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Oil Spill in Las Palmas Harbour - Canary Islands

By Sue Richards last modified Nov 26, 2009 08:25 PM

Published: 2009-11-26 20:25:27
Countries: Canary Islands

Last week there was a bad oil spill in Las Palmas Harbour which affected a number of yachts at the Real Club Nautico, Vela Latina and yachts in the anchorage.

The correct procedure if your yacht has been damaged by the oil is this:

  1. Request a claim form from the Marina Office.
    2. Complete and submit form to the Claims Department of the Port Authority; this can be done via the Marina Office or by going direct to the main Port Authority Building.
    3. The Port Authority will register and acknowledge the claim.
    4. Claimant will be asked to submit an estimate for repairs/remedial work.
    5. The Port Authority will then make a collective claim against the offending oil company.
    6. After assesment claims will be paid.

This is a time consuming process, and it may be a long time before any claims are paid. It's also important that after you have submitted your claim at the Marina office you make sure it is delivered to the Claims Department.

We have been informed that an insurance assesor went around the anchorage looking at the damage on Friday 20 November. And that a clean up has been carried out and there does not appear to be any oil now. The beach between the northern breakwater and the Real Club Nautico is open.