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50 years on: the oily legacy of the "Torrey Canyon"
Topic Started: Mar 24 2017, 06:25 AM (172 Views)
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In the morning hours of March 18th, 1967, the crew of the "Torrey Canyon" - a large, and at the time newest-generation, state-of-the-art crude oil tanker – made a number of navigation and steering errors. The ship was carrying almost 120,000 tonnes of crude oil. The mistakes made by the crew and their captain were to have unprecedented consequences. The Torrey Canyon hit the world headlines and went down in history as the first major marine oil pollution disaster.

The "Torrey Canyon" struck Pollard's Rock in the Seven Stones Reef off the Cornish coast. That was the beginning of a huge environmental catastrophe. Part of the hull was ripped open, causing a large amount of its black cargo to leak into the sea. Eventually, the whole wreck just fell apart and every last drop of the 120,000 tonnes of crude oil drained into the sea.

When the unprecedented oil slick reached its furthest extent, covering an area of some 1,800 square kilometers (about 700 square miles), the British government decided on a radical combined action plan: burn the oil and clean up the mess.

"Explosive surgery" is what the Ministerial Committee on Emergencies called the procedure at the time. The oil slick was to to be set on fire by bombing the tanker, ultimately using even napalm.
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thank you sail, one of the finer traditions of pcom, learning about things you knew nothing about
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