Decision ID: 001380

In July 2002 the 1992 Fund Executive Committee noted that between 23 September and 9 October 2000 persistent oil had polluted two islands to the north of Gotland and on several islands in the Stockholm archipelago in the Baltic Sea and that investigations by the Swedish authorities had indicated that the tanker Alambra was responsible for discharging the oil within the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone whilst on a ballast voyage to Tallinn (Estonia). The Committee noted that the Swedish authorities intended to submit their claims for compensation for clean-up costs to the shipowner, but that if they were unsuccessful, they would consider claiming against the 1992 Fund. The Committee also noted that the Swedish Coastguard had imposed a fine of £29,000 on the shipowner, but that the shipowner had appealed against the decision to the Stockholm City Court, which was still pending. It was further noted that the Swedish authorities were waiting the outcome of the proceedings before submitting their claims for compensation against the shipowner.

Date: 30.06.2002
Categories: Application of the Conventions, Legal actions
Subjects: Applicability of the 1992 Fund Convention to pollution damage caused by spills from unidentified sources, Criminal proceedings, Legal actions against shipowners