לצפייה בדף בעברית לחצו כאן
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On 17 February 2021, oil was found stranded along the Israeli coastline. The source of the spill had not been identified. The spill affected the Mediterranean coastline of Israel causing pollution damage along the coast. To view the full incident case study please click here.
Compensation and Claims Management
The IOPC Funds pay compensation to those who have suffered oil pollution damage in a Member State who cannot obtain full compensation for the pollution damage from the shipowner. Claimants may be individuals, partnerships, companies, private organisations or public bodies, including States or local authorities. Since, in this case, the ship causing the spill has not yet been identified, the IOPC Funds will manage the claims and compensate the losses from the outset.
Who can claim?
Admissibility of claims for compensation
To be entitled to compensation the pollution damage must have resulted in an actual and quantifiable economic loss. The claimant must be able to show the amount of their loss or damage by producing accounting records or other appropriate evidence.
For this incident, specific claim forms for each of the following types of claim can be downloaded below:
- Property damage
- Costs of clean-up operations at sea and on shore
- Economic losses by fisherfolk or those engaged in mariculture
- Economic losses in the tourism and other related sectors
Claims are assessed according to criteria established by the governments of Member States. These criteria are set out in the 1992 Fund’s Claims Manual, which is a practical guide on how to present claims for compensation. Sector-specific guidelines for claimants are also available in English, French and Spanish via the publications section.
Contact information for claimants
To facilitate the claims process in this incident, the IOPC Funds has employed a Hebrew-speaking focal point in Haifa. A team of claims experts has also been engaged and all relevant documentation will be provided in both English and Hebrew.
Any correspondence or questions, should be addressed to the Focal Point below.
Adv. Nir Niessensweig or Mr. Shimon Ziv
Dizengoff & Co. P&I Representatives Ltd.
Tel: +972 4-8673715
Fax: +972 4-8678796
How to submit a claim
Claims should be submitted either directly to the IOPC Funds in London or through the focal point at the address above.
Claimants should submit their claims in writing (including e-mail) using the specific claim forms which will be provided by the focal point. Claims should provide sufficient information and supporting documentation to enable the damage to be assessed. Each item of a claim must be substantiated by invoices or other relevant documentation, such as work sheets, explanatory notes, accounts and photographs. It is the responsibility of claimants to submit evidence to support their claims. It is important that the documentation is complete and accurate. A brief step by step guide in English can be found here.
When to submit a claim
Claims should be submitted as soon as possible and, in any event, no later than three years from the date when the damage occurred.
For further information please contact the IOPC Funds directly.
- Claim form for costs relating to property damage
- Claim form for costs relating to clean up and preventive measures
- Claim form for economic losses in the fisheries and mariculture sector
- Claim form for economic losses in the tourism sector
- How to fill in a claim form
- Step by step guide to submitting a claim