The paper presents an experimental study on oil spilling from damaged double hull tanker (DHT). Only the grounding scenario is considered in the experiment. The effects of the initial thickness of the water layer in the ballast space on the oil leakage from a fixed damaged DHT in still water are focused. The dynamic process of the oil spilling is discussed based on the test data. The results reflect that the initial water layer in the ballast space significantly affects the oil leakage and thus may be considered in the design practices to improve the effectiveness of the DHT design.

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