Pacific Spirit Marine Institute
Saturday, March 15, 2008
The winds weren’t strong and the waves weren’t high. So what caused yet another oil tanker accident in South Korean waters?
Yeosu, meaning ‘beautiful waters’ is the location of the latest oil tanker accident to hit South Korean waters. The collision was between Heungyang a 4,050 ton tanker and the 90 ton 801 Changnyeong, this according to chosun.com.
The spill was ‘light’ when comparing it to the spill late last year that took place off the coast of Mallipo. That spill contaminated the Yellow Sea with more than 12 thousand kiloliters of oil. The devestating effects of that spill still have yet to be calculated in totality. This latest accident is said to have spilled only 50 kiloliters of diesel oil. The Coast guard said the damage from the latest collision will cause only minor damage, as diesel oil evaporates easily.
The accident is being reported by ABC news that the tanker collided with a small boat.
Meanwhile residents in the Taean area may see some financial relief coming their way but, not until the middle of June. The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs announced a special law to support residents affected by the December 7, 2007 tragedy. The rules on compensation should be finalized by late May.
The International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds have agreed to hand out up to $300.8 million dollars to those suffering in the aftermath of the Hebei Spirit Oil Spill. The government estimates about 45,000 households have been crushed under the weight of the oil spill.
Labels: Hebei Spirit, Mallipo, South Korea, Taean, oil spill, oil tanker
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Another Tanker Accident. South Korea.
Monday, December 10, 2007
The Korean government declared a state of disaster on Saturday, Dec.8, due to the oil spill off Mallipo Beach. Taean County and 5 surrounding counites were named. South Cheongcheong Province plans to ask that Taean County be further named a “special disaster area” apparently enabling them to receive future tax breaks and more government assistance to restore the local economy. Commerce will likely be affected adversly for years to come.
Many reports say the oil has stopped spilling from the Hong Kong-registered Hebei Spirit but, Korea Net is reporting officials as saying that as of 5 p.m. December 8, 17 kilometers of coast line of South Chungcheong province has been covered by the oil slick. The oil pushed by tides and wind and the oil still leaking from the tanker.
President Roh Moo-hyun has instructed government officials to take measures to minimize the damage from the oil
spill Korean maritime police have sent 103 ships and 5 helicopters to the scene of the oil slick. They have built
4.2 km of oil trapping fence. Efforts to trap the oil before it reaches the shore line haven’t stopped the oil
from coating the once beautiful white-sand beaches of Mallipo Bay, which is no wonder considering the estimate of
2.7 million gallons of crude oil floating on the water.
There are approximately 181 aqua-culture farms in the affected area which cover about 5,650 hectares. British
Lloyd P&I, the company insuring the Samsung NO.1. may be shelling out 300 billion won ($330 million) along with the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund. Government officials are hoping affected fish and seafood farmers will be compensated quickly but have not porvided any details yet.
Nearly 8,000 workers are working at a fever pitch to clear the beaches of the gloopy oil as it comes ashore. Samsung Heavy industires has sent hundreds of its employees to the affected area to help in the clean up efforts.
Apparently Samsung Group is under investigation regarding a ’slush fund scandal’. Bad luck usually comes in threes so Samsung’s bad luck may be nearing an end.
Investigators looking into what may have happened causing the largest oil spill in South Korea’s history suspect the towing vessel failed to get warnings from the control tower giving them instructions on how to avoid the supertanker Hebei Spirit. There may have been a communications breakdown. Whether or not this was an equipment or a human breakdown has not been made clear. Still others investigating the accident believe the tow lines from the barge to the tow may have been broken during strong winds and high waves.
Photo Thanks cnn.com
Labels: Hebei Spirit, Mallipo, South Korea, Yellow Sea, oil spill
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State of Disaster Declared After Oil Spill in Yellow Sea