DOUBLE HULLS, OFFICER TRAINING KEY TANKER SAFETY ISSUES

About half the tanker oil spills in 1988-89 could have been prevented or minimized if the vessels had been double hulled, contends Tanker Advisory Center Inc. (TAC), New York. The other 50% of spilled oil resulted from the sinking of loaded tankers after an explosion, fire, or in bad weather. There is insufficient information to know whether double hulls would have prevented the sinkings, TAC said. Arthur McKenzie, TAC director, made the comments at the Institute of Marine Engineers London

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