Tomorrow's Disaster: 'Gigantic'

As long as the Empire State Building is tall, the ships in the new generation of supertankers are nothing if not impressive. But are they safe? Not according to Nöel Mostert, a South African-born journalist. In his 1974 best-seller Supership, Mostert warned that these brobdingnagian tankers were accidents looking for places where they could happen. Nothing since then has altered his gloomy prediction. At his new home in Tangier, Mostert told TIME last week:

"The sort of accidents that have been happening to small ships will in...

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