Summer is here and with it, the busiest maritime season on Canada’s waters! Commercial ships of all sizes navigate side-by-side with pleasure craft. So, what is the summer impact on our portfolio of incidents?
Looking at the historical data, in the past 32 years we notice only a slight variation between seasons. Over 1 in 4 incidents in our portfolio occurred during the summer months. The month of August saw the highest number, representing almost 11% of all ship-source oil pollution incidents resulting in claims (see the graph below).
Incidents Occurrence by Month and Season:
Summer is also the season of big contrasts. It’s the same in our portfolio. For incidents that occurred in the month of August, we received claims for the third biggest amount and the smallest amount. Here’s a little background on both:
|Ship name (year) and location||Amount claimed||Summary|
|Crown Forest 84-12 (2007)
Northeastern end of Vancouver Island, BC
|Skaubryn Mystery Spill – Georgie Girl Claim (2000)
Vancouver Harbour, BC
Would you like to read more about these two incidents or any other ones? Have a look at our latest edition of the Incident Summaries compilation at: https://sopf.gc.ca/?page_id=11715.