The maritime authorities of the Government of Mexico have agreed to place a high priority on ratifying three important IMO legal conventions, following a workshop in Mexico City. These are the 2003 Fund Protocol, the 2001 Bunkers Convention and the 2007 Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention.
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.
The Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean is hosting a regional workshop on response to potential spill incidents involving hazardous and noxious substances, in Valletta, on 20-21 June. Regional cooperation is an efficient way of preparing for possible spills, IMO noted.
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.
IMO announced that its Legal Committee is expected to consider adopting a resolution to encourage the ratification and implementation of the 2010 HNS Convention, when it meets for its 104th session, on 26-28 April.
Norway set the example by becoming the first country to become a Contracting State to the International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea, 2010 (2010 HNS Convention), meeting certain criteria in relation to tonnage and reporting annually the quantity of HNS cargo received in a State.
IMO, together with the IOPC Funds and theITOPF, is urging its Member States to ratify and implement a key compensation treaty covering the transport of hazardous and noxious substances by ship.
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