At the invitation of the Regional organization for the conservation of the environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERSGA), the IOPC Funds, together with the International Group of P&I Associations, ran a three-day regional workshop from 13–15 September 2021, on liability and compensation for ship-source pollution.
PERSGA is an intergovernmental body dedicated to the conservation of the unique coastal and marine environments in the region. It includes seven member states, namely: Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
The online workshop was aimed at promoting the adoption of the international conventions related to liability and compensation for damage caused by pollution in the region, specifically the 1992 Civil Liability and the 1992 Fund Conventions, as well as the 2010 HNS Convention. The workshop also addressed the issue of implementation of the international conventions into the domestic legal systems. Chiara DellaMea, Claims Manager, and Chrystelle Collier, Claims Administrator, delivered several presentations on the various types of claims that are admissible under the Conventions and organised practical activities that highlighted the importance of ratification of these Conventions.
This workshop was a valuable opportunity to strengthen regional cooperation in respect of oil spill response in the event of a major incident.