Brian Ford and other boaties are doubtful they will receive full compensation after the January oil spill.
Brian Ford and other boaties are doubtful they will receive full compensation after the January oil spill.

Boaties concerned at payout after spill



BAD luck brought Len Mountney to Gladstone marina and the oil spill ensured his luck continued.

Mr Mountney is one of many boaties who remain concerned they will not be compensated after the oil spill three weeks ago damaged their boats.

'I had to come in to get two new house batteries,' Mr Mountney said.

'Otherwise we would have been out when the spill hit.'

The anti-fouling system, which protects against barnacles, was the main damage on boats in the marina.

The anti-fouling absorbed the oil and as another boatie explained, 'it eats into your paint'.

Compensation claims are still being taken and processed but repairs are being made.

Over the past two weeks cleaners, contracted to assessors for the insurance companies involved, have been removing the oil on the boats.

But Mr Mountney said the cleaning had removed the anti-fouling and it needed to replaced ? something he and others didn't believe would happen.

'The idea would be to get it off the boat before anyone else sees it,' Len said.

'By the time we get a buildup of barnacles it'll be six months ? it'll be too late. I will have to fork out.' ' Darren Simmonds, an assessor for the insurance companies, said despite claims in the media this week, the claim office at the marina had been open during office hours from January 29, the weekend after the oil spill.

He said when the office wasn't attended, there was a mobile number in service.

A cleaning crew of four people, had been working on the boats for about two weeks.

The cleaners had so far cleaned about 60 boats.

Mr Simmonds said divers had also been contracted when necessary for boats that were harder to clean.

Mr Simmonds said 70 claims had been received so far and he expected a few more to trickle in the coming days.

The assessors expected to remain in Gladstone for at least another two weeks.

'We'll be here until the job is done,' Mr Simmonds said.



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