Information for Prospective Members
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What is the purpose of OPOL?
OPOL is a reflection of the responsible attitude of the offshore
oil industry to ensure that harm is not caused by its operations,
and demonstrates that the industry can properly organise its
affairs so that if oil pollution should be caused from offshore
facilities, valid claims will be met in accordance with the conditions
and within the limits set out.
OPOL provides a mechanism for the settlement of such claims
expeditiously and without disputes. It ensures that funds are
available to meet claims, both through the requirement to show
evidence of financial responsibility and by reason of the obligation
on parties to contribute to claims due from a party that fails
to meet its obligations.
Who may be parties to OPOL?
OPOL is structured so that only the operator, or intending
operator, under a licence may be a party. In the case of a joint
venture, the operator assumes the obligations under OPOL for
all other participants.
The continuous certification procedure in place
for prospective and existing members is set out in the Continuous Certification Programme Flowchart
and the forms for use are available in the
Forms section of the website.
How is application made to become a party to OPOL?
An operator or intending operator wishing to become a party
may submit an Application to the Association on Form A.