CASE HISTORY: THE GROUNDING OF THE M/T TIFOSO, 1983—A TEST OF BERMUDA'S CONTINGENCY PLAN
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On January 20, 1983, the Liberian-registered 138,823 dwt vessel M/T Tifoso stranded on the northeast reef line of the Island of Bermuda. This paper outlines the events leading to the spill, the state of readiness of a small island with a tourist-based economy, the contingency plan, and the response. The U. S. Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team responded with equipment and personnel. Using additional equipment and personnel based on Bermuda and also U. S. Coast Guard pumps, most of the bunkered oil was removed (approximately 470 tons) and contained within 48 hours of grounding. Because of the existence of the contingency plan, previous training of Bermudians by the U. S. Coast Guard, and the rapid action of the Coast Guard strike team, an effective response was achieved.
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Knap, A. H., Sleeter, T. D., & Hughes, I. W.