Hydrocarbon pollution

It’s caused mainly by accidents on oil platforms and ships used for hydrocarbon transport but also by discharging into the sea of water used to wash tanks of tanker vessels. Crude oil and petroleum products form a waterproof film on water that prevents the exchange of oxygen between atmosphere and water causing damages to marine flora and fauna. Nowadays during transport over sea are used “double-hull” tankers to avoid leaks in case of accidents. The best international practices are adopted with regards to oil platforms to face or eventually adequately deal with any type of inconvenience.

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