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

Limitation on actions against Fund.

22.—(1) Subject to subsection (2), an action shall not be brought against the Fund—

(a) after three years from the date on which the pollution damage occurred unless an action for compensation has already been commenced under this Act against the owner of a ship or his guarantor and the Fund has been notified pursuant to rules of court of the action by any party thereto, or

(b) after six years from the date of the incident which caused the pollution damage: Provided that, where the incident causing the pollution damage consists of a series of occurrences, the period of six years specified in this paragraph shall be deemed to commence on the happening of the first of those occurrences.

(2) The right of the owner of a ship or his guarantor to seek indemnification from the Fund pursuant to section 20 (6) shall not, in any case, be extinguished before the expiry of a period of six months after the date on which such owner or his guarantor first became aware that a claim for damages under this Act was brought against him or them.