TANKER OWNERS COPY WITH OPA, BUT . . .

The Petroleum industry Research Foundation Inc. (Pirinc), New York, reports the world tanker industry is learning to live with tough provisions of the U.S.'s Oil Pollution Act (OPA) of 1990. But serious problems lie over the horizon. In a report prepared under contract for the Department of Energy, Pirinc noted U.S. waterborne oil imports totaled 6.5 million b/d in 1991, three fourths of which was crude oil, and are expected to rise by almost 3 million b/d by 2000.

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