The Chronology Of The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Incident?

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CHAPTER 2
INCIDENT CHRONOLOGY

The Chronology of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Incident

The timeline of this incident will be based on the ‘National Transportation Safety Board Marine Accident Report’. In the year of 1989 of March 22 (11.35pm), the Exxon Valdez arrived at the berth 5, Aleyska Marine Terminal to load a cargo of Alaska North Slope crude oil. Figure 2.1: The Exxon Valdez (Shigenake, G. 2014)
The total load of 1.3 Million barrels of oil took approximately a day to complete filling up the vessel. Once accomplished, routine procedural checks were conducted; testing the navigation equipment that includes steering system, navigation lights and many more. By 9.12pm, the undocking procedures were completed through the removal of the
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Once it reached the limit, the Exxon Baytown then took over and received the remaining balance of crude oil until April 4th, 1989. Since then, a total of 1.024 million barrels have been removed from Exxon Valdez and still contain a balance of 16455 barrels onboard (Shigenake, G. 2014). On the following day at 10.30am, the Exxon Valdez Vessel was refloated to Outside Bay of Naked Island known as the oil-zone region. Analyzation, repairing and recording the damaged on the vessel were conducted before towing the vessel back to Prince William Sound. Timeline of Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

This section highlights the most important timeline of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill incident. The content is taken from the ‘Alaska Oil Spill Commission Final Report’. (Richter, C. 1990)
Date: 22 March 1989, Wednesday
Time Event
11.30pm Exxon Valdez arrived at the Aleyska Marine Terminal

Date: 23 March 1989, Thursday
Time Event
5.05am The vessel and terminal teams commence loading of unrefined petroleum onto the tanker at 100000 barrels per hour.
5.30am Supervision of crude oil offloading by Chief Mate James

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