Watching Government
After Erika

Much like the repercussions from the Exxon Valdez disaster in the US, the loss of a tanker off France is prompting Europe to reexamine its maritime safety regulations.The 24-year-old tanker Erika broke in half during a storm off Brittany Dec. 12. The French Environment Ministry said the ship spilled about half of its 25,000-tonne cargo of fuel oil, polluting 250 miles of coastline and killing more than 60,000 marine birds.The Erika reflected the polyglot nature of the tanker industry: The shipper was French, the owner Italian, the crew Indian, and the flag Maltese.The French Bureau of Inquiries of Sea Accidents' preliminary report said corrosion probably caused a filled tank to ruptur...

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