Energy Minister meets with reps of Int’l Oil Pollution Compensation Fund over Tobago oil spill

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Energy Minister meets with reps of Int’l Oil Pollution Compensation Fund over Tobago oil spill

Energy Minister Stuart Young met with representatives of the International Oil Pollution Compensation (IOPC) Fund on Monday, 20th May, 2024 to discuss the next steps in the claims process for compensation relating to the Tobago Oil Spill.

Also present at the meeting were representatives of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard; Ministry of Works and Transport; and the Institute of Marine Affairs.

At the meeting, Minister Young reiterated the intention of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to take legal action against the owner of the barge, ‘Gulfstream’ and the owner of the tug, ‘Solo Creed’ and assured the IOPC that Trinidad and Tobago continues to aggressively pursue leads utilizing all available resources.

The IOPC indicated that the next steps include treating with the claims that encompass economic loss due to the oil spill. This transparent and thorough process will be led by the IOPC with the aim that all claims are validated and considered for compensation.

All parties pledged full cooperation and continuous communication to ensure a seamless claims process