275 - 12/02 - Increased Pollution Fines - Australia
The Government has introduced the doctrine of public trust of the environment (as per the US), and therefore, if environmental damage is caused, high-end fines will be sought by the prosecuting Port Corporations and imposed by the Courts.
All Members are advised that prompt and co-ordinated action is needed as soon as possible following an oil spill, therefore relevant emergency oil spill procedures should be made.
Source of Information:
Ebsworth & Ebsworth Lawyers
15 king Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
Bulletin 275 (26 KB)
Source UK P&I