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USCG increases limits of liability for ships under OPA 90

The US Oil Pollution Act 1990 (OPA 90) provides for an adjustment of the limits of liability according to increase in Consumer Price Index (CPI) not less than ever three years. On 13 August 2019, the USCG published a final rule to increase limits of liability for vessels under OPA 90.

Canadian oil tanker moratorium act sees Royal Assent

Canada’s Minister of transport, Marc Garneau, announced that the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act (Bill C-48) has received Royal Assent. According to the Act, oil tankers transferring crude and persistent oils as cargo from stopping, loading or unloading at ports or marine installations in northern British Columbia. The Act aims to protect, to some level, the area’s marine ecosystems, which are vulnerable to the developing marine shipping.

New Zealand approves Oil Pollution Levy for 2019-22

New Zealand’s Cabinet has approved the mid-point review of the Oil Pollution Levy (OPL) to reflect updated risk and to ensure Maritime NZ can deliver on the current Marine Oil Spill Readiness and Response Strategy. The OPL funds New Zealand’s maritime oil pollution preparedness and response system.

US introduces legislation to protect its coasts from oil spills

US Senators introduced the Clean Coast Act, a legislation aiming to address key safety recommendations made after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, to protect US coasts from oil spills. In particular, the bill codifies the Blowout Preventer Systems & Well Control Rule and the Arctic Drilling Rule.

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