This article reviews a 45-page document titled "Report of the Tanker Safety Study Group" that was prepared by the U.S. Coast Guard as an internal report in an action directly attibutable to the grounding of the EXXON VALDEZ in Alaska. Although the report was not intended for public release, it was nonetheless obtained by a Seattle, Washington newspaper under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. The review finds the report to be a singularly honest appraisal of most of the real problems faced by the Coast Guard in attempting to manage the merchant marine inspection program. After discussing the various problems in length and in depth--including human factors, ship age, scantlings, maintenance, flag and classification society shortcomings, and lack of Coast Guard authority over foreign tankers--the report admits that human error is to blame in 90 percent of collisions and groundings and in 75 percent of fires and explosions. The shortcomings of marine inspection and in the personnel training programs associated with it are identified. The report contains 33 specific conclusions, each accompanied by a recommendation for action. A representative selection from these recommendations is included in this review.

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    • Journal article
  • Authors:
    • Drahos, J
  • Publication Date: 1990-10

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  • Pagination: 3 p.
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  • Accession Number: 00661557
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM