OPA 90

The Donaldson Report has been published and the majority of the shipping world wonders, "where do we go from here?" The international nature of the business is consensus, which means that rules applicable in Europe are also applicable in, say, Asia or South America. By its very nature, this method takes time. By contrast the United States (U.S.) takes a unilateral approach to transport regulations and because it is such an important trading nation, particularly with regard to shipping, those wishing to participate in the trade must comply with U.S. rules. The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) is one example. The shipping industry in general and the tanker industry in particular has had to adapt if it wishes to trade within the U.S. navigable waters, adjoining shorelines, or the exclusive economic zone. This paper looks at those sections of OPA 90 that have had the biggest impact on the tanker industry when trading to the U.S. Discussion focuses on how OPA 90 addresses the issues of prevention, clean up, and who will pay?

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    • This article is based on a paper presented at the "Colloquium on Shipping, Safety and the Environment--a post-Donaldson Analysis" held at London Guildhall University, November 24-25, 1994.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Taylor & Francis

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    Abingdon,   United Kingdom  OX14 4RN
  • Authors:
    • Wood, P J
  • Publication Date: 1995-7


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  • Accession Number: 00711610
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 26 1995 12:00AM