LOCATION: South Coast of Newfoundland and Labrador
Case number: 120-662
On September 21, 2014, the Administrator was informed about the incident involving the Canadian Coast Guard about the multi-purpose cargo ship Jana. At the time, the disabled ship was at anchor in Mortimer Bay on the south coast of Newfoundland. The Coast Guard had engaged a tug to tow the ship to the nearby port of Argentia, because the ship had bunker fuel on board and the forecast called for hurricane force winds. These measures were taken to prevent the risk of oil pollution should the ship drag anchor and run aground. The towage services were paid by Coast Guard.
When informed about the situation, the Administrator conducted background research and ascertained through Ship Safety that the Jana had a certificate of insurance in respect of Civil Liability required by the Bunkers Convention, which was valid until February 20, 2015. Further information advised that previously on August 14, the ship had lost engine power shortly after embarking a pilot eight nautical miles off Argentia.
The Administrator instructed counsel to conduct background research of the vessel’s ownership. Counsel confirmed that the Jana was registered in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, in the Eastern Caribbean. The registered owner is an entity located in Haren, Germany.
On September 30, Coast Guard informed the Administrator that it was intended to submit a claim to the shipowner’s P&I Club. The Administrator instructed counsel to keep a watching brief and explore whether any claim that may be filed with the Fund would fall within the scope of the Bunker Convention.
No further information was received during the fiscal year and no claim has been filed with the fund. The file remains open.