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GL Lan Xiu - Oil spill crew granted bail
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2012, 10:24:41 PM »
Oil spill pair must post $20,000 for bail.

 The master and chief engineer of a ship that spewed oil into the Brisbane River will not be allowed to leave Australia until they have each paid $20,000 to secure their bail.

Captain Cecillio Balagatas and chief engineer Marlon Arceo have each been charged under the Transport Operations (Marine Pollution) Act 1995 with one count of discharging oil into the water.

They appeared this morning in the Brisbane Magistrates Court, where they successfully applied for bail.

Balagatas and Arceo were preparing to leave Brisbane for Japan on the GL Lan Xiu, which was carrying 2000 head of livestock, on Monday when the spill occurred during refuelling, the court heard.

It took less than two minutes for between five and 10 tonnes of oil to spew into the Brisbane River, the court heard.

The ship's owner, Glocal Hong Kong, faces a similar charge over the incident.

Defence barrister Craig Chowdhury told the court Arceo and Balagatas were Filipino nationals with a long history as mariners.

He said the spill "seems to have resulted from an accidental error", and that it was not clear exactly what role his clients had played in the incident.

Mr Chowdhury asked that the pair be released on bail and did not oppose the $20,000 surety for each man, sought by the crown.

Bail was granted on condition the two men did not leave Australia until they had paid the surety.

The court heard they will probably depart on the GL Lan Xiu when it is released from detention by Maritime Safety Queensland later this week.

The matter was adjourned until April 5, when Balagatas and Arceo will not be required to attend court.

AAP

Christine Flatley
January 25, 2012

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/oil-spill-pair-must-post-20000-for-bail-20120125-1qgnf.html#ixzz1kXyYebnP
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