UK faces Andalusian complaint over shipwreck
The Andalusian Regional Government has filed a formal complaint against the UK with the European Commission over the stricken scrap metal ship New Flame which is listing off the coast of Gibraltar.19 February 2008
SEVILLE - The Andalusian Regional Government has filed a formal complaint against the UK with the European Commission over the stricken scrap metal ship <i>New Flame</i> which is listing off the coast of Gibraltar.
Andalusian authorities are also demanding EUR 103.7 million in damages caused by the vessel from international marine insurance company The Swedish Club.
Andalusia accuses the UK of "failure to comply with EU law," for not ensuring adequate controls were exercised over the vessel.
The New Flame, which is registered in Panama, was carrying 42,500 tonnes of scrap metal when it collided with an oil tanker in August on leaving Gibraltar. It has been listing in shallow waters ever since. An emergency plan was instigated by the Spanish authorities this month to clean up oil leaks from the ship.
[Copyright EL PAÍS / LOURDES LUCIO 2008]
Subject: Spanish news