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Hebei Spirit case will be long as Samsung denies responsibility

Hebei Spirit case will be long as Samsung denies responsibility

Seoul: Samsung Heavy Industries has rejected allegations by the prosecution that it was responsible for last month's devastating oil spill near Taean, South Chungcheong Province.

In a statement submitted to a Daejeon court, the company claimed the Hong Kong-based Hebei Spirit oil tanker was responsible for the collision with a Samsung crane barge.

Samsung also claimed that it had no contract with the crane barge, and it was therefore not responsible for the vessel's sea navigation.

Following the company's denial of responsibility, a fierce legal battle is expected between Samsung and the prosecution in future court trials. Owners of the Hebei Spirit have likewise refused to take the blame for Korea's worst ever oil spill.  [31/01/08]

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