Among the oil spills that occurred in the last five decades, the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill remains the worst oil spill to date. In the accident that took place almost 30 years ago, over 11 million gallons of crude oil were released into the waters of the Gulf of Alaska, killing thousands of marine life.
A popular myth exists that it is bad luck to rename a boat. It is unclear whether this applies to “boats” as big as a 987-foot-long oil tanker, but it is possible that the ship originally known as the Exxon Valdez might be used to argue that the answer is “yes.”
Oil spill as a result of maritime accidents have been a major concern for the shipping industry. Find out about twenty major oil spill incidents after 1967 that shook the maritime industry with their harmful effects and consequences.
CNN’s Kyra Phillips takes a close look at what went wrong on the Exxon Valdez with the ship’s captain, Joseph Hazelwood.
In 1989, a tanker ran aground off the coast of Alaska, causing one of the worst oil spills in United States history. Nearly 25 years later, the lessons of the Exxon Valdez continue to resonate.