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Marine Liability Act

Version of section 30 from 2003-01-01 to 2009-09-20:

Marginal note:Limitation of liability

  •  (1) The maximum liability of an owner of a dock, canal or port, for a claim that arises on any distinct occasion for loss caused to a ship, or to any cargo or other property on board a ship, is the greater of

    • (a) $2,000,000, and

    • (b) the amount calculated by multiplying $1,000 by the number of tons of the gross tonnage of the largest ship that is at the time of the loss, or had been within a period of five years before that time, within the area of the dock, canal or port over which the owner had control or management.

  • Marginal note:Calculation of tonnage

    (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), a ship’s gross tonnage shall be calculated in the manner described in subsection 28(2).

  • Marginal note:Application

    (3) The maximum liability specified in subsection (1) also applies to any person for whose act or omission the owner is responsible.

  • Marginal note:Conduct barring limitation

    (4) This section does not apply to an owner, or a person for whose act or omission the owner is responsible, if it is proved that the loss resulted from the personal act or omission of that owner or that person, as the case may be, committed with intent to cause the loss or recklessly and with knowledge that the loss would probably result.

  • Marginal note:Meaning of terms

    (5) For the purposes of this section,

    • (a) “dock” includes wet docks and basins, tidal-docks and basins, locks, cuts, entrances, dry docks, graving docks, gridirons, slips, quays, wharfs, piers, stages, landing places, jetties and synchrolifts; and

    • (b) “owner of a dock, canal or port” includes any person or authority having the control or management of the dock, canal or port and any ship repairer using the dock, canal or port.

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