Pollution compensation rises – Fishupdate.com

Pollution compensation rises Published:  08 September, 2006

FROM today the financial compensation available to UK victims of oil

pollution from tankers such as the Braer and the Sea Empress has

increased by approximately 270%. The total amount available has risen

from £161 million to £596 million.

The increase follows the coming into force today of the Supplementary

Fund Protocol which the UK ratified on June 8.

A transport department spokesman said: “The Supplementary Fund will offer greater financial protection to those communities that suffer economic losses as a result of pollution from persistent oil and for organisations that take measures to minimise the effects of oil pollution around the UK.

“The additional £435 million now available for

compensation should ensure prompt and full compensation for admissible claims. This has not always been the case in major incidents.”

The Supplementary Fund Protocol was developed to ensure that

sufficient compensation is available in the event of large spillages

of persistent oil from tankers such as the Prestige, which broke up

off the coast of Spain in 2002 causing widespread pollution damage in

Spain, France and Portugal.

The Supplementary Fund Protocol has been implemented in the UK by

Order in Council (SI 2006/1265) made under section 1 of the

Merchant Shipping (Pollution) Act 2006.

Payment of compensation will be administered by the International

Oil Pollution Compensation Funds; an international, non-governmental

organisation. Further information is available at: www.iopcfund.org

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