Twenty three years after it was involved in one of the worst oil spills in history, the ship formerly-known as the Exxon Valdez is going to be dismantled.  A ruling by India's Supreme Court okays the scrapping of the ship, after it was examined and cleared of toxic wastes.

The bench said “we direct the concerned authorities to allow the ship in question to beach and permit the ship owner to proceed with the dismantling of the ship after complying with all the requirements of the Gujarat Maritime Board, the Gujarat Pollution Control Board and the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board.

The move allows the ships owners to dismantle it for scrap.

The Oriental Nicety - as it's known now - was the centerpiece of the events that happened on March 24, 1989.  That's the date when the Exxon Valdez (as it was named then) struck Prince William Sound's Bligh Reef, spilling up to 750,000 barrels of crude oil.

The picture above shows the exact location of 1989's oil spill, which is marked with a buoy.

The Hindu : News : SC gives green signal for beaching of US ship.