2015-2016 File Portfolio (Incidents and Claims)

During the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year, the Fund managed a portfolio of 48 cases, which included 19 incident reports and 29 claims files.

Incident Reports. The Administrator receives oil pollution incident reports from many sources―particularly from the Coast Guard. Some of these incidents are responded to in a satisfactory manner at the local level, when the ship owner or the insurer deals directly with the claims. In such cases, the incident report will not translate into a claim submitted to the Fund at a later date.  However, when there is a risk that the incident becomes a claim that is submitted to the Fund, the Administrator will take measures to protect the Fund against the risk that the ship owner may not assume his financial responsibilities or to ensure that the measures taken to mitigate the risk of pollution are reasonable.

Claims Files. The Administrator receives the request for claim, assesses the claim, makes a settlement offer to the claimant and pays the established amount, if the offer is accepted. The Administrator is then subrogated to the rights of the claimant and must take all reasonable measures to recover the amount paid out from the ship owner, the insurer or any other responsible third-party.

The files listed below were dealt with during Fiscal Year 2015-2016 and were reported in the last available corresponding annual report. Files dealt with during Fiscal Year 2016-2017 will be added to the 2016-2017 Annual Report once it is tabled in both Houses of Parliament.


2015-2016 File Portfolio (Incidents and Claims)

Ref. #ProvinceLocationYearCase #NameDescriptionIncident(s)Claim(s)
2.1Nova ScotiaShelburne2007120-530Stephanie & DarrylOn April 11, 2007, the Port Manager of the Shelburne Marine Terminal, in Nova Scotia, informed the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) that a 45-foot fishing vessel secured to its wharf had been abandoned. It contained approximately 3,500 litres of fuel plus hydraulic oils. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.2Canadian ArticCoronation Gulf2010120-580Clipper AdventurerOn August 27, 2010, the Bahamian-registered cruise ship, Clipper Adventurer, ran aground in the Coronation Gulf, Canadian Arctic. The vessel reported that it was not taking on water nor was there any sign of oil pollution. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.3British ColumbiaPrince Rupert2011120-608MistannThis claim involves the 37-foot fiberglass fishing vessel Mistann, which sank at the Yacht Club in Prince Rupert on Friday October 14, 2011. When the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) received a report that the Mistann had sunk with approximately 1200 litres of diesel fuel and a quantity of lube oil on board [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.4British ColumbiaLadysmith Harbour2012120-619Viki Lyne IIOn June 21, 2012, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) informed the Administrator about this incident. A concerned citizen had reported that an old steel-hulled fishing vessel, Viki Lyne II, was abandoned in Ladysmith Harbour, British Columbia, and was likely to discharge a pollutant. [ Read more ...]Incident
2.5British ColumbiaLadysmith Harbour2012120-664Bertha GThe response to this incident commenced during the afternoon of November 14, 2012, when the Canadian Coast Guard Environmental Response (CCG ER) personnel received reports that an ex-fishing vessel was aground near Dunsmuir Island in Ladysmith Harbour, Vancouver Island. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.6Nova ScotiaCoast of Cape Breton2013120-671Maple LeaOn February 17, 2013, the general cargo vessel Maple Lea, registered in Antigua and Barbuda sustained mechanical problems and was adrift off the coast of Cape Breton. The vessel was threatening to drift aground and possibly discharge oil pollutants into the marine environment. [ Read more ... ]Incident
2.7British ColumbiaPort Browning, Pender Island2013120-629MikonThis claim involves a 37-foot wooden hull ex-fishing vessel, Mikon, that sank at its moorings and caused oil pollution in Port Browning, Pender Island, British Columbia. The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) received a report of the incident on March 2, 2013, and deployed a crew from the Ganges lifeboat station to investigate. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.8British ColumbiaPender Island2013120-635Pacific ChallengeOn June 27, 2013, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) informed the Administrator that the ex-tug Pacific Challenge was in danger of sinking at its anchorage off Pender Harbour, British Columbia. The owner reported that hull deterioration was the cause for the slow ingress of water, but that he was unable to respond to the incident. [ Read more ... ]Incident
2.9QuebecSte-Anne de Bellevue2013120-678Mystery Spill Sainte-Anne-de-BellevueEarly in the morning of July 14, 2013, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) was alerted about an oil spill occurrence in the lock area of the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal, which connects Lac St. Louis and Lac des Deux Montagnes near Montreal. An oil slick of about 50 feet by 200 feet was observed. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.10QuebecCap du Basque2013120-677Grand CharlevoixLate in the morning of July 15, 2013, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) was alerted that the Grand Charlevoix, a 19.8-metre commercial excursion vessel touched bottom and was holed with 38 persons including passengers on board about three nautical miles from Cap du Basque, at the mouth of the Saguenay River, Quebec. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.11QuebecSt. Lawrence River, at Montreal2013120-676Tandem IDuring the morning of July 17, 2013, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) was alerted that the maritime shuttle ferry, Tandem I, was aground in the St. Lawrence River, at Montreal. The 24-metre vessel sustained a fire in the engine room, and grounded about 2.34 cables off the wharf in Longueuil. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.12QuebecMontreal2013120-675BaylinerThis occurrence began as a Search and Rescue response and transformed into an Environmental Response incident. During the afternoon of August 17, 2013, the Coast Guard received a report that the 27-foot pleasure craft Bayliner was aground in the “Rivière des Prairies Rapides du Cheval Blanc” in the vicinity of Montreal. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.13NewfoundlandSt-John's2013120-661Lakeview VentureDuring the night of September 3, 2013, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) in St. John’s, Newfoundland, received a report from the RCMP that fishing vessel, Lakeview Venture, had caught fire at the wharf in Cobb’s Arm, Notre Dame Bay. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.14QuebecBeauharnois2013120-642Kathryn SpiritOn September 19, 2013, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) informed the Administrator about a potential oil pollution incident near Beauharnois in the St. Lawrence River. In 2011 a ship, Kathryn Spirit, which was owned by a Mexican company went aground in the Beauharnois area of Lac St. Louis. [ Read more ... ]Incident
2.15British ColumbiaLadysmith Harbour2013120-641BromadaOn September 19, 2013, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) received a report that an old fishing vessel Bromada sank in Ladysmith Harbour, British Columbia, and was discharging oil. CCG Environmental Response personnel from Victoria were deployed to assess the occurrence. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.16British ColumbiaComox2013120-680Gale ForceThe incident was reported to the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) on October 9, 2013. The Gale Force, a derelict 61-foot wooden hull ex-fishing vessel built in 1940, was aground and discharging pollutants in the sensitive marine estuary at Comox, British Columbia. Coast Guard Environmental Response personnel were deployed from Victoria to assess the situation. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.17British ColumbiaCampbell River2014120-644Porcher GOn January 13, 2014, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) informed the Administrator that the 45-foot wooden hull ex-fishing vessel Porcher G sank at the wharf in Campbell River, British Columbia and was discharging oil. Personnel from the Campbell River lifeboat station attended and streamed a containment boom around the sunken vessel. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.18British ColumbiaSquamish Harbour2014120-646ElfThe incident occurred on January 14, 2014, when the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) received a report from the District of Squamish that the Elf sank near the government wharf in Squamish Harbour. It was reported that a significant amount of oil was upwelling from the wreck, which had sunk in an environmentally sensitive area. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.19British ColumbiaDeep Bay2014120-647Baltic IIOn January 24, 2014, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) received a report from the harbour authority at Deep Bay, British Columbia, that an abandoned wooden fishing vessel was at risk of sinking and discharging oil at its mooring in the harbour. The harbour manager advised that the vessel was not equipped with any bilge pumping arrangement. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.20British ColumbiaCowichan Bay, Vancouver Island2014120-613Dominion IThe Administrator’s Annual Report 2012-2013 (sections 2.17 and 2.42) notes that the ex-fish-packing vessel Dominion I was involved in two previous incidents. In 2005, the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority filed a claim for oil pollution clean-up costs and expenses. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.21New BrunswickTabusintac2014120-651MacEachern’s Point WharfOn May 5, 2013, a fire occurred at the MacEachern’s Point Wharf in Tabusintac, New Brunswick. The fire destroyed the upper structure of five fishing vessels and they sank alongside their mooring docks. Each vessel contained approximately 150 gallons of fuel oil, plus a quantity of lube and hydraulic oils. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.22Nova ScotiaBridgewater2014120-653Cape Rouge (Former Reg’d Name of Ryan Atlantic II)The incident occurred on March 10, 2014, when the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) received a report from a concerned citizen that the vessel Cape Rouge was sinking at the wharf in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. During the mid-afternoon, Canadian Coast Guard Environmental Response (CCG ER) personnel arrived at [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.23NewfoundlandRose Blanche2014120-649John IThe Administrator was informed by the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) that on March 14, 2014, the Panama-registered bulk carrier, John I, which was en route to Montreal, had lost power and drifted onto a shoal near Rose Blanche on the south coast of Newfoundland. [ Read more ... ]Incident
2.24Arctic RegionRed River2014120-655Lord Selkirk IIIn early March 2014, the Superintendent of the Canadian Coast Guard Environmental Response (CCG ER) for Western Region was informed by Transport Canada in Prairie and Northern Region about the situation of the derelict vessel, Lord Selkirk II, aground in the ice-covered waters of the Red River. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.25Nova ScotiaBridgewater2014120-652Hannah AtlanticThis claim from the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and the above-noted claim (section 2.22 - Cape Rouge) both occurred in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, during March and April 2014, respectively. The two old steel trawlers were sister ships. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.26British ColumbiaVancouver Island2014120-657MaryjackThe incident occurred on May 31, 2014, when the ex-fishing vessel Maryjack sank in Sibell Bay on Vancouver Island. On June 2, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) informed the Administrator that the 60-foot wooden hull vessel was discharging oils. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.27British ColumbiaKitsilano Beach, Vancouver2014120-659WindagoOn June 11, 2014, the sailing vessel Windago dragged anchor and grounded on Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver, British Columbia. There was oil leaking from the vessel and there was a significant risk of further pollution, given that the vessel had 400 plus litres of diesel, as well as various lube oils on board. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.28British ColumbiaVancouver Island2014120-660Silver KingOn June 23, 2014, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), Western Region, informed the Administrator that it was aware of an abandoned derelict tug near a sensitive fishing area in Deep Bay on the east coast of Vancouver Island. [ Read more ... ]Incident
2.29NewfoundlandMortimer Bay2014120-662JanaOn September 21, 2014, the Administrator was informed about the incident involving the Canadian Coast Guard about the multi-purpose cargo ship Jana. At the time, the disabled ship was at anchor in Mortimer Bay on the south coast of Newfoundland. [ Read more ... ]Incident
2.30British ColumbiaVancouver Island2014120-663Crown ForestOn September 27, 2014, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) informed the Administrator that an old 40-metre barge was sinking and polluting in Zeballos Inlet on the west side of Vancouver Island. [ Read more ... ]Incident
2.31British ColumbiaIsland Haida Gwaii2014120-624SimushirOn October 16, 2014, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) received a report that the Russian Federation general cargo ship Simushir was adrift 19 nautical miles west of the island Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. The ship had a main engine failure and was experiencing 7-metre seas with winds in excess of... [ Read more ... ]Incident
2.32British ColumbiaHowe Sound2014120-665SpudnikOn November 12, 2014, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) informed the Administrator that the vessel Spudnik had broken its moorings and was adrift in Howe Sound, British Columbia. At the time there was a north wind of some 20 to 30 knots outflowing the Sound, which is almost entirely hemmed in by rugged mountains. [ Read more ... ]Incident
2.33Nova Scotia2014120-666Australian SpiritThe Administrator was informed by the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) on December 10, 2014, that the Bahamian-registered crude oil tanker Australian Spirit was adrift about 40 nautical miles off the coast of Nova Scotia due to loss of steering. The offshore supply tug Venture Sea had arrived on scene and connected to tow the disabled crude carrier to Halifax. [ Read more ... ]Incident
2.34QuebecTrois Rivieres2014120-667Chaulk DeterminationThe incident occurred on December 26, 2014, when the tugboat Chaulk Determination sank at the wharf in the port of Trois-Rivières, Quebec, and began leaking fuel oil into the St. Lawrence River. [ Read more ... ]Incident
2.35QuebecTrois Rivieres2015120-667Chaulk DeterminationThe Chaulk Determination was an ocean-going tug of 566 gross tonnes owned by CAI Marine Inc. On December 26, 2014, the vessel sank at Section 1 of the Port of Trois-Rivières with 22 tonnes of pollutants on board. The owner was contacted and was unable to respond. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.36British ColumbiaNamu2015120-669Chilcotin PrincessOn January 30, 2015, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) informed the Administrator that a 51-metre old steel vessel, Chilcotin Princess, was listing at its berth and in danger of sinking at Namu, British Columbia. The vessel was moored alongside the old dock of the abandoned Namu cannery for over 10 years. [ Read more ... ]Incident
2.37Nova ScotiaLunenburg2015120-670SchwalbeThe Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) informed the Administrator that on February 1, 2015, a 60-foot sailboat, Schwalbe, had broken its moorings and drifted ashore on the south side of Lunenburg Harbour, Nova Scotia. The CCG Environmental Response personnel learned from local residents that the sailboat had been anchored in the harbour for several years [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.38OntarioPort Weller2015120-668NaviculaOn February 3, 2015, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) informed the Administrator that a former Canada Fisheries Research Vessel, Navicula, sank at a Welland Canal marina in Port Weller, Ontario. [ Read more ... ]Incident
2.39Nova ScotiaBrdigewater2015120-672CormorantOn March 18, 2015, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) was notified that the Cormorant, a former diving support ship in the Royal Canadian Navy that had been decommissioned and sold in 1997, was listing heavily at the dock in LaHave River, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.40British ColumbiaVancouver Harbour2015120-673MarathassaOn April 8, 2015, the owner of the local sailing vessel, Hali, reported to the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) that there was an oil spill near the entrance to Vancouver Harbour. The Harbour Master was also informed and assigned a duty harbour boat to investigate. [ Read more ... ]Incident
2.41Nova ScotiaShelburne2015120-679Farley MowatOn June 24, 2015, the Canadian Coast Guard Environmental Response personnel (CCG ER) were notified that the M/V Farley Mowat was sinking at the wharf in Shelburne, Nova Scotia. The ship was well down by the stern and was thought to be touching the bottom off the Harbour Authority dock. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.42NewfoundlandSt. Anthony2015120-685Baffin SoundThe incident occurred on June 23, 2015, when the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) in St. John’s, Newfoundland, received a report from the local Harbour Authority that an oil sheen was originating from the fishing vessel Baffin Sound in St. Anthony – a fishing town on the northern reaches of the island of Newfoundland. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.43NewfoundlandSt. John's2015120-686Mystery Spill On July 4, 2015, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) received a report of an oil sheen on the surface of the water at Pier 10 in St. John’s Harbour. (Pier 10 is the deep water pier in front of Water Street where large vessels such as cruise ships tie up.) A local tour boat operator reported the occurrence, he described it as thick oil covering an area of more than 50 square feet near Pier 10. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.44British ColumbiaGranville Island, Vancouver2015120-682Mystery SpillThis incident occurred in False Creek, Vancouver, on September 12, 2015. The diesel oil was discovered on the surface of the water between the Burrard and Granville Bridges on the north end of Granville Island. The diesel fuel accumulated near two boats of the whale-watching company, White Whales Vancouver. [ Read more ... ]Claim
2.45Nova ScotiaChedabucto2015120-681ArrowIn late September 2015, the Administrator was informed that the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) was investigating a report of oil sheens near the location where the tanker Arrow sank in 1970 after grounding in Chedabucto Bay, Nova Scotia. [ Read more ... ]Incident
2.46NunavikUngava Bay2015120-683Sarah DesgagnésOn November 6, 2015, the Administrator received a written enquiry from a lawyer representing the Makivik Corporation of Nunavik about the procedure to obtain compensation for loss of damage due to an oil spill caused by a tanker in Canadian waters. [ Read more ... ]Incident
2.47QuebecQuebec City2015120-684Louis JollietIn early November 2015, the cruise vessel Louis Jolliet was reported to be leaking diesel into the St. Lawrence River at Quebec City. On November 8, the amount of diesel pollution was reported by the media to be 7,500 litres, however, the company later confirmed that the amount was significantly less. [ Read more ... ]Incident
2.48NewfoundlandPort Saunders2016120-687Stelie IIOn March 29, 2016, the Administrator was informed by the Canadian Coast Guard that the fishing vessel Stelie II was a potential oil pollution threat in the harbour of Port Saunders, Newfoundland. The 90-foot vessel, built in 1963, had broken free of its moorings at the Northern Boat Repair facility and was causing damage to the dock. [ Read more ... ]Incident