Princess Empress could see IG Pool Claim

The environmental damage that could occur as a result of the sinking of Philippines inter-island fuel carrier Princess Empress (MMSI 548372700), with 800,000 litres of industrial diesel oil on board (IMN, March 2nd) threatens to become an International Group Pool claim, reports The Insurer. The Philippines-flagged vessel is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of RDC Reield Marine Services, Inc.

Late last week the local government of Pola, Oriental Mindoro said that it was considering a lawsuit against the owner of the tanker, which went down with a cargo of fuel oil off the town’s coast on February 28th.

The resulting industrial fuel oil leak had polluted miles of beachfront on Mindoro’s eastern shore, along with sensitive environmentally-protected areas and fishing grounds, the authorities said.

Thousands of local fishermen were unable to work because of an ongoing ban on fishing (see yesterday’s IMN).

The 50-metre x 9-metre 2022-built ship then sank off the northeast coast of Mindoro. The 20 crew were rescued by a nearby general cargo ship. No injuries were reported.