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This is not right.

December 25th, 2007 . by Gerry-Bevers

Koreans screw up yet the foreigner is forced to pay? Actually, Korea should be paying for the damage to the tanker and the lost oil. Do Korean authorities have no liability?

“Supertanker seized over S. Korea’s worst oil spill”


7 Responses to “This is not right.”

  1. comment number 1 by: Brian

    If you had been reading more closely it says that: “The captains of the tugboat and the barge have been arrested on suspicion of negligence and violation of pollution laws.”
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    They do have liability.
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    It seems that the Hong Kong vessel may also be liable for negligently being there in rough seas and not avoiding the barge.

  2. comment number 2 by: Gerry-Bevers

    Brian,

    Are the captains of the tugboat and barge “Korean authorities”?

    The tanker was anchored where it was told to anchor by “Korean authorities,” and an anchored supertanker is not something you can move with a fifteen or twenty minute warning.

  3. comment number 3 by: Two Cents

    Matt,
    I think this has to do with the maritime law. I’ve read that no matter where the responsibility lies for the actual accident, it is the owner of the tanker who must initially pay for the clean-up costs. The regulation allows companies such as the Korea Marine Pollution Response Corporation to respond quickly, since oil spills are an international environmental emergency and waiting for a settlement between interested parties on who should pay the bill isn’t going to help the situation. It also ensures that clean-up companies can stay in business. The legal battle between Samsung Heavy Industries and V. Ships will most likely follow in the future. I don’t think Samsung has a strong case for them, since it was the tugboat who veered off its original course, failed to respond to calls from the navigation authorities, and crashed into the tanker which had been moored in the designated offshore anchorage area. The captain of the tanker had valid reasons to question the feasibility of moving, since a vessel of that size would have taken some time to get into motion, not to mention the danger of navigating in rough, shallow waters with a full load.

  4. comment number 4 by: GarlicBreath

    Coreans still find a way to congradulate themselves.

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  5. comment number 5 by: Brian

    ^ Thanks Garlic-face. We can always count on your obsession with Korea to keep us up-to-date with Korean news.

  6. comment number 6 by: Aude_Sapere

    Brian,

    I think GarlicBreath is trying to say that it’s pretty bad how in the Korean media, there’s basically (or at least, relatively) nothing significantly critical of Samsung/Korean side in its role during this terrible incident. And then, to make things even more FUBAR, you get a situation where the foreign vessel, blameless, is seized.

  7. comment number 7 by: GarlicBreath

    We can always count on your obsession with Korea

    I think you have an obsession with me Blian. The topic was about the oil spill in corea, which is what I commented on, yet you comment on me. In fact all most all of your comments are about me.
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    Blian, I find your obsession with me unsetteling and creepy. I really think you should seek help.