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There have been, primarily, seven landmark accidents since 1980, which provided the impetus for rigorous enforcement of safety regulations, improvement of ship construction and making risk assessment mandatory upon ship operators, flag States, classification societies, and port authorities: The Derbyshire (1980),1The Herald of Free Enterprise (1987),2The Braer (1993),3The Sea Empress (1996),4The Erika (1999),5The Prestige (2002)6 and the Costa Concordia (2012).7
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