South Africa has become the latest country to accede to a key compensation treaty covering the transport of hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) by ship. The treaty has now been ratified by five States (Canada, Denmark, Norway, South Africa and Turkey). The total quantity of contributing cargo has reached 9.8 million tonnes.
The UK MCA published a Merchant Shipping Notice regarding the transport of dangerous goods and marine pollutants in packaged form by sea on ships within UK waters and on UK ships. The amendment 39-18 to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code will enter into force globally on 1 January 2019, with a twelve month “transitional period” until 31 December 2019.
IMO’s Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC5), held on 10-14 September 2018, addressed safety issues related to dangerous cargo. Among the highlights was that it agreed amendments to IGF and IMSBC Code, as well as draft interim guidelines for the safety of ships powered by methanol.
On the occasion of Denmark’s ratification of the 2010 HNS Convention earlier this week, ECSA welcomed the move, noting however that the International liability and compensation regime covering pollution damage caused by ships needs to be swiftly ratified by all Member States.
Denmark has officially become the fourth state to accede to the global regime on compensation for damage caused by the carriage by sea of hazardous and noxious substances of the 2010 HNS convention. The Danish minister of business has requested the DMA to enforce the rules of the convention in Denmark.
With the growing size of container vessels, misdeclaration of cargo together with insufficient firefighting capabilities are currently two of the main challenges related to container ship safety.
Denmark presented its plan to ratify the 2010 International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea. The Convention aims to provide compensation for costs, including clean-up and restoring the environment in case of an incident involving HNS cargoes.
IAPH welcomed the announcement made at the IMO Legal Committee that Canada and Turkey ratified the 2010 IMO Convention on Hazardous and Noxious Substances. IAPH believes that this is a significant development in financial compensation and liability regime for maritime accidents involving hazardous and noxious cargoes.
On 23 April, Canada and Turkey both ratified the 2010 HNS Protocol, joining Norway as the first three States to lead the way towards entry into force of the 2010 International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea.
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