Tanker pilot wins appeal over disaster

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John Pearn, the Milford Haven pilot found guilty of incompetence after the tanker Sea Empress ran aground as it entered the west Wales port last February, spilling 70,000 tonnes of crude oil, had an appeal upheld yesterday, prompting criticism of the port authority and sparking a call for its chairman to resign.

To date, the disaster has cost the Pembrokeshire economy an estimated pounds 1.5m, mainly in lost tourist revenue. A report by the Department of Transport's Marine Accident Investigation Branch is due to be published next year.

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