Exxon Valdez: thirty three years on. A Navigate Response webinar

28 March 2022
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When the Exxon Valdez struck Bligh Reef on 24 March 1989, the fallout was dramatic. 11 million gallons of oil were spilled, and Prince William Sound was inundated with global media attention.

The event was a turning point for the wider shipping industry. A suite of new regulations were imposed – affecting a range of issues from vessel design to community consultation. Most importantly, the United States passed the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) – setting a global standard for oil spill response. But how have these regulations changed the industry? Why was the Exxon Valdez such a catalyst for change? And what was it like to be involved in the clean-up and media maelstrom of such a transformative event?

Scheduled for the 33rd anniversary of the incident, Witt O’Brien’s and Navigate Response presented a webinar featuring Mike Gallagher who was on scene during the clean-up operations and Edward Ion who covered the story a world away with Lloyds List. Watch a replay:


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