Exxon Valdez (1989)
March 1989: the US-flagged Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude oil. The Master faced a number of charges, including operating the vessel while intoxicated, a charge that the jury rejected. However, he was found guilty of negligent discharge of oil and was fined $50,000 and sentenced to 1,000 hours of community service in Alaska. His licence was suspended temporarily.