Korea’s oil spill: US offers support, Samsung speechless

More updates on South Korea’s largest oil spill.

The U.S. government has offered to provide technical assistance to Korea in helping clean up the worst oil spill in the nation’s history.

A Foreign Ministry official said on Dec 10: “The U.S. Coast Guard on Saturday offered through the U.S. Department of State to help clean up the oil spill.

“We’re discussing with the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and the Coast Guard of Korea what kind of help we need. As soon as we finish talking, we’ll notify the U.S. of our decision to ensure that there will be quick assistance.”

Volunteers help clean up Mallipo Beach in Taean

The Foreign Ministry also announced that the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is considering dispatching cleanup experts since the uniformed service has a lot of experience in the area. For instance, the USCG dealt with the Exxon Valdez disaster that devastated the Alaskan coastline in 1989.

Cooperation with China and Japan are also being looked into as well.

Meanwhile, Samsung Group is at a loss for words to explain the disaster. (A Samsung Heavy Industries crane-carrying barge collided with a Hong Kong-registered oil tanker).

A representative of Samsung Heavy Industries said: “We do not think it is appropriate to comment about the causes of the accident since the investigation is underway. But we will not try to avoid our responsibility.”

Compensation for the disaster is bound to be astronomical and should the company avoid shouldering the responsibility, it would surely tarnish the group’s image.

Source & Pic credit: Digital Chosunilbo

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