The costs of responding to ship-sourced oil spills in Australian waters are met by those responsible for the spill through various domestic and international arrangements.

This calculator displays the limit of liability for oil pollution damage by oil carrying ships under the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage 1992 (CLC92) and the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage 2001 (Bunkers Convention). For oil tankers, the calculator also provides an estimate in Australian dollars of the maximum compensation potentially available through the International Oil Pollution Compensation (IOPC) Funds - the 1992 Fund and the Supplementary Fund.

Under Australian law, the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims 1976 as amended by the protocol of 1996 (LLMC96) defines the shipowner's limit of liability under the Bunkers Convention. The calculator uses the limits in force under Australian law from 8 June 2015.

Step 1: Select your vessel type:
Oil Tanker (CLC92 and Bunkers Convention)
Non-Oil Tanker (Bunkers Convention)

Step 2: Enter the Gross Tonnage (GT) of the vessel: (Positive integer maximum 6 digits)

Step 3: For Australian users’ convenience, the calculator provides an estimate of the value in Australian dollars (AUD). The calculator uses the current conversion XDR/AUD rate from the Reserve Bank of Australia applying the exchange rate of the day when the calculator was used. Please note that the exchange rate actually applicable to a particular incident will be the exchange rate on the day that a shipowner constitutes a limitation fund, makes payment or gives security under Australian law.


The shipowners's limit of liability for oil pollution damage calculates as:

NOTE: The current XDR to AUD exchange rate is not currently available, amounts are in XDR

DISCLAIMER: This calculator is a guide only and does not constitute the provision of professional or legal advice. It is provided for reference purposes only. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority, its agents, instrumentalities, officers and employees do not guarantee, and accept no legal liability whatsoever arising from or connected to, the accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness of any material contained in or outcome of the calculator. Users should seek appropriate independent professional advice prior to relying on, or entering into any commitment based on material in or outcomes of the calculator.

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