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Taipei, Taiwan: (Nov-06-07) The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) along with government agencies including the Ministry of National Defense, the Department of Health, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, the Coast Guard Administration, and the Fisheries Agency Council brought charges against TS Hong Kong, registered in Hong Kong, after it collided with Samho Brother, registered in South Korea, capsizing it in 2005. The suit claimed that the collision that occurred off the Hsinchu coast, released 3,100 tonnes of benzene as well as 85 tonnes of fuel and 16 tonnes of diesel into the ocean. Sources claimed that at the time, an emergency response mechanism was activated, involving several government agencies, which resulted in $1.4 million spent as administrative costs.

The suit negotiated with Gard P&I Club, the TS Hong Kong's insurer and reached a settlement where Gard agreed to pay $1.4 million to resolve the case. The Ministry of Transportation and Communications claimed that the TS Hong Kong and Samho Brother were 85% and 15% responsible for the collision respectively. Officials also claimed that Gard agreed to pay the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and National Taiwan Ocean University a sum that possibly reaches as much as NT$30 million for the seawater and ecosystem monitoring costs the shipwreck incurred. [TAIPEI TIMES: CAPSIZED BOAT]

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Published on Nov-7-07


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