EM-AN-L (2016)

LOCATION: Weymouth North Harbour, Nova Scotia

Case Number 120-699

On September 18, 2016, a local fisherman reported to Coast Guard that a 40-foot fishing vessel had sunk and was polluting Weymouth North Harbour. The vessel had struck a shoal while entering the harbor, was holed, and eventually sunk at the Irving dock.

Coast Guard responded to the scene, confirmed the pollution and identified the pollution threat to lobster holding crates in the area. Coast Guard took on the dual role of On-Scene Commander and Responder. They were assisted by local fishermen. Sorbents were utilized and pollutants were removed from the area. The vessel owner did not respond to the incident.

On December 2, 2016, the CCG filed a claim with the Administrator in the amount of $4,808.25. On January 25, 2017, after assessment and investigation, the Administrator made an offer for the established amount of $4,605.94 plus interest. The offer was accepted and the Administrator paid the full amount of $4,663.38.

The Administrator instructed Counsel to pursue recourse action against the vessel owner. The file remains open.