Hebei Spirit

Todavía pendiente de apelaciones, el Capitan y el primero del Hebei Spirit han sido condenados, y de momento, tienen que tienen que seguir en Korea.

Hebei Spirit officers sentenced

SENTENCES and fines were handed down today in South Korea for the Hebei Spirit spill.

The tanker’s captain Jasprit Chawla and chief officer-navigator Syam Chetan were both sentenced to three years in prison a fine of 30M won ($22,530). They had not been allowed to leave Korea pending the retrial.

The same fine was ordered for the ship’s owner Samsung HI, and masters of tugs and a crane barge involved in the casualty received the same jail sentence.

Prosecutors had shown that the spill around the resort island of Taean could have been contained to just 1,437 kilolitres, but 12,547 kilolitres leaked into the sea, mainly because the crew failed to react adequately for two and half hours after the collision.

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