Although ships have been polluting the seas for hundreds of years, it is only in the last 50 years that liability for pollution – as well as the regulations to prevent, and to be prepared for pollution incidents, has developed: the catalyst being the Torrey Canyon oil spill off Lands End, England in 1967.

At North we understand that, even though the development of international pollution legislation is likely to have resulted in the recent downward trend in oil spills, ships are getting bigger – meaning that the potential impact of a spill is now greater. Today, with the rise of social media and advancements in technology, if there is an incident it can be immediately broadcast to the world.

Our focus is on: prevention; preparedness and response; and compensation. We strive to ensure our Members’ comply with their legal obligations to protect the environment.

Our Pollution Insights area allows us to share the information we receive, as well as our claims handling experiences. This is through the production of bulletins and articles, alongside news from our global network of correspondents and legal contacts on the latest issues.

For more information, please contact our Pollution Enquiry Group: pollutionenquirygroup@nepia.com