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The Raise of Sunken Property: A Maritime Lawyer’s View

For 293 days tanker-bunker DELFI, which sank off the coast of Odessa on November 22, 2019, was both a newsmaker and a good background in the photographs of Odessa residents and guests.

The maritime accident that happened to DELFI endangered the lives and health of crew members, caused pollution of the Odessa port water area due to heavy fuel leakage from its fuel tanks, damage to the hydraulic structure (breakwater) and made it impossible to use the “Dolphin” beach for recreation.

Leaving aside the question of the causes and preconditions of this maritime incident, we propose to consider the legal issues related to the raising of the tanker and the possibility of bringing the shipowner to justice.

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