Taiwan and Australia join arms of ship that caused Green Island oil spill on March 10, 2017
By: Judy Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) officials
boarded a ship docked in Esperance in southwest Australia on Tuesday, which is the suspected source of a serious oil spill in Green Island on March 10, 2017.
AlthoughTaiwan is not a signatory of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) assisted EPA officials in their inspection of the ship.
This is the first time that the Taiwan government conducted a cross-nation inspection of oil spilling ships, which can be used as an international model for future inspections, said EPA head Lee Ying-yuan (李應元). [FULL STORY]