SIGNIFICANT SHORTS : Sea Empress pilot is demoted
Friday 21 June 1996
Mr Pearn, in charge of guiding the tanker to the Texaco oil refinery, will not now be able to handle ships of more than 90,000 tonnes. Officials of the port authority said he had been found guilty of incompetence but not misconduct. Lawyers for Mr Pearn said he would appeal against the findings. Estimates for the clean-up operation, the environmental and economic costs, are put at up to pounds 70m by industry experts.
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