The Valdez Oil Terminal The Exxon Valdez set sail from here Around midnight at the start of March 24 th 1989
The tanker entered Prince William Sound and changed shipping lanes to avoid growlers (small icebergs) coming off the Columbia glacier
The Exxon Valdez moved shipping lanes to avoid growlers But it went too far and hit Bligh Reef
The ship ran aground on the Bligh Reef shortly after midnight in Prince William Sound, Alaska, Eventually it spilled more than 11 million gallons of crude oil. Captain Hazlewood had drunk all day and so had gone to his bunk He left the unqualified third mate in charge He went the wrong side of the marker buoys and hit the reef Captain Hazlewood radioed ashore to alert the coastguard
"Let's see if we can miss the reef this time," Joseph Hazelwood says to me. Then he laughs. He may have lost his career, his ship, and his reputation, but he's still got perspective. He's still cool about it. Earlier today, Hazelwood was describing a different tanker run that he made through Prince William Sound. "We left Valdez fully loaded..." He pulls up short. "The ship, I mean - not me." The Marlboro tip glows and bobs. Captain Hazlewood – an alcoholic and a convicted drink driver on land.