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30 years on from OPA90

August marks 30 years since the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA90) came into force on the back of the Exxon Valdez disaster. This month has also been a dire one for shipping in the headlines what with the Beirut port explosion and the grounding of a bulk carrier off Mauritius.

What unfolded in the Lebanese capital in particular paints shipping in a bad light - highlighting the industry’s brass plaque opaqueness. The ship that brought explosive ammonia nitrate into Beirut was owned via a com...

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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