Canadian Sailings – March 2019 Issue: “Celebrating 30 years of compensating victims of oil pollution”
The 2017-2018 Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund Annual Report is now available on our website (www.sopf.gc.ca, under “Publications”). Should you have any suggestions for next year’s report, please forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOPF Claims Manual
The last version of the SOPF Claims Manual was issued in 2014. It focuses on claims for clean-up costs and preventative measures.
In the recent past, the Fund has received a number of claims and queries, which were not covered by the claims manual. We are therefore planning to issue a new version of the claims manual, along the following lines:
- The claims manual would be structured as forms, one for each type of claim or damage.
- The use of these forms would not be mandatory, but they could be used as a checklist of the key elements that will be needed for the assessment of claims by the Administrator’s Office.
- The forms would be accompanied by some guidance text. The International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds Example Claim Form could be used as an inspiration: https://www.iopcfunds.org/uploads/tx_iopcpublications/IOPC_Claims_Form__ENGLISH_2018_WEB_01.pdf
If you wish to receive a draft copy of the new version when it is ready to be circulated to stakeholders for comments, please contact email@example.com
Please note that, as a side project, the Administrator’s Office is also compiling and updating its claims management policies and assessment practices with the view to posting them on SOPF’s website.