Exxon Valdez Heads To Scrap Heap
MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:
Now, a ship that will live in infamy and soon, it will live in a scrap yard. This oil tanker became a household name on March 24, 1989.
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UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: The tanker, Exxon Valdez, remains beached on a reef some 25 miles from the Trans-Alaska Pipeline terminal. The coast guard says 20,000 gallons of fuel is leaking every hour and the oil slick has spread more than...
ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:
That was the report on NPR 23 years ago. The ship is no longer an oil tanker, nor is it the Exxon Valdez.
BLOCK: After the disastrous oil spill, it was repaired in San Diego, then it set sail again under the name, Exxon Mediterranean.
SIEGEL: Eventually, as new owners took over, the name continued to evolve.
BLOCK: The Sea River Mediterranean.
SIEGEL: The Dong Fang Ocean, a converted cargo ship.
BLOCK: And, these days, it's called - get this - the Oriental Nicety. And that will be the ship's final name now that the Oriental Nicety has been sold for scrap.
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