Canadian court fined operator of Clipper Adventurer with pollution costs for Nunavut grounding in 2010

Clipper Adventurer agroundCanadian court found guilty the owners and operators of m/v Clipper Adventurer for grounding and pollution at large rock shelf near Nunavut in August 2010. The owner of the cruise ship was ordered to pay all the pollution and water cleansing coasts, as well as cover the indirect costs of the local fisheries. The Federal Court of Canada found guilty the vessel’s crew for leaving the market shipping line, which nonchalant attitude put the lives of close to 200 souls at risk, causing environment pollution. the court judged the company to pay the federal government 445,361.64 USD plus interest dating to September 2010.

The shipowner had protested and filled 13.5 million collar claim against Canada for the costs of repairs and loss of business, because the crew of m/v Clipper Adventurer was not informed about the hazard, blaming that local Department of Fisheries and Oceans for failing to inform them about the underwater rock shelf.

“The shortcoming lies with the ship. The Coast Guard station MCTS was under no duty to take the initiative to warn the Clipper Adventurer of the presence of the shoal”, said Justice Sean Harrington of the Federal Court of Canada. “It did not know which route would be taken. It may have been different if the Clipper Adventurer had asked for but was given misinformation”, added he.

The court judgment stated that other examples of mismanagement, such as inattention to a 2007 Notice to Shipping about the shoal and similar navigation warnings—and the lack of updates to important navigation charts.

MV Clipper Adventurer (IMO: 7391422), which is now renamed to Sea Adventurer, is an ice-capable expedition cruise ship operating commercial voyages to both polar regions. The vessel has length of 100.00 m, moulded beam of 16.00 m and maximum draft of 4.60 m. The deadweight of the ship is 1,465 DWT and the gross tonnage is 4,376 GRT. The vessel has capacity for 122 passengers and 72 crew.