The Offshore Pollution Liability Association Ltd


The Rules

The OPOL Rules are available below.
Guidance about the Forms to use is provided in the Forms section of this web site.

At the OPOL general meeting on 1 December 2015, the OPOL members adopted the following changes to the OPOL Agreement and the OPOL Rules:

Effective 1 January 2016

  • The definition of "Operator" in the OPOL Agreement has been amended to clarify that sub-contracting or outsourcing the operation of an Offshore Facility will not result in a Person ceasing to be the "Operator" for the purposes of OPOL; and

  • Members in the same group of companies may satisfy their financial responsibilities ('FR') under OPOL by providing evidence of FR on an aggregate basis under a group policy, in the amount of not less than US$250 million for any one incident and US$500 million in the annual aggregate for the member group companies. OPOL will have the right after an incident to require that the relevant member (whether or not part of a group) re-establish the annual aggregate limit of US$500 million in order to ensure ongoing compliance with OPOL. New forms FR-1G and FR-2G will have to be completed for group policies. There is also a new Form FR-3G for verification of guarantee where a single guarantor is providing FR for multiple OPOL members.

Effective 1 April 2016

A definition of "Permanently Abandoned" is included in the OPOL Agreement and the OPOL Rules and the OPOL Agreement and the OPOL Rules do not apply to any "Permanently Abandoned" well or any permanently abandoned installation or pipeline.

Please download/print the complete OPOL Rules in PDF format by clicking on the relevant icon:

The OPOL Rules effective from 1 April 2016


The following is an outline of what will be found in the full PDF document for the OPOL Rules

All the Forms that are available individually in the Forms section, are also included at the end of this PDF.

RULES OF THE OFFSHORE POLLUTION LIABILITY ASSOCIATION LIMITED

Part I

Definitions
Parties to OPOL

Part II

 

2.1

Application to become a Party

 

2.2

Evidence of Financial Responsibility

 

2.3

Consideration of an Application to become a Party

 

2.4

Appeal against the Association’s Decision

 

2.5

Maintenance of Evidence of Financial Responsibility

Part III

Notification by the Association

 

3.1

Notification by the Association to States

Part IV

Notification of Incident and Claims Procedure

 

4.1

Notification of Incident by Members

 

4.2

Filing of Claims

 

4.3

Claims under Clause III.2 of OPOL

Part V

Arbitration

 

5.1

Arbitration

Part VI

Law

 

6.1

Law

Part VII

Third Parties

 

7.1

Third Parties

Appendix to Rules - Offshore Facilities to which OPOL is applicable.

All Forms