Top Hatt (2016)

LOCATION: Fraser Pacific Marine Services’ boat shed, Richmond, British Columbia

Case number: 120-690-R

The Incident
On February 18, 2016, a yacht stored in one of Fraser Pacific Marine Services’ (FPMS) boat sheds sank and was leaking oil. FPMS was under contract by the vessel owner to lengthen the vessel when the incident occurred. The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) was on scene and, together with FPMS staff, took actions to prevent pollution damages. The quantity of oil on board the vessel was unknown. The vessel was raised and the contamination was cleaned. However, FPMS still continued to maintain and monitor the vessel in order to avoid any further pollution.

The vessel owner was contacted but has never taken responsibility for the pollution.

The Claim
Pads and booms were supplied by CCG for the response to this incident; however, they advised that they were not planning on filing a claim.

On May 6, 2016, the Administrator received an email from FPMS requesting the payment of an invoice in the amount of $92,829.45 for costs and expenses incurred in the incident response. The Administrator replied that the invoice did not constitute a claim and provided FPMS with a copy of the Claims Manual should they wish to file a claim.

No claim has been received by the Administrator as yet.

The file remains open.