A formal inquiry into the wreck of the oil tanker "Amoco Cadiz" opened in London on Tuesday.
A formal inquiry into the wreck of the oil tanker "Amoco Cadiz" opened in London on Tuesday. The inquiry has been convened by the Liberian government.
SYNOPSIS: The Amoco Cadiz, registered in Liberia and carrying 220-thousand tons of crude oil ran aground on the coast of France in March spilling her cargo into the sea. The result was an environmental disaster, costing French fishermen and tourist operations many millions of Francs. The French government later claimed the tanker's master failed to take steps which would have prevented the disaster.
In London, a give-man board of inquiry under the chairmanship of British lawyer, Sir Gordon Wilmer, will try to find out exactly what happened, and who was responsible. An interim report is likely within a few days, after the first session on engineering problems. Mr. Ernest Meclain, of the Liberian Bureau of maritime Affairs, told Visnews' Nick Jennings that Liberian safety standards were quite adequate.