LOCATION: Deming’s Island, Nova Scotia
Case number: 120-688
On April 14, 2016, the fishing vessel Lady Young grounded on Deming’s Island in a lobster fishing and holding area of Nova Scotia while en route from Liverpool to Jordan’s Bay. The vessel contained 300 gallons of diesel fuel as well as other pollutants. The vessel owner was given “Notice” by Coast Guard and he replied that he did not have the financial means to respond. Coast Guard assumed the role of On-scene Commander and engaged RMI Marine Services to remove pollutants from the vessel. The work was completed on the 19th of April. The vessel hulk was left on the island.
On August 9, 2016, the Administrator received a claim from Coast Guard for costs and expenses in the amount of $25,747.66 pursuant to the Marine Liability Act. After confirming the legitimacy of the claim and completing an investigation and assessment, the Administrator made a final offer to the Coast Guard for the established amount of $25,598.67 plus interest. The offer was accepted by Coast Guard on December 14, 2016, accordingly, a payment of $26,098.69 was made to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans/CCG.
The Administrator is pursuing recourse action for full cost recovery and the file remains open.