Tankers Full of Trouble

Tankers Full of Trouble

The Perilous Journey of Alaskan Crude

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
Describes life aboard an oil tanker as it travels from Valdez, Alaska to Cherry Point, Washington and back, and discusses the failure of government regulation to ensure adequate safety precautions

Book News
After the Exxon Valdez disaster, journalist Nalder was assigned by the Seattle Times to learn everything he could about oil ships. He did so by spending time aboard the Arco Anchorage, and his report interweaves a portrait of life and danger at sea with discussion of the tanker industry and how the systems designed to protect against oil spills don't work. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
The Exxon Valdez and Shetland Islands disasters provide constant reminders of the threats that oil tankers pose - both to the fragile environment and to the crew aboard the ships. In Tankers Full of Trouble, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Eric Nalder presents a compelling and sobering account of the men and women who make their living aboard these modern giants, and of a resistant industry confronting economic and social demands for change.
With a sympathetic ear and a knowing eye Nalder takes us aboard the Arco Anchorage - three football fields long, ten highway lanes wide, and with a hull as deep in the water as a five-story building - as it travels from Valdez, Alaska, to Cherry Point, Washington, and back again. During the 2,400 nautical miles of the voyage the crew faces peril at every turn, from temperatures of seventy degrees below zero, waves eighty feet high, and gas poisoning to violent explosions. Interwoven with this portrait of life and danger at sea is a penetrating investigation of the tanker industry: how well-meaning bureaucracies protect rather than discipline the industry they regulate; how systems designed to ensure against oil spills don't work; how shipbuilders prevent governments from enacting tougher rules to promote safety; and how an aging fleet is ever more susceptible to massive oil spills.
Written in the tradition of John McPhee, Tankers Full of Trouble moves from the bridge of the Arco Anchorage to the corporate boardroom as it presents a dramatic narrative that also addresses an issue of vital importance to an energy-dependent country.

Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c1994
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780802114587
Characteristics: xviii, 294 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm


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