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Hebei Spirit

Ince & Co was instructed by the owners, managers and P&I Club of Hebei Spirit. Our emergency response team dispatched an investigator to coordinate our clients' response to the spill.

In one of the largest spills of recent years, the VLCC Hebei Spirit spilt some 11,000 tonnes of crude oil into the Yellow Sea off South Korea, when she was struck by a giant crane barge after a tow line parted in heavy seas. It was the worst oil spill in South Korean history and resulted in large scale pollution and damage to the environment.

Ince was closely involved in establishing pollution compensation arrangements, negotiating the release of the vessel, defending the crew against criminal charges and advancing indemnity claims against the owners of the crane barge.

The spill, which is estimated to have cost approximately US$330 million to clean up, was reported on worldwide, as much for the treatment of the Master and Chief Officer as for the original casualty itself.