After a description of the international regulatory framework, this paper examines the European project DE.E.P.P. and provides an overview of shipwreck databases in Italy. Afterwards, it reconstructs the recent history of the supertanker VLCC Haven which represents one of the largest Mediterranean shipwrecks. The findings of this paper emphasize the need to unify all the various agencies databases into a national Territorial Information System of potentially polluting wrecks. This System would be completed by all the information available in archives and press, to allow an adequate environmental risk monitoring and classification of shipwrecks in the Italian seas.
Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping
Journal or Conference Title
International Hydrographic Review
No. 2 (2009)
International Hydrographic Organization
Masetti, Giuseppe and Orsini, Fulvia, "Environmental Risks Monitoring of Shipwrecks in Italian Seas" (2009). International Hydrographic Review. 490.