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Dedicated to providing information to help prepare and train for environmental issues and problems relating to the Black Sea and Caspian Sea. Site developed by the U.S. Department of Energy. Includes, e.g., a Technologies and Training, with links relating to oil spill clean-up technologies and training.

Illegal discharge of oil in the Black Sea, and salvage operation to respond to the accident with tanker Nassia in the entrance of the Bosporus in 1994. “Nassia released over 1,000 tons of oil to the sea, causing extensive environmental damage. The incident, one of many which occur in the busy and winding Bosporus, is a sharp reminder of the risks involved in transporting oil and the poor state of preparedness of Black Sea countries in the event of an accident. In 1995 alone, almost 1,500 large tankers navigated the Bosporus travelling to or from Black Sea ports. Since then, traffic has increased further due to the “early” oil shipments from the Caspian oil fields. The risk of more accidents has increased.”