Decision ID: 000813

In October 1997 the 1971 Fund Executive Committee considered the admissibility of a claim for the costs of repairing a car which had been damaged as a result of a traffic accident allegedly caused by a thin film of oil said to have built up over a period as a result of the road having been used by vehicles carrying oil from polluted beaches to a disposal area. It was noted that it had been reported in the minutes of a meeting of the joint response centre that a problem was developing as a result of oil on roads causing slippery surfaces and that road cleaning had been arranged and a warning released to the public. However, the Committee decided that the claim should be rejected since there was not a sufficiently close link of causation between the contamination resulting from the release of oil from the ship and the damage suffered by the claimant.

Date: 30.09.1997
Category: Property damage
Subjects: Admissibility criteria, Link of causation between the loss and the contamination, Specific claims considered by the governing bodies