Pollution

Norway mops up

THE Norwegian coast has become something of a resting ground for an increasing number of sunken or grounded vessels. For example, since 1999 alone, the Bahamian vessel Hedlo grounded off Karmøy, the Norwegian Green Ålesund grounded off Haugesund, the Cypriot cargoship John R grounded off Karlsøy and an Icelandic fishing vessel grounded and sank in Lofoten, to name but a few....

Norway clamps down on oil spills

THE Norwegian parliament is considering new legislation that will extend Norway’s territorial sea from four to twelve nautical miles. According to Norway’s leading maritime law firm, Wikborg Rein, the proposed legislation is designed to reduce the threat of environmental pollution from oil spills and comes in the wake of the Prestige casualty. “Russian oil companies are...

More speed, less haste

BETWEEN 1970 and 2002, Spain was heavily punished by oil pollution, with as many as fourteen vessels spilling a total of 464,170 tons of oil in its waters. The most recent of these was the Prestige. This spill, which primarily hit the Galicia region, affected up to 29,000 local people, 5,000 of whom have filed for damages. The region’s ecology has been seriously affected too,...

India cleans up

POLLUTION of the sea by oil is a problem of national, regional and international concern. It has an irreparable ecological impact on the marine environment unless appropriate and timely steps are taken to prevent, mitigate, control, remove or combat it. Environmental disasters, by their nature, can be devastating, especially in developing and under-developed countries where...

Wilful and serious

FINNISH law places strict obligations on shipowners, masters and crew to prevent pollution of the marine environment. In addition to the risk of monetary damages, shipowners also need to be aware that the master and crew of foreign vessels that pollute Finnish territorial waters face the risk of criminal prosecution. When considering such potential criminal liability, the...