South Korea-bound ship hits San Francisco bridge, spills oil

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) — San Francisco's scenic beaches remained closed Thursday after a South Korean container ship collided with a Bay Bridge tower and spilled some 58,000 gallons of oil.

The 250-meter (810-foot) Cosco Busan was leaving Oakland port when it slammed into the tower in heavy fog on Wednesday morning.

"The vessel reported damage to the forward left side and bulk fuel ... was leaking," the US Coast Guard said in a statement.

The Coast Guard and San Francisco Police placed a 30 meter (100 foot) saftey zone around the vessel before experts began cleaning up the spill.

The Coast Guard said late Wednesday that some 8,000 gallons had been recovered.

The beaches were to remain closed until further notice.

The ship was carrying containers belonging to the China Ocean Shipping Company, local media reported.

The Cosco Busan was equipped with radar and under the control of an experienced pilot, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

It was the first time in memory that an oceangoing ship had run into the Bay Bridge, the paper said.

State of Emergency Declared in Response to California Oil Spill

Friday, November 09, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency in the San Francisco Bay area, where hundreds of workers are trying to contain the oil spill from a cargo ship that struck a support tower of the Bay Bridge.

After meeting with state, federal and local officials at a command post at Fort Mason, the governor said he is satisfied with the pace and scope of clean-up efforts. The emergency proclamation he signed today makes additional state personnel and equipment available to speed up the process.

Schwarzenegger also directed a state office charged with preventing and responding to oil spills to dip into an industry-financed trust fund to help pay for the cleanup.

Local officials and environmentalists criticized the Coast Guard for initially underreporting the amount of oil that leaked when a South Korea-bound container ship struck the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in dense fog Wednesday morning.

About 58,000 gallons poured into the water in what's believed to be the biggest spill in the bay since 1988.

Crew Involved in Bay Oil Spill Refuses to Talk

Published: November 15, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 14 — The captain and crewmen of a Chinese ship responsible for an oil spill after hitting the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have refused to speak to federal investigators, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday. But the local pilot who was guiding the ship told investigators that its radar had malfunctioned shortly before the accident.

The spokesman, Peter Knudson, said crewmen aboard the Cosco Busan, the 900-foot vessel that spilled 58,000 gallons of fuel into the bay on Nov. 7, have hired lawyers in the face of possible lawsuits and charges.

The pilot, John Cota, told investigators Monday that the navigation equipment, including the radar and electronic charting devices, had malfunctioned.

“He reported that just a few moments before the incident, his radar scopes became distorted,” Mr. Knudson said. “There also was some discussion between the pilot and the captain over differences in the paper versus the electronic mapping symbols.”

The transportation board said it had examined the radar and electronic devices, and “the reports indicted the equipment was functioning normally and as expected,” Mr. Knudson said.

The Coast Guard said Wednesday that the captain and crewmen were not tested for drugs within the required 32 hours after the accident. The pilot was tested for drugs and alcohol in a timely fashion. His results were negative, the Coast Guard said. It also said it had replaced Capt. William Uberti, who has been in charge of the Coast Guard’s investigation.

The remaining 40,000 gallons of oil have continued to spread throughout the area. The incident has closed 30 beaches and killed 600 birds.

Alert for Korean ship

Sunday, October 08, 2006
The Fiji Navy is on guard against a Korean-owned fishing vessel, which escaped from Kiribati waters
following allegations that it carried out illegal fishing activities including overfishing.

Fiji Navy Maritime Commander Lieutenant-Commander Bradley Bower said they were notified on Friday by Greenpeace Fiji about the vessel.

He said if sighted within Fiji waters, the vessel, Kwondon 117, would be arrested.

Korean Vessel Used Hoses to Bypass Pollution Prevention Equipment

September 12, 2006
Shipping Company Pleads Guilty to Vessel Pollution; Korean Vessel Used Hoses to Bypass Pollution Prevention Equipment
The Sun Ace Shipping Company, based in Seoul, South Korea, has pleaded guilty to a one-count information for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships,
in relation to the operation of a bulk carrier vessel the M/V Sun New, the Justice Department announced today.

Specifically, the defendant, which was the operator and manager of a fleet of five ships,
is charged with knowingly failing to maintain an accurate Oil Record Book that fully recorded the disposal of oil residue
and bilge into the ocean and then falsifying records to conceal illegal discharges.
A joint factual statement filed in District Court in New Jersey stated that, on the night of Jan. 3, 2006, U.S. Coast Guard inspectors boarded the Sun New and discovered
that members of the engine room crew has used bypass hoses to discharge oily wastes overboard into the ocean without using the vessel's oil-water separator.
Upon further investigation, inspectors discovered that the crew of the Sun New had disposed of oil waste into the ocean at least twice during the voyage from South Korea to New Jersey

However the article admits worst cases:

the Korean company Doo-AnFisheries which has had three vessels captured since 2004, one per season,
the last of which had to pay a fine of 1.3 million US dollars, plus a warning that the next vessel will suffer an outright seizure.

Arrested Korean jigger arrives in Mar del Plata

A Korean jigger supposedly poaching in Argentine waters arrived Saturday afternoon in Mar del Plata del Plata escorted by the Argentine Navy corvette Guerrico.
This is the second Korean jigger arrested by Argentina this season. Last February 13,
“77 Doo An” was allegedly surprised catching squid in the very edge of Argentina’s EEZ and was later proved to be effectively licenced by the Falklands’ government.
The jigger “77 Doo An” is also registered with KDSFA.

Ship jumpers claim mistreatmnet

Sep 17, 2005
The 10 Indonesian men who jumped ship in Port Nelson were to be interviewed by
Immigration officials for a second time on Saturday, after making claims they
were mistreated aboard a Korean fishing vessel.

Esperanza Court Case Costs Dong Yang Fishing Company £65000.00

The court case concerning the Esperanza, a Korean trawler arrested for irregularities with reporting catch and by-catch commenced on Monday morning.
The incident for which the trawler was arrested occurred on Monday, 29 August 2005 when the M/V Sigma, the Falkland Islands Fisheries Patrol Vessel, escorted the Korean Trawler, Esperanza into Stanley to help with enquiries.
On Monday, 05 September Master Kim Yeong, and representatives of Dong Yang fisheries Company Limited of Seoul Korea answered three charges that were brought against them as a result of last Monday’s incident.
Two charges concerned the miss-reporting of Fisheries Data and one charge concerned the by-catch of an “unauthorised species.” The Esperanza was authorised to catch only Ray but a small by-catch, 10%, was also authorised under the licence.
According to a report on FIRS by Stacy Bragger, Mr. Yeong pleaded guilty to all three charges. The report continues that Ros Cheek, prosecuting, says that on the 26th of August the Fisheries patrol vessel,
SIGMA, noticed four vessels and assumed they were fishing.
When the SIGMA approached the vessels their speed increased. When the Fisheries Officer boarded the Esperanza an investigation was carried out. The vessel was only authorised to catch Ray fish with a 10% by-catch allowed.
The trawler was found to be far in excess of this limit. When questioned, the Master stated there must have been a mistake in calculations made up by his crew.
The hold inspection discovered amongst the catch of Ray was approximately 7 tonnes of Loligo Squid, which hadn’t been declared in the catch report given to the Fisheries Department. The value of the by-catch was estimated to be roughly £27,000.00

Russian border guards detain S Korean schooner for illegal fishing

VLADIVOSTOK, August 11 (Itar-Tass)
Russian border guards on Wednesday detained a South-Korean schooner
for illegal fishing for squid in Russia’s exclusive economic zone.


Senior journalists noted the cultural taboos surrounding the HIV/AIDS stigma
as well as the social and medical safety nets necessary for people living
with the virus; who are also confronted with little-understood
confidentiality issues. Their discussions also honed in on coverage of 'at
risk' groups, including Tuvalu and Kiribati seafarers, Pacific officials
traveling to and from regional and international conferences before touching
on the 'korekorea' youngsters of Kiribati, who are mainly young girls doing
informal sex-work on Korean ships. Momentum on HIV/AIDS has been reached
especially recently with the launching of the Pacific regional strategy on
HIV/AIDS approved by the Forum leaders last week in Apia, Samoa.

Group Wants Child Sex Tourists Punished at Home

A study published by the National Youth Commission on Wednesday says the South
Pacific island nation of Kiribati banned Korean fishing boats from docking in
the islands for a time in 2003 because child prostitution became a serious problem
whenever Korean deep-sea fishermen came ashore. In the islands, which have
a population of 85,000, there are 30-50 girls who exclusively service Koreans,
most of them underage girls from low-income groups, some of whom are raising
children of their own.

The National Youth Commission carried out an investigation on the island last month
together with the international NGO Naeil Women's Center for Youth.
It said the investigation came after a UNICEF report on the sexual exploitation
of children in East Asia and the South Pacific last year listed Kiribati as a nation at risk.
There is even a word -- "korekorea” -- being coined in the islands for girls who service Koreans.

The commission says Korean sailors must be educated on the human rights of minors,
and Korea should conclude an extradition treaty with Kiribati to strictly apply anti-prostitution
and youth protection laws. The NYC is also calling for Koreans who commit sexual crimes
against children and adolescents overseas to be punished as if they had committed their
crimes in Korea. There exists no criminal provision for overseas child sex tourism and
prostitution in the country’s laws.

Korean shark fishing skipper gets off lightly

Eastern Cape newspapers carried the story last week of a South Korean
fishing vessel arrested at sea after a dramatic sea chase involving
one of Sea Fishery's new patrol ships.
It also appears the master of the arrested long-line shark fishing vessel,
Hwan Lee-An, bit off more than he could chew when he tried to entice an
official of the Marine & Coastal Management (MCM) to 'look the other way'.
These included the illegal dumping overboard of live sharks after their fins
and tails had been removed (they die slowly this way ?
South African law requires the fishermen to retain the shark carcasses onboard
along with their fins for comparison ashore).
According to reports the official was initially offered an inducement to
'look the other way', which he declined.

Japan, S. Korea end ship spat

Thursday, June 2, 2005 Posted: 0514 GMT (1314 HKT)
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Japanese and South Korean patrol ships have ended a
33-hour sea standoff over an alleged fishing violation, with Japan agreeing to withdraw
its craft, the Foreign Ministry said.

Yonhap (Korean) also notes the tense but rather mature diplomatic activity going on in an effort to
resolve this matter with as few bruised kibuns on both sides as possible. Interesting to note that
a Korean official was quoted as saying Thursday that boat skipper Hwang Gap-sun ? who claims
he was mercilessly beaten by evil Japanese cops ? was

“talking nonsense”

(and probably not from being beat about the noggin) and that the Japanese had presented

“decisive evidence”

that the good captain was engaging in illegal activity in Japan’s EEZ. The official said this made
the situation easier to resolve.

Argentina Casts a Net to Catch Poachers

By Monte Reel
Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, May 22, 2005; Page A20

COMODORO RIVADAVIA, Argentina -- The Argentine coast guard ship, crashing through white-capped Atlantic waters and battling 40 mile-an-hour head winds, finally caught up to the South Korean fishing boat after a two-hour chase.


Japan, S. Korea end ship spat
Thursday, June 2, 2005 Posted: 0514 GMT (1314 HKT)
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Japanese and South Korean patrol ships have ended a
33-hour sea standoff over an alleged fishing violation, with Japan agreeing to withdraw
its craft, the Foreign Ministry said.

Yonhap (Korean) also notes the tense but rather mature diplomatic activity going on in an effort to
resolve this matter with as few bruised kibuns on both sides as possible. Interesting to note that
a Korean official was quoted as saying Thursday that boat skipper Hwang Gap-sun ? who claims
he was mercilessly beaten by evil Japanese cops ? was

“talking nonsense”

(and probably not from being beat about the noggin) and that the Japanese had presented

“decisive evidence”

that the good captain was engaging in illegal activity in Japan’s EEZ. The official said this made
the situation easier to resolve.

So it seems that at one point in that little episode in the East Sea, the crew of the Korean boat,
the Sinpung, took off with two Japanese coast guard personnel who had boarded the vessel for an inspection.

You wonder, where were they going to take them? Back to Korean shores, of course, perhaps
to make the case that the officers had been abusive. At the very least they weren't very well
going to throw them in the drink as shark bait.

In 1998, the Korean fishing boat "Jasmine 9" got impounded for illegal fishing in Kiribati.
To make a very, very long story short, in early 1999 the boat made an escape, successfully,
but with two Kiribati police officers on board. One of them immediately jumped ship and was rescued.
The other was taken all the way to Korea.

“The Jasmine 9 case has affected relations between the government of South Korea and that of Kiribati
and relations are likely to worsen if the former does not fulfil its part of the understanding reached
between the two sides following the incident,” a government statement says.

SEOUL, Republic of Korea (March 18, 1999 - Agence France-Presse) - A South Korean ship
manager faces trial on charges of kidnapping a Kiribati policeman after he commandeered
one of his fishing boats impounded by the central Pacific nation, police said Thursday.


In the video, you get to see the crowd of students running through the streets chasing the riot police
and the 2 other GIs as the riot police were trying to run through the gauntlet to get the two to the nearby hospital, where a large batch of riot police were already on station -- because most likely many of these
same university activists had laid seige to the first floor of it some days before to show solidarity with
striking nurses.

Meanwhile, the borrowed GI was not taking just to apologize for the event. He was taken to a large
nti-USFK/US rally, forced to make statements against himself, and forced to write out a confession.
He was borrowed for something like 2 to 4 hours.

Genkainada Incident (2 July 2003)
Korean cargo ship collided into Japanese fishing boat Dai18 Koyomaru, killed 7.

4 days after, another Korean cargo ship collided into Japanese caost guards boat which was searching missing fishermen from Dai18 Koyomaru.

私は前職海警出身で釜山海警で警備艇に直接乗りながら EEZ区域警備(経費)と
韓国の漁師にとって日本の漁場は金のなる木みたいなもの。 (原文ハングル)
Here is an interesting story of an ex-policeman of S.Korean maritime police.
He said he had engaged in the coast-guarding aboard the ships of the South
Korean Maritime Police in the Korean EEZ ,and said that the most of
the Korean fishing boats had caused trouble with the Japanese coast
guard ships and that they had invaded the Japanese EEZ 100% purposely.



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