Costs related to oil spills can be extraordinary. Excluding the damage to the environment and to the vessel alone, a responsible party may incur containment costs, clean-up costs, cost of repairing public infrastructures, and fines and fees for causing the spill. Additionally, the owner of the spilling vessel also risks liability for lost profits to other businesses in the surrounding areas, including those that can no longer fish in the affected area. ...
On September 8, 2019, the M/V Savage Voyager (the Vessel) was pushing two tank barges laden with oil along the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (the Waterway) when it approached the James Whitten Lock, which was operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps). Due to the alleged negligence of the Army Corps, one of the Vessel’s oil-containing tanks was punctured, causing an oil spill.
Savage Servs. Corp. v. United States, 25 F.4th 925, 927 (11th Cir. 2022).
"Waiving Goodbye to Oil Spill Claims Against the United States: The Eleventh Circuit Creates a Narrow Exception to the Sovereign Immunity Waiver in the Suits in Admiralty Act of 1920,"
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