International Maritime Conventions Volume III: Protection of the Marine Environment

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International Convention relating to Intervention on the High Seas in Cases of Oil Pollution Casualties, 1969 and Protocol of 1973

Section I — The Convention of 1969

1 The History of the Convention

On 18 March 1967, the Torrey Canyon, a single screw tanker built in 1959 of 61,263 gross tons and 48,437 net tons, with a deadweight capacity of 120,890 tons on her winter marks, loaded with 119,328 tons of crude oil shipped by BP Trading Limited of the United Kingdom, her ultimate destination being Milford Haven, Wales, ran aground on the Seven Stones reef between the Scilly Isles and Lands End. In the opinion of the Board of Investigation set up by the Liberian Government, the stranding was due solely to the negligence of the master.

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