It is a pleasure to share some of Nick Platt’s thoughts following his speech at the Gard Summer Seminar titled “40 years in 40 minutes – A Life in P&I Claims”. Gard Insight Editor, Kim Jefferies, asks him for more detail about the story from the 1980s he told “the biggest ship source oil spill that never happened”. Nick also highlights the importance of reaching out to salvors and counter-pollution authorities to introduce Gard’s casualty handling before accidents occur. We thank Nick for his years of service and congratulate him on his retirement.