The Government of Myanmar has deposited with the ILO the instrument of ratification of the Seafarers’ Identity Documents Convention (Revised), 2003 No. 185, as amended, becoming the 35th ILO member State to ratify the Convention. The amended version of the Convention entered into force on 8 June 2017.
Under the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, the registered owner of a vessel is required to maintain compulsory insurance cover, and there is also the requirement for ‘direct action’ – which allows a claim for compensation for pollution damage to be brought directly against an insurer.
IMO announced the signing of a cooperation agreement with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, to support an environmental project in Southeast Asia that aims to help seven countries to protect the marine environment from shipping operations.
The Indian government has drafted legislation to ratify the IMO’s Hong Kong Convention on safe ship-recycling, Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari was quoted as saying. The Convention will enter into force 24 months after it is ratified by 15 States. At the moment, only six states have acceded.
The International Chamber of Shipping and the Comité Maritime International have released an updated brochure about the importance of governments ratifying international maritime conventions, especially those adopted by the UN IMO.
IMO announced that Jamaica and Malta have become the latest states to sign up to Ballast Water Management Convention, the international treaty that entered into force a few days ago and requires ships to manage their ballast water to help stop the spread of invasive aquatic species across the globe.
The number of states signed up to IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention has reached 61, with Honduras being the latest country acceding to the treaty, on 10 July, according to IMO. The signatories now represent 68.46 % of the world’s merchant fleet tonnage.
Thailand has become the latest state to accede to the international conventions on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage and the Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage, IMO announced.
IMO informed that Ukraine has ratified two important treaties, that help to protect the marine environment, the International Convention on Salvage and the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships.
The Government of Australia announced that the country ratified the International Ballast Water Convention, to meet environmental compliance with global shipping standards. In total, 55 states have ratified the convention, with most recent the Saudi Arabia in May and New Zealand in January.
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