Erika spill prompts maritime safety review

The oil spill resulting from the breakup of the Erika tanker off France has, so far, affected more than 400 km of the country's coastline (OGJ, Dec. 20, 1999, p. 38). A positive development from the spill may be the prompting of tougher marine safety and navigation rules and more-rigorous inspection of older tankers.French Transport Minister Jean-Claude Gayssot has written to the presidents of oil companies and to the president of the trade group Union FranGayssot is also preparing to go to war against the sloppy safety record of convenience-flag tankers. He has asked the European Union to set up a common system to eliminate any contravention of the rules of the World Maritime Organiz...

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