Charles Taylor Technical Services launches Pollution Loss Database for Western Canada

The vendor offers data and analysis of aggregated oil field insurance loss data over a 10-year period for four Western provinces of Canada.

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Charles Taylor Technical Services (CTTS, part of Charles Taylor plc, London) has launched a comprehensive Pollution Loss Database of insurance losses related to oil field incidents in Western Canada over a 10-year period.

The firm’s new Pollution Loss Database aggregates data from 220 sudden and accidental oil field pollution-related insurance losses, which are managed by Charles Taylor Adjusting in four provinces in Western Canada. The database compiles information impacting land and waterways for the Canadian provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Alberta, where much of the Canadian O&G industry is centralized, with the largest concentration of pollution losses.

Robert Paxton, VP of Strategy & Performance, Charles Taylor.

“Charles Taylor has been adjusting oil field related pollution losses in the region for more than 20 years, which gives us in-depth insight into environmental risk analysis and insurance loss trends,” comments Calgary, Alberta based Charles Taylor VP of Strategy & Performance, Robert Paxton. “We believe our new Pollution Loss Database is the most comprehensive collection of data of its kind for the region, representing information on the vast majority of insurance losses triggered by accidental incidents reported during the prior 10-year period.”

Charles Taylor says the database is being offered to insurers, brokers, and oil & gas companies on a subscription basis, to be updated with new loss details bi-monthly to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of insurance loss data for the region. The vendor adds that insight from data can assist with improved risk management practices of pipeline and well operations.

Interactive Data Visualization Tools

The database application is provided through dashboards offering interactive data visualization tools to provide at-a-glance summaries of key facts, along with in-depth analysis across myriad search criteria. Access to the database is via a secure portal protected by username and password. There are numerous data points collected per loss, including, year of spill, region, cause, type of loss contaminant, age of line, average inflation-adjusted gross quantum and number of claims, among others.

The Pollution Loss Database harnesses Charles Taylor’s historical data of sector losses to create what Paxton characterizes as a sophisticated data analytics platform.  “We are very excited to launch our new offering, as Charles Taylor has undertaken extensive research making use of historical data and can offer that research to clients in a value-adding format to identify and analyze loss patterns and risk trends,” he adds.

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For nearly two decades, he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at or (503) 936-2803.

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