infrastructure.

Although many people might not realize it, the small two-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago located off Venezuela’s east coast has been involved in the fossil fuel industry for over a century. While recent media attention has focused on a listing tanker off the coast of Trinidad, SkyTruth analysis of satellite imagery reveals that oil slicks around offshore oil and gas infrastructure throughout the region is common, threatening local fisheries, fishermen, and ecosystems.