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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