It’s a fine mess they’re getting into…
bq. Port authorities on Monday brought a suit against the Pakistan National Shipping Corporation claiming damages of up to $1 billion while the PNSC has in turn sued the vessel’s owner.
Since the PNSC leased the tanker, they are legally responsible for the oil spill. If this tanker belonged to a reputable company they might have gotten some money, but it seems highly unlikely. Even Ahmed Ali admits: _”We are drawn into a long, technical and legal battle”_.
*Update:* Dawn has an article about “recovering losses from oil spill”:http://www.dawn.com/2003/09/09/op.htm#3.