Environment: The Tankerman's Eerie World

Since the Torrey Canyon disaster in 1967, the world's ever bigger oil tankers have drawn worse and worse publicity. Viewers with alarm see them as oil-leaking time bombs that defile the seas with toxic black goo. Tankermen have a different perspective. Sailing calmly through gales of criticism, they supply the key fuel that powers modern nations and without which great cities would be ghost towns. To examine that perspective, TIME's Paris Bureau Chief William Rademaekers signed aboard the brand-new Esso of The Netherlands tanker Europoort for a five-day cruise from the Canary Islands...

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