Australian Spirit (2014)

LOCATION: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Case number: 120-666-R

The Incident
On December 10, 2014, the Administrator was informed by the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), 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. The Coast Guard vessel Earl Grey was deployed to escort the tow. Transport Canada selected Bedford Basin as a port of refuge, awaiting a sister tanker to arrive from New England, in order to offload the cargo of oil. Rudder repairs, if necessary, would be undertaken at the Halifax shipyard.

The Coast Guard indicated that there may not be a claim against the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund (the Fund). All costs and expenses incurred by Coast Guard would be submitted to the shipowner’s P&I Club.

On March 28, 2017, the Coast Guard confirmed to the Administrator that the vessel owner had paid the tug charges and that a claim would not be filed with the Fund.

The Claim
No claim has been received by the Administrator.

The Administrator closed the file for inquiry purposes on March 28, 2017; however the file remains technically open until the prescription period is over.