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Canada: Federal & local govts. to sue 3 cos. over oil pollution allegedly caused by their ship

Author: Business Vancouver (Canada), Published on: 26 April 2018

"Lawsuit of the week: Feds, province and city claim ship owners have not paid for cleanup costs of 2015 Burrard Inlet oil spill", 24 Apr 2018

The federal, provincial and municipal governments are suing the owners of the ship Marathassa three years after an oil spill in English Bay, which cost millions of dollars that the ship’s owners have allegedly failed to pay.  In three separate actions...the governments claim Marathassa Shipping Corp., Alassia Newships Management Inc., The Standard Club Europe Ltd. and the ship Marathassa have failed to pay for the cleanup costs of a 2,800-litre spill of bunker oil on April 8, 2015.  The provincial government seeks costs and expenses...“incurred in respect of measures taken to prevent, repair, remedy, minimize or to monitor the pollution damage caused by the ship ‘Marathassa.’”...[R]epresentatives of the ship “denied responsibility for the oil pollution,” the province’s claim states...The cleanup lasted until May 26, 2015, and assessments found bunker oil “at a variety of sites around the Burrard Inlet and some oiled wildlife.”  The federal government’s claim seeks $2,431,746 from the defendants for the costs of cleaning up the spill.  The City of Vancouver...seeks costs and expenses related to the spill and subsequent cleanup.  “As a result of the spill, fuel oil polluted City of Vancouver shorelines and beaches, constituting a risk of harm to public health, as well as to local wildlife, marine mammals and fish populations,” the claim states...

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