India's Supreme Court Bans Exxon Valdez Ship From Entering India
India's top court has banned the Exxon Valdez oil tanker from entering into Indian waters where is was to be scrapped for metal by an Indian firm.
The tanker is now known as the Oriental Nicety, and has undergone five name changes and several different owners have passed it along since its fateful event in March of 1989 when it spilled million of gallons of crude oil in Prince William Sound, Alaska, killing over 40,000 birds and destroying the fishing industry there.
The court said that under an international law known as the Basel Convention, ships must be decontaminated in the ships country of export, in this case, the United States. The ship is also banned in the US.
Since the day if tore open a hole in the hull, it has been repaired, but has suffered more tragedy, as it collided head on with another ship in the South China Sea in 2005.
India has one of the world's largest industries for breaking down old ships and oil tankers centered around Alang, and workers in the coastal town are expected to process the ship to salvage scraps of metal and parts that retain value.