MARINE ACCIDENT REPORT: GROUNDING OF THE U.S. TANKSHIP EXXON VALDEZ ON BLIGH REEF, PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND, NEAR VALDEZ, ALASKA, MARCH 24, 1989

An accident report on the grounding of the U.S. Tankship EXXON VALDEZ, near Valdez, Alaska on March 24, 1989, is presented. The safety issues discussed in the report are related to the vessel's navigation watch, human factors, manning standards, the company's drug/alcohol testing and rehabilitation program, vessel traffic service, and oil spill response. The safety recommendations that conclude this report were made to the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Exxon Shipping Company and other tankship companies carrying North Slope crude oil from Port Valdez, the state of Alaska, the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, and the Alaska Regional Response Team. Appendices include personnel information, VTS regulations for Prince William Sound, speech examination information, and other investigative data.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 259 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00661287
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB/MAR-90/04
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM