A spill of oil can cause a financial loss for a variety of organisations and individuals. Despite the best efforts of those concerned, the resultant clean-up can be protracted and costly. Oil may arrive on a shoreline causing damage to property and economic loss, particularly affecting local fishing or tourism industries. Those placed at a financial disadvantage as a result of a spill of oil may be eligible for compensation.
This paper provides guidance on the information to be recorded and the documentation or other evidence required to support a claim. The process by which a claim should be compiled and submitted is also outlined. This paper is applicable primarily to spills of oil from ships although many of the points raised will be relevant to spills of oil from other sources.