Haresco says MT Princess Empress owner ‘liable’

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The owner of the sunken MT Princess Empress that caused the oil spill in Oriental Mindoro and has reached Antique should be liable, Aklan Rep. Teodorico Haresco Jr. said.

Haresco said that RDC Reield Marine Services is liable for over P330 million worth of damages under 1992 International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (1992 CLC) if they fail to comply.

“Beyond cleanups, we must make an effort to make MT Princess Empress and its owner, RDC Reield Marine Services, accountable for damaging our tourism industries and marine resources and to the affected communities whose health and livelihood are heavily compromised,” the solon said. (

The vessel owner, he added, is also liable under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, and the International Safety Management Code.

Haresco advised the Insurance Commission to pursue the insurance company of MT Princess Empress.

MT Princess Empress was carrying around 800,000 liters of industrial fuel en route to Iloilo from Batangas when it sank off the coast of Naujan, Oriental Mindoro on February 28.