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In 2018, the International Salvage Union (ISU) provided documented salvage services to vessels carrying 3,213,228 tonnes of potentially polluting cargo and fuel during operations demonstrating the importance of the salvor's role in protecting the marine environment. The ISU also documented a significant increase in 2018 of vessels carrying crude oil and refined oil products 1,302,988 tonnes – up from 933,198 tonnes in 2017 – and a large increase in the number of containers involved in salvage cases, rising from 45,655 TEU in 2017 to 59,874 TEU in 2018 (ISU, 2019). The year 2019, was characterized by an increase in containership fires (Hand, 2019). In the period 1994 to 2018, ISU members provided services to casualty vessels carrying 31,419,604 tonnes of potential pollutants, an average of more than one million tonnes per year. The following table provides a summary of the 2017–2018 pollution prevention data:

Table 1:

2018 International Salvage Union Pollution Prevention Survey Results

2018 International Salvage Union Pollution Prevention Survey Results
2018 International Salvage Union Pollution Prevention Survey Results

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