Oil Pollution of the Sea (Civil Liability and Compensation) Act, 1988

Limitation on proceedings against third parties.

15.—Where, as a result of a discharge of oil from a ship, the owner of the ship is liable under section 7 for pollution damage and any other person incurs a liability, otherwise than under that section, for such damage, then if—

(a) the owner of the ship has been found in any proceedings under section 12 to be entitled to limit his liability to a particular amount and has paid into court a sum of not less than that amount, and

(b) such other person is entitled to limit his liability in connection with the ship by virtue of the Merchant Shipping Acts, 1894 to 1983,

proceedings shall not be taken against such other person in respect of his liability and, if any such proceedings were commenced before such owner paid the amount determined to be the limit of his liability into court, no further step shall be taken in the proceedings except in relation to costs.