Thursday, May 10, 2012
Tanker owners to pay almost $ 2 mil for SF Bay spill
The owners of a 600-foot tanker that spilled oil into San Francisco Bay during a fuel transfer from a barge on October 30, 2009 that reportedly spilled over 400 gallons and polluted 6 miles of shoreline, have agreed to pay an almost $2 million settlement with San Francisco and Alameda counties.
According to investigators, a crewmember of the Panamanian-flagged Dubai Star reportedly failed to shut off a valve once the fuel tanks had filled up and the ship's captain subsequently did not report the breach to authorities for close to half-an-hour.
The tanker vessel's owner is Panama-based South Harmony Shipping, and is operated by Dubai-based Pioneer Ship Management Services.
Over 200 acres were reportedly impacted by the spill, killing 113 seabirds.
The settlement includes $1.408 million going towards natural resource damage, spill costs, and $550,00 in penalties, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
For the full SF Chronicle story: www.sfgate.com
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