Marine Liability Act (S.C. 2001, c. 6)

Assented to 2001-05-10

Marginal note:Admiralty Court has jurisdiction
  •  (1) Subject to section 59, all claims under this Part may be sued for and recovered in the Admiralty Court.

  • Marginal note:Jurisdiction may be exercised in rem

    (2) Subject to subsection (3), the jurisdiction conferred on the Admiralty Court by subsection (1) may be exercised in rem against the ship that is the subject of the claim, or against any proceeds of sale of the ship that have been paid into court.

  • Marginal note:Exempt ships and cargoes

    (3) No action in rem may be commenced in Canada against

    • (a) a warship, coast guard ship or police vessel;

    • (b) a ship owned or operated by Canada or a province, or any cargo carried on such a ship, if the ship is engaged on government service; or

    • (c) a ship owned or operated by a state other than Canada, or any cargo carried on such a ship, with respect to a claim if, at the time the claim arose or the action is commenced, the ship was being used exclusively for non-commercial governmental purposes.

Marginal note:Action by Administrator
  •  (1) If there is an occurrence that gives rise to liability of an owner of a ship under subsection 51(1),

    • (a) the Administrator may, either before or after receiving a claim under section 85, commence an action in rem against the ship that is the subject of the claim, or against any proceeds of sale of the ship that have been paid into court; and

    • (b) subject to subsection (3), the Administrator is entitled in any such action to claim security in an amount not less than the owner’s maximum aggregate liability under section 54 or 55.

  • Marginal note:Subrogation

    (2) The Administrator may continue an action referred to in subsection (1) only if the Administrator has become subrogated to the rights of the claimant under subsection 87(3).

  • Marginal note:Entitlement to claim security

    (3) The Administrator is not entitled to claim security under subsection (1) if

    • (a) in the case of a Convention ship, a fund has been constituted under section 58; and

    • (b) in the case of any other ship, a fund has been constituted under Article 11 of the Limitation of Liability Convention.

Marginal note:Limitation of liability — Convention ships
  •  (1) The maximum liability under section 51 of an owner of a Convention ship in respect of an occurrence is

    • (a) if the ship has a tonnage of not more than 5,000 tons, 3,000,000 units of account; and

    • (b) if the ship has a tonnage of more than 5,000 tons, 3,000,000 units of account for the first 5,000 tons and 420 units of account for each additional ton, not exceeding 59,700,000 units of account in the aggregate.

  • Marginal note:Conduct barring limitation

    (2) An owner is not entitled to limitation of liability under subsection (1) if it is proved that the actual or anticipated oil pollution damage resulted from the personal act or omission of the owner, committed with the intent to cause the oil pollution damage or recklessly and with knowledge that the oil pollution damage would probably result.

  • Marginal note:Calculation of tonnage

    (3) For the purpose of subsection (1), a ship’s tonnage is the gross tonnage calculated in accordance with the tonnage measurement rules contained in Annex I of the International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships, 1969, concluded at London on June 23, 1969, including any amendments, whenever made, to the Annexes or Appendix to that Convention.

  • Definition of “unit of account”

    (4) In paragraphs (1)(a) and (b), “unit of account” means a special drawing right issued by the International Monetary Fund.

  • Marginal note:Amendment of limits

    (5) If amendments to the limits of liability specified in paragraph 1 of Article V of the Civil Liability Convention are made in accordance with Article 15 of the Protocol of 1992 concluded at London on November 27, 1992, the Governor in Council may, by order, on the recommendation of the Minister, amend the limits of liability set out in subsection (1) by the same amounts.

Marginal note:Limitation of liability — other ships

 The maximum liability under section 51 of an owner of a ship other than a Convention ship in respect of an occurrence shall be as determined in accordance with Part 3.

Special Rules — Convention Ships

Marginal note:No damage in Canadian territory or Canadian waters

 No action may be commenced in a court in Canada in relation to an occurrence that gives rise to liability of an owner of a Convention ship in respect of matters referred to in subsection 51(1) if

  • (a) the occurrence does not result in oil pollution damage on the territory of Canada, in Canadian waters or in the exclusive economic zone of Canada; and

  • (b) no costs, expenses, loss or damage described in paragraph 51(1)(b) or (c) are incurred in respect of actual or anticipated oil pollution damage in any of the areas described in paragraph (a).

Marginal note:Remedies exclusive
  •  (1) The owner of a Convention ship is not liable for the matters referred to in subsection 51(1) otherwise than as provided by this Part.

  • Marginal note:Servants, etc., not liable

    (2) Subject to subsection 51(4), none of the following persons is liable for the matters referred to in subsection 51(1) unless the actual or anticipated oil pollution damage resulted from a personal act or omission of theirs that was committed with intent to cause the damage or was committed recklessly and with knowledge that the damage would probably result:

    • (a) a servant or an agent of the owner of a Convention ship or one of its crew members;

    • (b) the pilot of a Convention ship or any other person who, without being a member of the crew, performs services for the Convention ship;

    • (c) a charterer, a manager or an operator of a Convention ship;

    • (d) any person using a Convention ship to perform salvage operations with the consent of the owner or on the instructions of a competent public authority;

    • (e) a person taking measures to prevent oil pollution damage from a Convention ship; or

    • (f) a servant or an agent of a person referred to in any of paragraphs (c) to (e).

  • Marginal note:Owners jointly and severally liable

    (3) If two or more owners of Convention ships are liable for costs, expenses, loss or damage referred to in subsection 51(1), the owners of all those ships are jointly and severally liable, to the extent that the costs, expenses, loss or damage are not reasonably separable.

Marginal note:Shipowner’s fund
  •  (1) The owner of a Convention ship is not entitled to limitation of liability under subsection 54(1) unless the owner constitutes a fund, in this section referred to as the “shipowner’s fund”, in an amount equal to the limit of the owner’s liability under that subsection.

  • Marginal note:Manner in which fund to be constituted

    (2) A shipowner’s fund may be constituted by the owner of a ship

    • (a) making a payment into court of the amount described in subsection (1); or

    • (b) filing with the court a guarantee or other security satisfactory to the court.

  • Marginal note:Distribution of fund

    (3) A shipowner’s fund shall be distributed among claimants in proportion to the amount of their established claims as determined by the court.

  • Marginal note:Subrogation

    (4) If, before the distribution of a shipowner’s fund, the owner of the Convention ship, or anyone on behalf of the owner, pays compensation in respect of any matters referred to in subsection 51(1) as a result of the occurrence in question, the person who pays the compensation is subrogated to the rights that the person compensated would have had under this Part.

  • Marginal note:Postponing distribution

    (5) If the owner of a Convention ship, or a person who pays compensation on behalf of the owner, satisfies the court that, because of a claim that might later be established before a court of a state other than Canada that is not a party to the Civil Liability Convention,

    • (a) they may be compelled to pay compensation mentioned in subsection (4) after the distribution of the shipowner’s fund, and

    • (b) they would enjoy a right of subrogation under subsection (4) if the compensation were paid before the distribution of the shipowner’s fund,

    the court may postpone the distribution of the portion of the shipowner’s fund that it considers appropriate, having regard to the possibility that such a claim might be established.

Marginal note:Duplication of actions barred

 If the owner of a Convention ship has constituted a shipowner’s fund under section 58 with a court of a state other than Canada that is a party to the Civil Liability Convention, no action may be commenced or continued in any court in Canada in relation to the same occurrence in respect of matters referred to in subsection 51(1).

Marginal note:Certificate attesting to financial responsibility
  •  (1) A Convention ship carrying, in bulk as cargo, more than 2,000 metric tons of crude oil, fuel oil, heavy diesel oil, lubricating oil or any other persistent hydrocarbon mineral oil shall not

    • (a) enter or leave a port in Canadian waters or in the exclusive economic zone of Canada or arrive at or leave an offshore terminal in Canadian waters or in the exclusive economic zone of Canada, or

    • (b) if the ship is registered in Canada, enter or leave a port in any other state, whether or not the state is a party to the Civil Liability Convention, or arrive at or leave an offshore terminal

      • (i) in the territorial sea or internal waters of any such state, or

      • (ii) in the exclusive economic zone of any such state or, if the state has not established an exclusive economic zone, in an area beyond and adjacent to the territorial sea of the state, and extending not more than 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of its territorial sea is measured

    unless a certificate described in Article VII of the Civil Liability Convention and subsection 61(1) has been issued in respect of the ship, showing that a contract of insurance or other security satisfying the requirements of that Article is in force in respect of the ship.

  • Marginal note:Government-owned ship

    (2) In relation to a Convention ship owned by a state that is a party to the Civil Liability Convention and being used for commercial purposes, it is a sufficient compliance with subsection (1) if there is in force a certificate issued by the government of the state showing that the ship is owned by that state and that any liability for pollution damage as defined in Article I of that Convention will be met up to the limit stipulated in Article V of that Convention.

  • Marginal note:Certificate to be carried on board

    (3) A certificate referred to in subsection (1) or (2) must be carried on board the Convention ship to which it relates.

  • Marginal note:Certificate to be produced on demand

    (4) The master of a Convention ship or any other person on board shall produce the certificate or give details of it at the request of any authorized officer of the Government of Canada.

 
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