Did you know that there is a federal Fund that compensates those who suffer damages caused by any type of oil, from any type of ship or boat, anywhere in Canadian waters?
Over the past 30 years, however, all involved in the fishing sectors, from catch or harvest to consumption or use have been missing out! The Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund (the Fund) has received very few claims from the fishing sectors: less than 1% of total compensation paid from the Fund.
We are therefore increasing our outreach efforts by inviting you to our webinar on October 7, 2020.
Pitts Carillon: The County of Prince Edward in Ontario accepted the Administrator’s offer of compensation – 2019-09-11
Recent News: The County of Prince Edward in Ontario accepted the Administrator’s offer of compensation for the Pitts Carillon incident. They will receive $394,110.76 (with interest), marking the highest amount ever paid to a local government in the history of the Fund.
In 2017, the County of Prince Edward called a water emergency and shut down their water plant as a result of the sinking and spilling from the barge. The pollutants released on the day of the sinking totalled approximately 50 litres in volume.
We want to remind municipalities, cities, villages, townships and Indigenous communities that, in case of damages, they can submit claims for:
Clean-up costs and preventive measures
Costs for rehabilitating damaged environments
It is not the first time that we compensate regarding municipal water treatment systems. In 2017, we$225,094.77 tothe Municipality of Killarney following the Warren L. II incident:
We compensated for preventive measures taken to protect their water plant and for the costs of importing water to keep up with local demands during the water system shutdown.
Recent news regarding the Pitts Carillon and the claim process after a water emergency was declared as contaminants were approaching the water intake zone for Picton and Bloomfield water plants.
Thanks to The Picton Gazette for covering the story:
“For 30 years, the Fund has been mandated to compensate victims of oil pollution damage (including costs incurred for preventive measures) caused by ships and then take action to recover the costs from the polluters or other responsible parties,” according to the SOPF.
Motion of sale dismissed in the HMCS Cormorant case – 2019-07-27
Recent news regarding the HMCS Cormorant, a former Royal Canadian Navy ship, that listed and leaked oil in the LaHave River, Town of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. The Federal Court of Canada dismissed a motion that would have allowed the sale of the ship.
We opposed the sale because the ship has no market value, is a pollution risk and liability, and it is not in the public interest to allow the sale.
The Fund, who already paid more than half a million dollars for pollution cleanup, will continue the Court process to recuperate the cost from the polluter.
Thanks to the LighthouseNOW and the Chronicle Herald for telling the story.
Maritime Magazine – Highlights of 30th anniversary conference of the Fund – Summer 2019
Thanks Maritime Magazine for highlighting our 30th anniversary of compensating victims of oil pollution from ships.
We also wish to thank the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds), Transport Canada, Canadian Coast Guard, Lyackson First Nation, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Town of Shelburne, Nova Scotia and the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities for their contribution!
BC Shipping News – May 2019
“Industry Insight : More than just big spills from tankers…Anne Legars, Administrator, Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund…Legars provides insight into Canada’s oil spill liability and compensation regime, noting that it’s not just for big spills from tankers”
Press release: SOPF HAS COMPENSATED VICTIMS OF OIL POLLUTION FROM SHIPS FOR 30 YEARS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 24, 2019
THE SOPF HAS COMPENSATED VICTIMS OF OIL POLLUTION FROM SHIPS FOR 30 YEARS
OTTAWA – The Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund (the Fund) today celebrates 30 years of compensating victims of oil pollution from ships. Since its creation in 1989, the Fund has received more than 409 claims and paid $24 million in compensation following the discharge – or the risk of a discharge – of oil in Canadian waters from ships of all types.
“Thirty years ago today, Canada established a compensation regime whereby victims of pollution can be compensated directly by the Fund, which then takes action against the polluter, while protecting taxpayers”, said Anne Legars, the Fund’s Administrator. “Since 1989, guided by the polluter pays principle, the Fund has been involved in 48 court cases, and as a result of its increased efforts over the last three years, it has recovered $2.6 million through the courts and out of court, more than ever before!”
Here are a few more key numbers:
The Canadian Coast Guard remains the Fund’s main claimant, with close to 7 out of 10 claims submitted to the Fund;
1 out of every 4 claims involves a derelict or abandoned vessel or a wreck;
The largest amount claimed in a single year was in 2017-2018, when the Fund received 32 claims totalling $7 million;
The highest compensation amount paid to a single claimant was in 2018, when the Fund paid $4.2 million to the Canadian Coast Guard following the sinking of the Chaulk Determination in Trois-Rivières;
Canadian victims received $12 million from the International Funds following the spill of 200 tons of fuel oil from the tanker Rio Orinoco, which sank off Anticosti Island in 1990;
2017-2018 was an historic year in terms of the diversity of claimants.
Throughout the year of celebration, the Fund will maximize its communication efforts in order to increase awareness of the Fund and continue to promote access to justice and compensation.
“We are actively working to inform all potential claimants of the Fund’s existence and the compensation they are entitled to, particularly by publishing more tools aimed at facilitating claims”, said Anne Legars, who is inviting all Canadians to participate online in the Fund’s anniversary conference scheduled for May 28, 2019 by visiting the following link: https://freeman.streamme.ca/sopf-cidphn2019.
FOR MORE INFORMATION / POUR PLUS D’INFORMATION: Jannie Bédard Guillemette: 613-990-8666
Canadian Sailings – March 2019 Issue: “Celebrating 30 years of compensating victims of oil pollution”
Our Administrator, Anne Legars, wrote an article in Canadian Sailings magazine for the March 2019 issue. The article summarizes the activities of the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund over the last thirty years, and discusses significant legislative amendments in December 2018.
Thank you to Canadian Sailings for telling our story.
To read the article, please visit Canadian Sailings website, or follow the link below.