A new edition of the IOPC Funds’ brochure on the International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea (2010 HNS Convention) is now available
IOPC Funds brochure on the 2010 HNS Convention summarises what Hazardous and Noxious Substances are and how the Convention works, including the damage covered, the financing of the HNS Fund, the reporting requirements and the requirements for entry into force.
The 2010 HNS Convention aims to ensure adequate, prompt and effective compensation for damage to persons and property, costs of clean up and reinstatement measures and economic losses resulting from the maritime transport of hazardous and noxious substances.
The HNS Convention covers damage in the territory or territorial sea of a State Party to the Convention. It also covers pollution damage in the exclusive economic zone, or equivalent area, of a Member State and damage (other than pollution damage) caused by HNS carried on board ships registered in the flag of the Member State outside the territorial sea of any State. The following types of damage will be covered:
- Loss of life or personal injury on board or outside the ship carrying the HNS
- Loss of or damage to property outside the ship
- Economic losses resulting from contamination, e.g. in the fishing, mariculture and tourism sectors
- Costs of preventive measures, e.g. clean-up operations at sea and onshore
- Costs of reasonable measures of reinstatement of the environment
The HNS Convention does not apply to oil pollution damage from tankers, as defined in the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, nor to loss or damage as covered by the Bunkers Convention. Loss or damage caused by radioactive materials is also excluded. Claims under the HNS Convention will be assessed according to criteria that will be established by the Governments of HNS Fund Member States.
Further information on the HNS Convention and the 2010 HNS Protocol can be found at the Brochure