UK oil slick expert called in

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 July, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 July, 1996, 12:00am

Emergency relief for fishermen whose catch and equipment were damaged by an oil slick a week ago will be assessed by a British oil pollution expert.

Ma Wan fishermen demanded compensation for damage caused by oil leaked from the Philippine-owned National Pride last Saturday.

The Marine Department served a summons on the ship's master and notified Hong Kong United Dockyards of their intention to prosecute.

Yesterday the dockyard and shipowner representatives agreed to pay emergency funds, but the amount will be decided by a London expert arriving today.

Administrative manager Tsui Wun-jarm said the floating rafts used to keep fish were contaminated.

Compensation was a separate matter which would be considered after the court hearing.

'Liability has not been resolved,' he said. 'We honestly don't know who is going to be responsible.'