According to the report, a defect in an internal bulkhead caused by lack of maintenance was the initial cause of the sinking (ENDS Daily 7 January). Over half the ship's cargo of 37,000 tonnes of heavy oil was released, contaminating the Atlantic seaboard of France and killing an estimated 50,000 birds.
The report says that analysis of the accident confirms the need for new maritime regulations, including more frequent inspections, better implementation of rules as well as a modernisation of the oil tanker fleet.
The accident has already prompted EU action, with two separate "packets" of post-Erika legislative proposals now on the table from the European Commission (ENDS Daily 22 March) (ENDS Daily 6 December).
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