Data source
Date of text
25 Dec 2004
Seat of court
Original language

Chinese, Simplified

Type of text
National - higher court
Reference number
No. 184 (2003), First Instance, Tianjin Maritime Court [ (2003) 津海法事初字第184号]
Court name
Tianjin Maritime Court
Wu Liqun
Xu Fubin
Dong Lijuan
chemical, Marine biodiversity, Marine ecosystems, Pollution, Ship-based marine pollution

This case concerns the collision between a tanker sailing under a Maltese flag and a Chinese ship triggering an oil spill that lead to an important pollution and damages in the ecosystem of the Bohai Gulf.

The plaintiffs are administrations such as the Tianjin Oceanic Administration, the Tianjin Fisheries and Harbours Office and fishermen associations. They sued the owner of the tanker and its insurer for the ecological damages and the economic loss caused by the oil split.

The Tianjin Maritime Court ruled that under the terms of the 1992 International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, the two defendants had to pay compensation to the defendant for the marine environmental capacity and of fisheries resources.

(Contribution: Case provided by Professor Tianbao QIN, Tang HE, and Han GAO, Research Institute of Environmental Law, Wuhan University, China)