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Dubai Star oil spill sparks $10m lawsuit

Dubai Star oil spill sparks $10m lawsuit

San Francisco: Just three days after spilling oil, the owner and manager of the Dubai Star have been slapped with their first lawsuit. The 2007 built ship, owned by Emirates Trading Agency of Dubai, spillt up to 3,000 litres of fuel oil while refueling at San Francisco. Now, three fishermen and a seafood company have pushed a $10m lawsuit to court.
Also targeted by the seafood grouping is Heidmar, the Connecticut-based operator of the medium-range products tanker pool that the Dubai Star trades in.
"This oil spill was in violation of safe operating procedures which are mandatory for all vessels and fuel suppliers to follow while transferring fuel from lighter ship or shore facility onto a vessel on navigable waters," lawyer Anthony Urie wrote in the civil complaint.
The ship is now being inspected.  [03/11/09]

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