Clean up Guidelines
Guidelines for presenting claims for clean up and preventive measures. These Guidelines have been published specifically to assist claimants who have incurred costs for clean up or preventive measures to better understand if, when, and how they can make claims for compensation.
A general practical guide to presenting claims for losses due to oil pollution caused by an oil tanker can be found in the Claims Manual published by the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund 1992 (1992 Fund). This booklet is written specifically to assist claimants who have incurred costs for clean up or preventive measures to better understand if, when, and how they can make claims for compensation. While losses suffered by claimants working in a range of sectors including fisheries, mariculture, tourism and other coastal industries are also eligible for compensation, this booklet is only concerned with claims for compensation related to the reimbursement of costs for clean-up operations and other preventive measures. Claimants from other sectors should consult the Claims Manual and check the publications section of the IOPC Funds’ website for other sector-specific guidelines.
The purpose of these Guidelines is to inform all claimants including Member States, local authorities, private organisations and individuals, what they should do following an oil spill to formulate claims for the reimbursement of clean-up costs and what sort of information is needed to make a claim for compensation. It is intended that these Guidelines will be used to help reach an amicable settlement of
claims, but please note that following these Guidelines does not guarantee that all claims will be successful. This booklet does not address legal issues in detail and should not be seen as an authoritative legal interpretation of the relevant international Conventions in
individual Member States.