It’s 50 years given that Torrey Canyon oil spill off the coast of Cornwall, one in every of many worst oil spills ever. The disaster led to a sequence of dramas, not solely oil slicks and ineffective wildlife, nevertheless (partly ineffective) bombings of the wreck by the British navy, and the subsequent approved drama (as reported by Wikipedia):
Claims have been made by the British and French governments in opposition to the home house owners of the vessel and the next settlement was the most important ever in marine historic previous for an oil declare. The British authorities was able to serve its writ in opposition to the home house owners solely by arresting the Torrey Canyon’s sister ship, the Lake Palourde, when she put in for provisions at Singapore, four months after the oil spill. A youthful British lawyer, Anthony O’Connor, from a Singaporean regulation company, Drew & Napier, was deputised to arrest the ship on behalf of the British authorities by attaching a writ to its mast. O’Connor was able to board the ship and serve the writ as a result of the ship’s crew thought he was a whisky salesman. The French authorities, alerted to the Lake Palourde’s presence, pursued the ship with motor boats, nevertheless crew have been unable to board and serve their writ.
Additional importantly, the disaster led to a sequence of modifications in worldwide regulation, as knowledgeable by the Worldwide Maritime Group, along with modification of the Worldwide Convention for the Prevention of Air air pollution of the Sea by Oil and adoption of the Worldwide Convention for the Prevention of Air air pollution from Ships.
The spill moreover led to early approved scholarship on environmental regulation, along with Albert Utton’s 1968 “Defending Measures and the ‘Torrey Canyon'” and Colorado water regulation scholar Ved Nanda’s “The Torrey Canyon Disaster: Some Licensed Factors”.