EXXON VALDEZ--SYMBOL OF A MYTH, END OF AN ERA?
The circumstances surrounding the grounding of the EXXON VALDEZ in Prince William Sound, Alaska, on the night of 23-24 March 1989 are first described. The attempts to deal with the massive oil spill that resulted when ten of the tanker's 15 tanks were opened to the sea are then discussed. The author then contends that the Coast Guard's vessel traffic center at Valdez might have prevented the accident if Coast Guard appropriations cutbacks had not prevented its having an automatic collision or grounding warning system in place or if it had been operated more aggressively and taken emergency action when the VALDEZ was lost from its radars.
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- Koburger Jr, C W
- Publication Date: 1989-5
- Pagination: 2 p.
- Safety at Sea International
- Issue Number: No.242
- Publisher: DMG World Media, Limited
- ISSN: 0142-0666
- TRT Terms: Oil spills; Traffic control
- Identifier Terms: Exxon Valdez (Tanker); United States Coast Guard
- Geographic Terms: Valdez (Alaska)
- Old TRIS Terms: Accident descriptions; Tanker accidents
- Subject Areas: Marine Transportation; Operations and Traffic Management;
- Accession Number: 00657946
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM