Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: A Case Study in Engineering Disaster
Engineering is one of the greatest professions that have contributed immensely in transforming the world. It is just unimaginable where the world could be without the work of engineers.
All this are due to the work of engineers. Nevertheless, any blunder in engineering work can prove very disastrous. Such engineering blunders occurred in 1989 when the Exxon Valdez vessel carrying 55 million liters of oil hit a reef resulting in the worst oil spill ever seen in U.S. history. About 10.8 million barrels of oil spilt into the Alaska coastline resulting in the death of several birds, aquatic animals. The oil spill also affected over 32 million people who depended on the Alaska shoreline. Investigations conducted revealed that human and engineering blunders were to blame for the accident. This paper analyzes the Exxon Valdez disaster to show how engineering disasters plays a critical role in understanding the importance of engineering and designers in the society. In addition, the discourse will demonstrate the impact that engineering disasters may have on the engineering practice.
As such, it is very important for engineers and authority in charge of vessels to make up for problems made that allowed the accident to occur. This should include formulation of policies that will ensure that such errors do not occur again in the future. ...