The safety record of the world tanker industry is rapidly growing worse. In the latest accident, two crude oil tankers collided and caught fire on the evening of Jan. 20 in a busy shipping lane off the northwest coast of Sumatra. The Maersk Navigator, a 255,000 dwt vessel carrying 1.65 million bbl of oil from the Persian Gulf to Japan, and Sanko Honour, a 96,550 dwt vessel carrying an unreported volume of crude, crashed at a point near 6 N. Lat., 94 E. Long. Meantime, rough weather prevented divers from surveying the wreckage of the 89,000 dwt Braer oil tanker, which ran aground Jan. 5 on the Shetland Islands coast. The...

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