Managing the Risk of Offshore Oil and Gas Accidents
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Managing the Risk of Offshore Oil and Gas Accidents

The International Legal Dimension

Edited by Günther Handl and Kristoffer Svendsen

This book addresses the international legal dimension of the management of the risk of accidents associated with offshore oil and gas activities. It focuses on the prevention and minimization of harm as well as the post-accident management of loss through liability and compensation arrangements and the processing of mass claims for compensation. Government officials of countries with offshore industries, international civil servants and academics in related fields will find the book a valuable resource.
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Chapter 10: The CLC/Fund experience

Måns Jacobsson

Abstract

This chapter contains a presentation of the procedures for handling compensation claims that have been developed in maritime law within the framework of an international regime dealing with tanker oil spills which has been in operation since 1978. The international treaties creating this regime, the Civil Liability and Fund Conventions, contain hardly any provisions dealing with the handling of compensation claims. The intergovernmental organizations established to administer the regime, the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds), have in connection with the handling of compensation claims arising out of some 150 tanker oil spills developed criteria for the admissibility of claims and procedures for claims handling. The author raises the question as to whether the procedures for claims handling developed within this regime could serve as a model for the handling of compensation claims within a future offshore liability and compensation regime.

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