The IOPC Funds were invited to participate in an online event organised by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Manila, Philippines on 27 September 2023.
The event marked a significant occasion as the PCG celebrated its 122nd anniversary in the month of September. As part of the celebration, the PCG hosted a series of activities aimed at raising awareness and providing education on the subject of oil spills and their consequences.
Ana Cuesta, Claims Manager, delivered a presentation that addressed the legal framework underpinning the international liability and compensation regime for incidents of ship-source oil pollution. She also focused on the core principles governing the admissibility of claims and provided guidance on the claim submission process.
In addition to this presentation, several other sessions covered topics related to damage caused by oil spills, oil spill response strategies and incident management, with a particular focus on the MT Princess Empress incident which affected the Philippines earlier this year.
Further information regarding the latest developments in the incident can be found at: www.princessempressinformationcentre.com
Specific information for claimants, including claim forms, which are available in both English and Tagalog, can be found at www.iopcfunds.org/princess-empress-information-for-claimants/.
The Secretariat will report on the latest developments in this incident to the next session of the 1992 Fund Executive Committee in November 2023.