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  • The Lawless Sea

    This eight-month investigation unveiled the "tangled web of responsibility" behind the 2002 sinking of the oil tanker Prestige off the coast of Spain and France. The investigation uncovered the various international stakeholders, including a U.S.- based inspection company, that failed to stop the faulty ship from launching. Ultimately, the investigation shows that, even though it was known that the ship was not seaworthy, the secrecy and lack of accountability surrounding the shipping industry allowed it to operate.
  • Danger on the Water

    After the Exxon Valdez fouled the Alaskan coastline with 11 million gallons of oil in 1989, federal lawmakers enacted some of the strictest spill prevention measures in the world. But safety advocates say attempts by the worldwide shipping industry to shave costs and reduce liability are undermining the effectiveness of those spill prevention measures.
  • Blue Frontier - Saving America's Living Seas

    Helvarg's book explores "the impact of history, commerce and policy on marine life" from the World War II until today. The author looks at the latest controversies related to beach closures, oil spills and natural disasters in the sea, and finds that "sensible politics can still halt the onslaught of industrial destruction, despite today's wide-open development along our coasts and in our offshore waters." The book follows "the money trail to the water's edge," and sheds light on how various industries vying for profits have spurred some of the today's major oceanic issues.
  • The Shipbreakers

    In this in-depth article Langewiesche takes a look Alang, India, a small community at the center of a controversy that involves the shipping industry and the practice of dismantling old ships for scrap metal.
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    In an eight-month investigation, the Houston Chronicle investigated the ocean shipping industry and found that the world's seas are routinely traversed by thousands of aged, poorly maintained ships that lack the most basic lifesaving and firefighting equipment. Ships today are often manned by overworked, ill-trained sailors who are unable to communicate, especially during crisis, because of language barriers. (Aug. 18-22, 1996)
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    Philadelphia Inquirer looks into United States Merchant Marine Academy; finds most of the academy's graduates become executives in the shipping industry, never pursuing the career at sea despite the taxpayers paying $42,000 for their education.