Steve's Marine Disaster Pages


The SEA EMPRESS ran aground at Milford Haven, spilling over 72,000 tons of crude into the sea - MUCH more oil than the infamous EXXON VALDEZ. The clean-up was conducted slightly better. The British authorities pointed out the best answers - The American authorities (with their equivalent disaster in Alaska with the EXXON VALDEZ) simply pointed the finger !!!

Keeping stricken tankers close to shore, so that the potential for pollution is reduced to confined area, is a sensible tactic, but one which apparently was not considered by the Spanish authorities when the PRESTIGE got into trouble a few years later. She was apparently ordered out to sea, so that when she did spill oil, the effect on a much larger length of coastline was terrible.

To learn more about tankers, their sizes and operation, click on Steve above, and visit his TANKER INFORMATION PAGE.



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