Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Major historical incidents

Oil spills

A summary of the major oil spills in or near Australian waters, together with several smaller offshore spills that resulted in significant legal action. 

Incidents

Date Vessel Location Oil amount
28/11/1903 Petriana Port Phillip Bay, VIC 1,300 tonnes
03/03/1970 Oceanic Grandeur Torres Strait QLD 1,100 tonnes
26/05/1974 Sygna Newcastle, NSW 700 tonnes
14/07/1975 Princess Anne Marie Offshore, WA 14,800 tonnes
10/09/1979 World Encouragement Botany Bay NSW 95 tonnes
29/10/1981 Anro Asia Bribie Island QLD 100 tonnes
22/01/1982 Esso Gippsland Port Stanvac SA unknown
03/12/1987 Nella Dan Macquarie Island 125 tonnes
06/02/1988 Sir Alexander Glen Port Walcott, WA 450 tonnes
20/05/1988 Korean Star Cape Cuvier WA 600 tonnes
28/07/1988 Al Qurain Portland VIC 184 tonnes
21/05/1990 Arthur Phillip Cape Otway VIC unknown
14/02/1991 Sanko Harvest Esperance WA 700 tonnes
21/07/1991 Kirki WA 17,280 tonnes
30/08/1992 Era Port Bonython SA 300 tonnes
10/07/1995 Iron Baron Hebe Reef TAS 325 tonnes
28/06/1999 Mobil Refinery Port Stanvac SA 230 tonnes
26/07/1999 MV Torungen Varanus Island, WA 25 tonnes
03/08/1999   Laura D’Amato Sydney NSW 250 tonnes
18/12/1999 Sylvan Arrow Wilson's Promontory VIC <2 tonnes
02/09/2001 Pax Phoenix Holbourne Island, QLD <1000 litres
25/12/2002 Pacific Quest Border Island , QLD >70 km slick
24/01/2006 Global Peace Gladstone, QLD 25 tonnes
11/03/2009 Pacific Adventurer Cape Moreton, QLD 270 tonnes
21/08/2009 Montara Wellhead NW Australian coast approx 4,750 tonnes
03/04/2010 Shen Neng1 Great Keppel Island QLD 4 tonnes
09/01/2012 MV Tycoon Christmas Island 102 tonnes
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