Group’s Vice President for Environmental Responsibility Tim Brooks has offered rare official comment on the Tokio Express’s cargo going overboard.
Among the 62 shipping containers lost just off the Cornish coast on February 13, 1997 – following a rogue wave rocking the ship 60 degrees one way, and 40 degrees back – was one that held some 4.8 million
Beachcomber Williams has spent much of the past 12 years chronicling the elements that have since washed up along beaches in Cornwall, including life jackets, octopuses, dinghies and dragons. She’s now published a record of that work in Adrift, which dives into the environmental impact of
spill is a historic case, it does highlight the importance of this issue,” he tells Williams, noting that the company ‘can’t turn back the clock, much as we’d like to’. “I’d love to go back 25 years and not let anything get in the ocean.”
The Tokio Express’s insurers were responsible (and paid for) the initial clean-up of its lost cargo, but the
Group rarely ships bricks by sea today, even if it is still the most environmentally-friendly way to send goods around the world. Instead, it uses its factories across the globe to service local markets, transporting bricks by road to Europe, the US and China. But even still,
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