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.
IMO will continue promoting ratification of the international treaty covering wreck removal, at the 10th Maritime Salvage & Casualty Response Conference in London, this week (11-12 September). The Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention has been in force since 2015 and currently has 47 contracting States, representing 73% of world gross tonnage.
Saudi Arabia has acceded to two IMO treaties – the 1988 Protocol to the International Convention on Load Lines and the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks. A delegation from Saudi Arabia deposited the instruments during the 122nd meeting of the IMO Council in London this week.
The Norwegian Parliament decided that Norway should ratify the Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention and that the Convention must be given effect not only in Norway’s exclusive economic zone, but also in its territorial waters. The Norwegian Parliament also adopted legislation to implement the Wreck Removal Convention into Norwegian law once ratified.
Japan has approved ratification of the ‘International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001’ and the ‘Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007’. Japan also amended the ‘Act on Liability for Oil Pollution Damage’ (the Act) in order to reflect the provisions of the two conventions. The amended Act will apply by March 2020.
Canada has become the 44th State to accede to the IMO’s Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention, which covers the legal basis for States to remove, or have removed, shipwrecks, drifting ships, objects from ships at sea, and floating offshore installations.
IMO informed that the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks has been ratified by Croatia, bringing the total number of States to accede to the treaty to 37. The treaty, which entered into force in 2015, provides the legal basis for States to remove shipwrecks that may threaten the safety of lives or the marine environment.
IMO announced that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is the 35th country to ratify the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks. The Convention, which entered into force in 2015, provides the legal basis for States to remove, or have removed, shipwrecks that may threaten the safety of lives, goods and property at sea, as well as the marine environment.
Time has come for most shipowners to apply for renewal of their CLC, Bunker, Athens and Wreck Removal Certificates. Certificates must be renewed when the underlying insurance expires, reminds the Danish Maritime Authority.
Finland has become the 32nd State to ratify IMO’s Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks which provides the legal basis for States to remove, or have removed, shipwrecks that may threaten the marine life and environment.
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