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We work to prevent incidents that may result in spills of hazardous substances. This means making sure our facilities are well designed, safely operated, and properly inspected and maintained. It also involves an effective oil spill emergency response capability. We plan, prepare and practice our emergency response to incidents to mitigate the consequences to people and the environment.

Our HSSE & SP Control Framework includes manuals on emergency response and spill preparedness  that covers our requirements in this area. This includes working with the relevant local and national authorities, ensuring our staff has the appropriate training, and practicing exercise drills with other organisations.

Our ship quality assurance standard sets out requirements for the ships we use. To help prevent spills we require the oil tankers and barges we hire to have double hulls. In some jurisdictions this is in advance of regulatory requirements.

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Sustainability Report 2013

Discover what we say about oil spills on the Environment section in the Shell Sustainability Report 2013.

Read about our spills volumes and other environmental performance data: