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Marine Log

January 7, 2008

Korea to ban single hull tankers from 2011

Korea will ban single-hulled tankers from its waters from 2011, five years earlier than planned, following the December 7 collision between a barge and the Hong Kong-registered supertanker Hebei Spirit resulting in a 10,500 metric ton oil spill .

Korea had originally planned to prevent single-hulled tankers from entering its waters from 2015, but the massive spill has prompted it to advance the restriction by five years, Korea Overseas Information Service quotes an official at the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in Seoul as saying.

"We can implement the ban sooner than planned following the oil spill," the official said.