Foreign tankers are routinely dumping huge quantities of noxious palm oil off the British coast. In the past two years satellites operated by the European Maritime Agency identified several large spills in the British waters, two with trails extending for more than 44 miles.
Palm oil is used in products including foods, soaps and biofuels. Ships often clean their tanks after delivering the substance and are allowed to discharge a limited amount at sea, provided this is done more than 12 miles from shore.
The oil is contaminated by chemicals and covered with a layer of poisonous bacteria when it reached the shore. A number of dogs have died after eating oil “fatbergs” on British beaches.