UK faces Andalusian complaint over shipwreck

19th February 2008, Comments 1 comment

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

1 Comment To This Article

  • Sean Sullivan posted:

    on 1st March 2008, 14:29:29 - Reply

    I aggree that a complaint should be made and that those responsible pay compensation. However,I also think a complaint should be filed with the European Commission against the Andalusian Regional Government for the highly toxic polution eminating from the oil refinery in Palmones due to old and antiquated systems still in use and which may possibly contribute to the cancer clusters seen in the Campo de Gibraltar area - hence the call (by many groups) for an epidemiological study to be carried out. Quite frankly put into context this sends the "New Flame" issue into insignificance! Kettle calling the pot black - Or what????!!!