Emergency Aid to the Republic of Korea for Oil Spill Accident
December 14, 2007
- Concerning the oil spill accident that took place on the west coast
of the Republic of Korea in the morning of December 7, the Government of
Japan has decided to dispatch an expert team of Japan Disaster Relief team
(JDR) to give advice on oil removal and control and other help, and to extend
emergency relief goods (oil-absorbents) equivalent to about 30 million yen.
- At around 7:00 a.m. on December 7, Hebei Spirit, a Hong-Kong-registered
tanker in harbor six nautical miles northwest of Shindo Island, Taean County
in South Chungcheong Province of the ROK, collided with a crane - carrying
barge being towed by a tugboat, spilling out estimated 10,500 kiloliters
out of the 263,000 kiloliters of crude oil the tanker was carrying. Declaring
a “state of disaster”, the Government of the ROK has mobilized all the
disaster agencies to cope with the situation. Because of the gravity of
the disaster, however, the Government of the ROK has requested emergency
assistance from the Government of Japan.
- The Government of Japan has decided to extend this emergency aid, from a humanitarian point of view for the disaster-afflicted people and taking account of its friendly relations with the ROK, Japan’s important neighbor, and with a view to preventing marine pollution in the sea waters adjacent to Japan.
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