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: