How to Handle an Oil Spill

Oil spills can be devastating to the environment around them. An oil spill can also result in heavy fines and penalties for any vessel that creates one. Here is what you need to do in case of an oil spill.

Contact the Coastal Authority

If any oil spills overboard, you need to contact the coastal authority as soon as possible. You should take any measures possible to limit the spill in the water. You can use oil booms or other items to try to keep oil from going overboard. You should contact an oil spill response and management team within 24 hours of the spill.

Rely on Your Insurance Company

When there is a spill, the speed at which you act is the most important. If you have an insurance policy that provides you access to a crisis management team, then you need to have immediate access to them. Oil spills can be complicated and daunting. You should be able to rely on your insurance carrier to stand next to you and help you through the crisis.


Spills can happen anywhere and at anytime. While the best way to handle oil spills is through prevention, you do need a plan in place to manage a spill if it happens. Some insurance coverages will help you during a spill.