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21 Apr 2008 description
report Chosun Ilbo

The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs announced its interim report on the effects of contamination from last December's oil spill off the coast of Taean, South Chungcheong Province. The ministry said fish caught off the affected coast of Taean, including flounder, were safe to consume since they possessed levels of hazardous substances that were similar to those caught in clean areas. This is very fortunate.

19 Apr 2008 description
report JoongAng Daily

More than 1 million volunteers have scrubbed rocks in the Taean area since the country's worst-ever oil spill more than four months ago.

The job's not over yet.

A government ministry announced yesterday that half of the beaches in the area are still too polluted to open.

'We need more volunteers to clean the contaminated places and open the beaches in time for the summer season,' said Lee Jang-jo, a Taean County official.

Lee said more volunteer scrubbers could speed up the openings.

12 Mar 2008 description
report Chosun Ilbo

The government has estimated that 40,000 households were affected and a 35,000-hectare area was hit by South Korea's worst oil spill in the waters off Taean, South Chungcheong Province.

According to a report submitted on Tuesday by the Ministry of Land and Maritime Affairs to the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund, the government estimates that the oil spill contaminated a 300-km-long stretch of coastline in South Chungcheong Province, and North and South Jeolla provinces, and hit 101 islands, 15 beaches, about 35,000 hectares of fish farms and fishery facilities, and …

21 Jan 2008 description
report JoongAng Daily

TAEAN, South Chungcheong - Following the suicides of three residents and widespread protests on Friday by people waiting for aid, the South Chungcheong Provincial Government agreed to distribute 55.8 billion won ($59.1 million) today to economic victims of the country's worst oil spill.

The money, called an emergency subsidy, will go to people in six areas, Lee One-koo, the governor of South Chungcheong, said at a press briefing yesterday.

Thirty billion won came from the federal government, while 15.8 billion won is from donations.

16 Jan 2008 description

By Jack Kim

TAEAN, South Korea, Jan 16 (Reuters) - A month after South Korea's worst oil spill, blackened west coast beaches have been cleaned by more than 1 million volunteers but residents are struggling to pick up shattered lives.

The fishing industry has died and tourism has dried up.

08 Jan 2008 description
report Chosun Ilbo

It has been about a month since a major oil spill occurred off Korea's west coast. Volunteers are still wasting no time trying to clean up the disaster that has crippled the environment and residents there.

The fervor is just as strong on weekends, and perhaps even stronger in the new year.

03 Jan 2008 description

U.S. Agency, Coast Guard Help South Korea with Oil Spill Cleanup

Emergency response to nation's worst spill gives way to long-term cleanup

By Cheryl Pellerin

USINFO Staff Writer

Washington -- A team of U.S.

31 Dec 2007 description
report Rotary

On 7 December, an 11,800 ton barge carrying a crane broke loose from its tugboat and collided with a super tanker five miles off the northwest coast of Mallipo, South Chungcheongnam Province. The crane punctured three holes in the ship's cargo tanks and resulted in 2.8 million gallons of crude oil leaking into the sea. This is the largest oil spill in Korea's history and the central government has declared a state of disaster.

The thick oil has washed up along 12 miles of shoreline in Taean County, destroying hundreds of fisheries and devastating the coastline.

29 Dec 2007 description

OTTAWA, Ontario, December 29 2007 - The Government of Canada is providing assistance to the Republic of Korea following a request on December 23 from the South Korean government over a recent oil spill on the country's west coast.

"Canada is pleased to help our friends in a time of need," said Environment Minister John Baird. "Environment Canada's experts are some of the best in the world when it comes to dealing with serious incidents like oil spills.

27 Dec 2007 description

Joint team concludes response to oil spill in Republic of Korea

(Geneva/New York, 27 December 2007): A joint United Nations-European Commission Assessment Team, which has now returned from the Republic of Korea after responding to the oil spill from the Hebei Spirit in the Yellow Sea, has concluded that the prospect for the rehabilitation of the affected area is good.

26 Dec 2007 description

This situation report is based on information received from the joint United Nations-European Commission Assessment Team and from their contacts with the national authorities of the Republic of Korea (ROK).

I. Situation

1. A collision between a barge and an oil tanker caused the release of 10,500 tonnes of light crude oil into the Yellow Sea, off the west coast of the Republic of Korea (RoK), on 7 December 2007. More than 300 km of coastline was affected.

21 Dec 2007 description
report Government of Japan
  1. Concerning the oil spill accident that took place on the west coast of the Republic of Korea in the morning of December 7, the Government of Japan, on December 14, decided to dispatch an expert team of Japan Disaster Relief team (JDR) to give advice on oil removal and control and other help, and to extend emergency relief goods (oil-absorbents) equivalent to about 30 million yen.


19 Dec 2007 description

This situation report is based on information received from the joint European Commission - United Nations rapid assessment team on site and from their contacts with the national authorities of the Republic of Korea (RoK). In addition, the report includes information received from the International Maritime Organization, JICA and the secretariat of the Ramsar Convention.

I. Situation


18 Dec 2007 description

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has dispatched a team of Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) experts to the Republic of Korea in the wake of a major oil spill along the country's west coast. It will also provide emergency supplies, including oil-absorbing materials.

At around 7:40 a.m. on December 7, the 146,000-ton Heibei Spirit, a Hong-Kong-registered tanker that had been at anchor six miles northwest of Taean, Chungcheongnam-do, collided with a crane-carrying barge that broke free of its towing tugboat.

18 Dec 2007 description

Contingency plan activated to help respond to emergency

Nairobi/Daejon, 18 December 2007 - An emergency response plan has been activated by the United Nations Environment Programme to help the Republic of Korea respond to the worst oil spill in its history.

On 7 December, the oil tanker Hebei Spirit collided with a barge 100km south of Seoul, releasing 10,500 metric tonnes of crude oil into the sea.

18 Dec 2007 description
report JoongAng Daily

'By next week the number of volunteers will decrease and the media will focus on the elections. The villagers will be left alone to continue the fight.'

TAEAN, South Chungcheong - I'm crouched on an oil-soaked mudflat, scrubbing pebbles with a felt cloth. The biting wind whips around me, piercing my clothing.

The cleanup operation is intensive and repetitive. Pick up a blackened rock, clean it as best you can, replace it, pick another. The work's sending me into a trance-like state, and I'm in Taean, a state of disaster.

It's a grim scene.

18 Dec 2007 description

SEOUL, Dec 18 (Reuters) - South Korea's Hyundai Oilbank Co will receive crude from a tanker that leaked thousands of tonnes of oil earlier this month in the country's worst oil spill, a company source said on Tuesday.

Some 10,500 tonnes of crude is estimated to have leaked from the Hong Kong-registered Hebei Spirit on Dec.

17 Dec 2007 description
report Chosun Ilbo

Last week was an extremely busy one for the staff of Seon Jin Industry. The industrial textiles manufacturer was flooded with phone inquiries from companies and organizations looking to buy its absorbent cloth. Cleanup efforts for the massive Dec. 7 oil spill along the coastline of Taean County in South Chungcheong Province have caused a shortage of absorbent cloth, prompting businesses and organizations involved in the voluntary efforts to scour the nation for more.

17 Dec 2007 description

This situation report is based on information received from the joint European Commission - United Nations rapid assessment team on site and from their contacts with the national authorities of the Republic of Korea (RoK).

I. Situation

1. On 7 December 2007, a crane-carrying barge hit the Hong Kong-registered tanker "Hebei Spirit", which was anchored approximately eight kilometres off Malipo in the Taean district on the west coast of the RoK, after a wire linking the barge to a tugboat was cut.


17 Dec 2007 description

TAEAN, South Korea, Dec 17 (Reuters) - South Korea's worst oil spill is threatening to enter a bay that is an important winter rest stop for migratory birds, the coastguard and a conservation group said on Monday.

Tens of thousands of volunteers, soldiers and others have battled for 10 days to clean up 10,500 tonnes of crude oil that spewed from a tanker.