zoom Dutch salvage and towage companies Multraship and Smit Salvage on Sunday started removing heavy fuel oil and diesel oil from the general cargo ship Flinterstar which sank after colliding with the LNG tanker Al-Oraiq off Belgium’s Zeebruggee on October 6.The 2002-built Flinterstar had around 427 tons of heavy fuel oil and 125 tons of diesel at the time of the incident, an undetermined amount of which leaked into the North Sea.Belgian authorities are still on site and are engaged in containing the spilled oil.Dutch shipping company Flinter, the owner of the sunken vessel, said that the crews are currently emptying Flinterstar’s Tank 1, which is the largest one and was left intact after the collision. The oil is pumped to the specialised offshore supply ship Vos Sympathy. The salvage rescue vessel Offshore Beaver was called in to clean up any leaked oil.Responding to media reports that the Belgian authorities took charge to remove the wreck, Flinter said that ”both owners of the vessels involved in the tragic accident will contribute the maximum amounts according to Belgian law to the costs of the wreck removal.”The Marshall Islands-flagged Al Oraiq was in a stable condition after the hit, and was escorted to Zeebrugge to discharge, the vessel’s manager, K Line LNG Shipping (UK) Limited, said.World Maritime News Staff
Jovica Stanišić and Franko Simatović were granted provisional release by the trial chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on 26 May, but the decision had been stayed until yesterday after the prosecution appealed the initial ruling.The ICTY appeals chamber has already ordered that the trial of the two men be adjourned for at least three months because of the ill-health of Mr. Stanišić and that his health must be re-assessed before the trial can resume.Mr. Stanišić and Mr. Simatović, both high-levels with the Serbian secret service, are accused of having directed, organized, equipped, trained, armed and financed secret units of the Serbian State Security which are alleged to have murdered, persecuted and deported Croats, Bosnian Muslims, Bosnian Croats and other non-Serb civilians from Bosnia and Herzegovina and from Croatia between 1991 and 1995.Mr. Stanišić was also a close aide to the former Yugoslav and Serbian leader Slobodan Milosević. 27 June 2008The United Nations war crimes tribunal set up in the wake of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s has ordered the temporary provisional release of two former high-level officials with the Serbian secret service facing trial on charges that include murder, persecution and illegal deportations.