LOCATION: Coast of Cape Breton

Case number: 120-671

On 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. The Coast Guard responded on February 21, as the vessel was under tow by commercial tugs but then stuck in ice. While conducting icebreaking operations around the Maple Lea, the icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent made contact with the escorted vessel, resulting in hull damage to both of them.

On March 2, 2015, the Administrator received a copy of the Statement of Defence in an action in the Federal Court between the Crown, Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), and the shipowner in relation to the incident. The Fund has been served by the Department of Justice because there may have been a threat of oil pollution and the Coast Guard felt obliged to intervene.

On March 25, 2015, the Administrator instructed counsel to file an appearance with the Court without any admission or prejudice to the rights of the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund under the Marine Liability Act. On September 15, 2015, counsel provided the Administrator with copies of the receipt and release and the notice of discontinuance of the suit between the shipowner and the Crown.

The litigation had been settled. Accordingly, on September 15, the Administrator closed the file.