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Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa


Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa, 2021, Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 304-310

Oil spill at the Caspian Pipeline Consortium marine terminal near Novorossiysk on August 7, 2021: first results of satellite observations

A.G. Kostianoy 1, 2 , O.Yu. Lavrova 3 , E.A. Loupian 3 
1 Shirshov Institute of Oceanology RAS, Moscow, Russia
2 Moscow Witte University, Moscow, Russia
3 Space Research Institute RAS, Moscow, Russia
Accepted: 01.09.2021
DOI: 10.21046/2070-7401-2021-18-4-304-310
First results of the analysis of satellite radar images of the northeastern the Black Sea featuring an oil spill occurred on August 7, 2021, and its consequences are presented. The accident took place during refueling of Minerva Symphony tanker at the marine terminal of Caspian Pipeline Consortium-R (CPC-R) in the area of Yuzhnaya Ozereyevka village, Novorossiysk. Oil pollution was monitored on the basis of SAR-C radar images from Sentinel-1A/B satellites of the European Space Agency. Estimates of the area and volume of oil pollution are derived from radar images of August 7 and 8. On the image of August 7, acquired 98 minutes after the accident, the area of the oil slick on the sea surface is not less than 0.21 km2. In the radar image of August 8, the oil slick area is estimated at 83 km2. The article discusses possible spreading mechanisms of the oil film over the studied water area.
Keywords: Black Sea, oil pollution, Caspian Pipeline Consortium, satellite radar
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