Thursday, November 19, 2009

OIL POLLUTION LIABILITY OVER THE LLMC PROTOCOL LIMIT

Claims data from the International Group for bunker oil pollution incdents with a value above 100K USD recorded 595 incidents for vessels entered with the IG- of this only eight Incidents have been reported where the total cost of claims for pollution damage arising from a spill from the ship s bunker oil exceeded the 1996 LLMC Protocol limits. In half of these incidents, the Protocol was in force at the time in the State in whose waters the incident occurred. The clubs Reported that in each of those cases the 1996 LLMC Protocol limits were exceeded by significant amounts. In Queensland - A $25 million settlement was reached which under LLMC would have been between $14.5 million and $17.5 million. With the number of claims exceeding the threshold levels set being just 1.3%- it seems unlikely that the limit will be raised anytime soon and consequently - Owners/ Ships Masters will continue to feel the heat.
See http://www.lloydslistdcn.com.au/archive/2009/november/17/may-hearing-for-pacific-adventurer-master

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