Justice for Officers of Hebei Spirit sign now


My son, Chetan Syam, Chief Officer and Capt. Jasprit Chawla, Master of the oil tanker MT Hebei Spirit, a Hong Kong registered ship, are being held in a prison in the city of Daejeon, South Korea. Some of the salient points relating to the unfortunate incident are as under:

On 7th December 2007, while the ship was anchored in a safe anchorage in South Korean Port and was waiting to discharge its load of crude oil, a crane barge belonging to Samsung, broke free from its towing tug and collided with the anchored oil tanker, rupturing three of its cargo tanks . There was a consequent oil spill. The crew did everything humanly possible for minimizing the spill, saving human lives and the port. Their prompt action was in fact commended by the International Maritime Industry.

The matter went to Court wherein the above officers were found to be totally innocent and cleared of all the charges by a verdict on 23rd June 2008 from the Branch Court Seosan of District Court of Daejeon. The Public Prosecutor of the Port Town appealed against this verdict in a higher court. During the entire period of trial from 7th December 2007 till the final verdict by the higher court on 10th December 2008 the two Indian Officers were denied exit visas and were compelled to stay in South Korea in total contravention of the stipulated Maritime Laws, universal support and outcry from all the Maritime nations. The unfortunate verdict delivered on 10th December 2008, to the utter dismay and disappointment of all, went against the Indian Officers who were sentenced to imprisonment of 8 months and 18 months respectively. We learnt that they were immediately handcuffed, chained and marched to their solitary confinement cells with little or no facilities in subhuman conditions. In short they are being treated like hardcore common criminals.

Whilst support in large measure from all quarters is pouring in, we appeal for your support, to ensure that the Indian Officers are granted bail and allowed to return home. We shall be most grateful for your support to ensure speedy return of our children.

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Latest Signatures

  • 15 February 20161000. Sudhakara Raot
    I support this petition
  • 13 February 2016999. O Ps
    Please release the innocent officers. God bless you.
  • 10 February 2016998. Capt Sanjivs
    This verdict of Korean courts is not fair and does not serve anyones interest, least of all the Korean people.
  • 06 February 2016997. Ami G
    very sad on the part of south korean govt.i m not gonna use any samsung and hyundaii products hence forth
  • 05 February 2016996. Rajesh M
    This is an outrage towards any sailors worldwide, what if it was any one of us, on any given day, we should be given benifit of the doubt until the charges are proven .
  • 01 February 2016995. Col Ajaychaudhari
    I support this petition
  • 31 January 2016994. Sunil K
    I demand immediate release of our innocent mates & take proper action against Barge.
  • 29 January 2016993. Sudhir N
    I support this petition
  • 25 January 2016992. Nand H
    This has my full support. Crimilization of Seafarers has to be stopped and we must use all our sources
  • 19 January 2016991. Pnvumrao Rowland
    I support this petition
  • 04 January 2016990. Dr Rv
    Truth will triumph - it always does.
  • 04 January 2016989. Christopher Lnd
    I support this petition
  • 03 January 2016988. Arwinder S
    This injustice done should be immediately rectified by the Korean Govt
  • 02 January 2016987. Michiko W
    South Korea should immediately free the officers!
  • 30 December 2015986. John Me
    A traversity of justice
  • 21 December 2015985. Ssugandhi Best
    I support this petition
  • 18 December 2015984. Vinod P
    totally absurd and barbaric act by koreans ... pelase release them .. we all will pray for the earliest release ...
  • 12 December 2015983. Etiennedewasmes R
    I support this petition
  • 09 December 2015982. Vijay Kc
    63-67 IND Bombay R.N. 1004
  • 05 December 2015981. Vprakash Kline
  • 02 December 2015980. Prasad B
    I support this petition
  • 01 December 2015979. Santosh Kumara
    i have read and signed the petition "justice for officers of Hebei spirit"
  • 28 November 2015978. Rajiv P
    I support this petition
  • 26 November 2015977. Sandeep R
    This judgement is a travesty of justice, the Korean court clearly bowing to the pressure of big business (Samsung). I am also a seafarer and will boycott ALL Korean goods until justice is done and the two Indian seafarers exonerated and freed.
  • 24 November 2015976. Sunand S
    What is happening to the Indian Officers is inhuman and against human rights.
  • 22 November 2015975. Captain Alank
    The treatment of these two devoted officers brings shame on the Korean people.
  • 19 November 2015974. Capt Garyv
    Please release the officers. There is absolutely no reason to hold them liable for the fault of another vessel.

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