10 Biggest Oil Spills in History

Oil Stain Removal throughout history!

Check out the Top 10 Biggest Oil Stain Cleanup jobs ever…

biggest oil spill in history

Biggest Oil Spill in History!

1. Gulf War, 1991
Location: Kuwait      Gallons: 240 to 336 million
How It Happened: As Iraqi forces retreated from Kuwait during the first Gulf War, they opened the valves of oil wells and pipelines in a bid to slow the onslaught of American troops. The result was the largest oil spill in history spanning an area just larger than the island of Hawaii.

Oil Spill Ixtoc

Ixtoc Oil Spill

2. Ixtoc 1 Oil Well, 1979
Location: Bay of Campeche, Mexico  Gallons: 140 million
How It Happened: An oil well in the Bay of Campeche collapsed after a pressure buildup sparked an accidental explosion. Over the next 10 months about 140 million gallons of crude spouted into the Gulf of Mexico requiring oil stain removal on a massive scale.

Atlantic Empress Oil Spill

Atlantic Empress Oil Spill

3. Atlantic Empress, 1979
Location: Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies
Gallons: 88.3 million
How It Happened: One stormy evening in July 1979, two full supertankers collided in the Caribbean Sea, precipitating the largest ship-sourced oil spill in history.

Fergana Oil Stain Removal

Fergana Valley Oil Spill Cleanup

4. Fergana Valley, 1992
Location: Uzbekistan     Gallons: 87.7 million
How It Happened: Nearly 88 million gallons of oil spilled from an oil well in Fergana Valley, creating the largest inland spill ever reported.

Largest inland oil spill

Nowruz Oil Spill

5. Nowruz Oil Field, 1983
Location: Persian Gulf     Gallons: 80 million
How It Happened: Smack in the middle of the Iran-Iraq War, an oil tanker crashed into the Nowruz Field Platform leaking 1500 barrels a day, but because it was in the centre of a war zone, seven months went by before it was fixed the subsequent oil stains removed.

Oil Spill cleanup

ABT Summer sinks on way to Rotterdam

6. ABT Summer, 1991
Location: Off the coast of Angola   Gallons: 80 million
How It Happened: A fully loaded tanker, the ABT Summer had an explosion onboard and caught fire. Surrounded by a growing oil slick that spanned 80 square miles, the tanker burned for three days before sinking.

Oil Spills can happen anywhere

Oil Spills can happen anywhere

7. Castillo de Bellver, 1983
Location: Off Saldanha Bay, South Africa   Gallons: 78.5 million
How It Happened: After catching fire, this ship sank into the deep ocean, with some nearly 110,000 tons of oil remaining in its tanks.

Oil Spill Removal

Oil Spill Removal with Vacuum Pumps and by Hand

8. Amoco Cadiz, 1978
Location: Off Brittany, France   Gallons: 68.7 million
How It Happened: The Amoco Cadiz ran aground off the coast of Brittany after a severe storm and its entire cargo of 246,000 tons of light crude oil was dumped into the English Channel, killing off more marine life than any other oil spill to date at the time.

Odyssey Oil Spill

Odyssey Oil Spill

9. Odyssey Oil Spill, 1988
Location: 700 nautical miles off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada
Gallons: 43 million
How It Happened: In November 1988 the Liberian tanker Odyssey, virtually full to the brim with North Sea crude oil, broke in two and sunk in the North Atlantic.

MT Haven Tanker Oil Disaster

MT Haven Tanker Oil Disaster

10. M/T Haven Tanker, 1991
Location: Genoa, Italy    Gallons: 42 million
How It Happened: An apparently shoddily maintained tanker exploded and later sunk off the coast of Italy. The accident killed six people and is now believed to be the largest shipwreck in the world and a popular tourist destination for divers.

Oil spills over the past 100 years have caused some of the biggest oil spill cleanup jobs ever.
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Chewing gum removal on pavements

‘Make manufacturers pay for cleaning up streets of Manchester’

Council bosses say food giants should shoulder chewing gum removal burden
and also make more environmentally-friendly gum

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Chewing Gum is a sticky problem for Manchester City Council

Chewing gum companies across the UK and further abroad should cough up cash to help keep Manchester’s streets clean, say council chiefs.Campaigners claim while the average piece of gum costs about 3p to buy, local authorities have to spend around £1.50 to clean it up.  Nearly a tonne of chewing gum was removed from Manchester city centre streets last year in a £40,000 clean-up operation.  The crackdown was largely funded by city centre firms and saw nearly 800,000 pieces of chewing gum removed.Food companies have been told they must shoulder the burden of removing gum on pavements – and produce environmentally-friendly alternatives.
Costs of removing chewing gum

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Pressure cleaning chewing gum is no problem for The Stain Eaters

Manufacturing giants such as Wrigley should make a ‘substantial contribution’ to the multi-million pound bill for cleaning up the ‘ugly mess’, says the Local Government Association.The call has been backed by businesses and council leaders in Manchester.  Coun Bernard Priest, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Chewing gum is a prominent problem in Manchester’s streets. Unlike a lot of other litter, chewing gum cannot simply be swept away. Once it’s trodden into the pavement, it’s very expensive to clean up.

“In principle I am behind the LGA’s idea but in reality it would be very difficult to enforce. “I imagine the legal framework to get big firms to contribute to clean up costs would be fraught with difficulties.  “The main message for people now is make sure you throw your gum in the bin and not on the street.”Coun Peter Box, LGA Environment spokesman, added: “The UK gum industry is a multi-million pound business and we believe in the principle of the ‘polluter’ paying.  “The chewing gum giants should be making a substantial contribution to help with the sterling work that councils are doing in removing it.”

Wrigley, owned by Mars and produces Orbit and Extra Gum, say they are committed to tackling litter problems.  A spokesman for Wrigley said: “Wrigley takes the issue of littered gum very seriously. We believe that the only long-term solution to this problem is persuading people to dispose of their chewing gum responsibly, as the large majority already do.

“This is why we invest in programs, such as the Chewing Gum Action Group (CGAG), which are designed to inspire the remaining minority to do the right thing and put their chewing gum in the bin.”

*Article Source – Manchester Evening News (25/11/14) Charlotte Dobson
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The problem of removing chewing gum is one that many councils across the world face including those in the major cities of Australia such as Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane.

Many local taxpayers across Australia have heard about the message being put to chewing gum manufacturer Wrigley and have joined the fight against this sticky situation with the help of pressure cleaners, The Stain Eaters who operate Australia-wide to remove chewing gum and have provided industry-leading stain removal and high-pressure washing services for over 35 years.

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Graffiti Removal Brisbane Pop-Up Event

Graffiti Removal in Brisbane
Highlighted with ‘Pop-Up Event’

Price tags showing the yearly cost to ratepayers of cleaning graffiti have appeared on light poles, seats
and other council assets along Boundary Street in the Brisbane suburb of West End.

Costs of Graffiti Removal

Graffiti Removal Price Tag in Brisbane, Queensland as part of the pop-up event

The pop-up event is the third to be held in Brisbane as part of the Cost of Crime awareness campaign by Crime Stoppers Queensland and the Brisbane City Council.

Trevor O’Hara, chief executive officer of Crime Stoppers Queensland, says the price tags are designed to encourage people to “reclaim their space from graffiti crime”.

“It costs Brisbane City Council more than million each year to remove graffiti from council assets.”

This doesn’t include additional costs to business owners and residents who have to remove graffiti from their properties.”

The previous two events, held at New Farm Park in the inner-city and Blackwood Street in Mitchelton on Brisbane’s northside, received a positive response from locals.

“A lot of people have told us how much they like what we’re doing and we’ve even had joggers high-fiving us as they go past,” Mr O’Hara said.

Reaction in West End, a renowned cultural hub, was mixed.  “It’s a good idea,” Matthew said, a small business owner on Boundary Street.

“Although I don’t think the public worry too much about the financial side of things. “Graffiti makes people think if the hoods can do graffiti, then they can do drugs and other things.

“Still it’s good that they [Crime Stoppers] and local graffiti removal companies such as The Graffiti Eaters are here.”

Mr O’Hara says graffiti not only has a visual impact, “It can also affect the liveability of suburbs,” he said.

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Graffiti Removal Cleanup in Brisbane, Australia

‘Element of surprise’ about upcoming locations

The Spanish city of Pamplona was the first city to use pop-up events to great effect during an award-winning campaign in 2008 that targeted the cost of graffiti vandalism.

Having seen the success of the Pamplona campaign, Crime Stoppers and the Brisbane City Council teamed up to bring awareness to the community regarding graffiti removal in Brisbane with the city being the first Australian location to undertake the initiative.

The Brisbane pop-up events will continue every month until the end of the year however, Mr O’Hara is tight-lipped about the upcoming locations.

“We don’t want to give too much away to ensure the maximum impact,” he said.

“We set up at each location before dawn so the local residents wake up to something different, then we pack up and leave by late morning.  “We like to use the element of surprise.”

*Article Source: ABC News (Giulio Saggin) 07/05/2014

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Graffiti taggers wreak havoc in Boroondara

Graffiti removal a high priority for Melbourne area of Boroondara

GRAFFITI taggers are continuing to wreak havoc in Boroondara, as a new council removal program is rolled out across the city.

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Graffiti tagging abundant in local council area of Melbourne (Boroondara)

A resident — who asked not be named — said the proliferation of graffiti in the northern suburbs of the Boroondara municipality was alarming, with Balwyn and surrounding suburbs including Surrey Hills and Canterbury copping the brunt of “this criminal activity”.”We see long-term graffiti removal as a necessity along Whitehorse Rd which no one appears to be taking the responsibility to remove,” the resident said.

Graffiti removal in Melbourne and indeed right across Australia has become a huge concern for local residents, councils and commercial centres and as vandals become more brazen, learning new ways to access hard-to-reach areas and spread the popularity of this crime amongst their peers.

Graffiti removal in Melbourne a priority

Graffiti removal desperately needed at Belmore Rd in Melbourne’s east

“Along the pedestrian walkway to Chatham station from Mont Albert Rd, the fences, park bins, street signs, fire hydrants and even the road bear witness to this delinquent activity.The walls abutting the station itself are an utter disgrace.Eight of Boroondara’s 20 shopping centre trader associations have entered into an arrangement where the cost of removing graffiti from private shops and buildings is shared with the council.However, Balwyn does not have a designated traders association and is not one of the areas to sign up to the plan.

Council director of environment and infrastructure Bruce Dobson said individual shop owners could still access paint and graffiti-cleaning kits to clean up their private property.

One of the eight centres to have already signed up to the program is North Balwyn Village with centre co-ordinator Janet Busby saying “I personally hate graffiti and the way we have been able to remove it is something we’re very proud of.”

Graffiti removal programs allow us to take great pride in the centre.”

*Article Source: ‘Herald Sun Online’ – (Leader Community Newspapers)

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Graffiti Facts and Figures in NSW

Graffiti Removal decreases vandalism across NSW

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Exact figures in regards to graffiti vandalism are hard to obtain, both because graffiti vandalism is an under-reported crime, and due to irregular and inconsistent reporting of data by government agencies, businesses, the community and private property owners.The following statistics as such should be considered in this light.

What is graffiti vandalism?

The term ‘graffiti vandalism’ refers to illegally defacing private or public property with markings and/or graphics without the owners consent. Graffiti is illegal and an offence under the Graffiti Control Act 2008 (NSW) and the NSW Crimes Act 1900.

Types of graffiti included within this definition include tagging, etching and murals.

Graffiti removal results

Graffiti removal proven results

The incidence of graffiti and a reduction in graffiti

A total of 95,409 incidents of graffiti were reported to NSW Police from 2005 to 2013, with an average annual number of incidents per year of 9,540. There has been a reduction in the amount of graffiti being reported to police in recent years.  In 2011 there were 8,957 instances of graffiti reported to NSW Police, down from 9,653 in 2010 and 11,708 in 2009.

Source: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), 2013.

Graffiti hotspot

Graffiti removal hotspot

Graffiti Hot-spots in NSW

Graffiti hotspots are those Local Government Area (LGAs) with the highest number of recorded incidences of graffiti. The table below lists the top 10 LGAs in NSW with the highest number of graffiti incidents in 2013.

Top 10 LGAs for graffiti, 2013

Postcode  Number of incidents
Lake Macquarie 555 1
Sutherland Shire 536 2
Newcastle 476 3
Blacktown 432 4
Wyong 420 5
Sydney 363 6
Penrith 306 7
The Hills Shire 293 8
Gosford 258 9
Blue Mountains 247 10

Source: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), 2014

Graffiti Targets

In 2013, the premises types most commonly reported to police as being targets of graffiti vandalism were residential dwellings (26.3%). This was followed by business/ commercial (19.6%), education (15.3%) and outdoor/public places (15.6%).

Most common premise types for graffiti, 2013

Premises Type  No of GV Incidents
Residential 2356 26.3
Business/Commercial 1765 19.6
Education 1373 15.3
Outdoor/Public Place 1397 15.6
Public Transport 783 8.7
Recreation 419 4.7
Other 864 9.7
Total 8957 100


Source: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), 2013.

Graffiti Offenders

Graffiti vandalism is a crime for which it is difficult to apprehend and therefore, prosecute offenders and graffiti removal can be a difficult task unless you have the expertise of cleaning companies like The Graffiti Eaters.   For the seven years between 2005-2011, there were 75,330 graffiti incidents reported to police.

Of these, formal proceedings were brought against 8,596 (11.4%) people. Males represented 90% (7,726) of all people proceeded against. Just under three-quarters (71%, 6,102) of offenders proceeded against were under the age of 18, 88% of whom were male.

At The Graffiti Eaters we remove graffiti and stains not just in NSW but Australia-wide and use our proven proprietary techniques to ensure a great result, first time. We also assist you with preventing further crimes from occurring with our proven ‘tips & tricks to prevent graffiti vandalism‘.

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Graffiti Tagging Used For Dog Theft

Graffiti tagging to steal fighting dogs increases

Dog theft using graffiti

Graffiti dog tagging

Criminals are scouting Melbourne suburbs for pets to steal and use in illegal dog fights, and they are using graffiti tags to mark their target houses according to recent reports in the press and social media.

A Facebook post, which has been shared more than 5000 times in just over a week, displays graffiti used to mark houses where eligible dogs live that are marked to be stolen. It claims these “dog fight markers” have become more apparent in the community across major Australian cities including Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

One such tag was placed on Settlement Road, Bundoora in Melbourne’s north recently and one Facebook poster, Liana Horn, commented that the markers “indicate a dog to be either used for bait or for a dog fight.” “Please look out for these and keep your eyes peeled,” she wrote.

“Police have been alerted but please be on the look out on fences, trees and power lines as I didn’t think that these things would happen to me. Please share as much as you can with all dog owners.” Quick graffiti removal is one of the best ways to prevent returning criminals from knowing where their target dogs were and for those who are at risk of regular attack, graffiti protection such as alarms, increased lighting or anti-graffiti coatings can also provide a barrier from the criminal element in your neighbourhood.

Ms Horn, who owns a staghound crossbreed, had previously been told by three people that dog fight markers exist. “I knew it was dog tagging because I was warned by my vet, the adoption place I got my dog off of and one of my friends who had researched into it,” she said. “Also, one of my work friends has two pit-bulls and this has been happening to him for four years now. He said that the tag was the same as the ones they used on his property.”

Dog theft using graffiti

Graffiti tags used to steal dogs

Ms Horn said she has resorted to installing security cameras on her property out of fear her dog may be taken. Victoria Police said it had no information on dog fight markers and could therefore not verify the accuracy of Ms Horn’s claims.

“I can’t confirm if it is a hoax or not as we know nothing about them as far as I can determine,” Inspector Ian Geddes said.

The post has evoked impassioned responses from dog lovers and continues to be shared at a rapid rate.  “You know that’s the third status about this exact thing I’ve seen tonight? I wonder if they do it in waves or something,” one comment states.  Another claims the dog fight markers are appearing in other areas of Melbourne.

“They are doing it in Melton and Bacchus Marsh as well,” the comment states.  RSPCA Victoria Inspectorate Manager Allie Jalbert stated that “We do hear anecdotally of dog fights occurring in Victoria, but the activity is very difficult to detect,” Mr Jalbert said. RSPCA Victoria works closely with Victoria Police to investigate any information or reports that come to light regarding illegal dog fighting activity.”

In July last year, a Melton woman claimed her dog was stolen and used as a ‘‘bait dog’’ for illegal dog fighting.

Graffiti removal in Melbourne and right across Australia including Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and more is a key priority for local residents in an effort to reduce and prevent these sort of crimes in their community as they can also lead to house burglary, home invasion and violent attacks.

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– ‘Criminals marking houses to steal dogs’ : The Weekly Review Melbourne Times  05/02/2014
Facebook Post by Liana Horn: Dog Theft Victoria

Anti-graffiti window film saves $$$

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Vandal scratching glass

Graffiti vandalism can include damage to glass surfaces

With glass surfaces such as bus windows and shopfronts becoming more frequently targeted by vandals the need for anti-graffiti window film is increasing and we have met this demand with our latest proprietary offering designed to prevent surface damage to glass and other delicate surfaces.This new protective window film provides an invisible barrier on the glass to allow vandalism such as scratches, texta and graffiti to be easily removed.  The anti-scratch window film allows easy removal and replacement when the vandals scratch into it and is a cost-effective solution to this type of vandalism.

One of the key ingredients in this type of protective coating is that for the majority of cases the vandals don’t even know the film is there and will not attempt to peel it off and scratch the underlying glass surface.

Anti-graffiti window film

Anti-graffiti window film saves you $$$

Anti-graffiti window film also has the added benefits of providing extra protection against extreme temperatures and UV radiation and the protective film is quickly growing in popularity on surfaces such as:

  • Buses and Coaches
  • Taxis
  • Private Transport vehicles
  • Shopfront Windows
  • Council and Corporate Offices
  • Petrol Stations
  • Warehouse and Retail Outlets
  • Pharmacies

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Oil Stains driving you round the bend?

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Oil stain removal

Oil stain removal needs the right approach to avoid damaging the substrate

Oil stain removal

Oil stain removal process for hard surfaces

Recently we performed an interesting oil stain removal job where a mechanic had failed to tighten a sump plug.  This was disastrous as the vehicle had been driven all the way home from the service centre with oil leaking out of the engine the entire way home…

Driveway coating before and after

Coating your driveway can greatly increase its lifespan

Utilising our proven techniques to clean oil stains from driveways, roads and other masonry surfaces we were able to achieve a fantastic outcome for the client and well within budget.In addition we also provided a new driveway coating to ensure any further stains could not attack the underlying substrate.  This had the added benefit of improving the overall look and value of the property and included the safety component of an anti-slip coating to avoid accident and injury. 

The key to remember with oil stain removal is to remove oil stains quickly so as to avoid the oil soaking into the substrate and causing further, more permanent damage.   The driveway coatings then provide the long-lasting protection that many properties are sorely lacking.

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Another great result means another happy client!

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                  Oil stains on your property?               We remove stains off any hard surface

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Graffiti Removal Day a success

Graffiti Removal Volunteers make a big difference

Graffiti removal day volunteers

Volunteers lend a helping hand

Graffiti vandalism is a problem right across New South Wales and costs local communities millions of dollars each year. However, yesterday they received a welcome relief with volunteers across the state lending a helping a hand to provide graffiti removal and other cleaning of vandalism.

The New South Wales Government is committed to reducing vandalism by encouraging local communities to get involved in the fight against graffiti and established this event to promote graffiti removal and prevention in the community. This event occurred yesterday and was known as “Graffiti Removal Day“.

The aim of the Day is to encourage people to volunteer their time and get involved in the removal and prevention of graffiti. and is a joint initiative between the New South Wales Government and Rotary Down Under.


Successful graffiti removal

Successful graffiti removal

Graffiti Removal Day was a success this year purely because family, friends and local organisations across the state of NSW took a proactive approach to get involved in the fight against graffiti. Groups that took part included sporting clubs, chambers of commerce, service clubs, councils and schools just to name a few.

Although Graffiti Removal Day was a success there needs to be a continued and sustained effort to dramatically reduce and prevent graffiti from occurring.  

To know more about the day visit the ‘Graffiti Removal Day’ website or for professional graffiti removal call ‘The Graffiti Eaters’  on 1300 305 307 or email getitoff@graffitieaters.com