Russians dodge bill for oil spill
Published 25/10/2010 | 05:00
THE Russian government has escaped a compensation bill of up to €250,000 for the oil spill caused by its flagship aircraft carrier -- due to international sea law.
The Russian authorities admitted a technical malfunction on board the 46,000-tonne aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov was the cause of the oil spill off the coast of west Cork last year.
The giant ship was refuelling in the area at the time, and was accompanied by a tanker and a tug.
After a meeting with the Irish Coast Guard, it was reported that the Russian government was prepared to cover the estimated €250,000 cost of the monitoring of the oil spill, which did not reach the Irish coastline. But the Department of Transport confirmed that the Russians would not be paying any compensation, as warships are exempt from "normal cost recovery provisions".