On 1st July 2020, Japan deposited its instruments of accession to the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001, and the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007.
The average lifespan of a ship is 25-30 years. After this span, the ship may become too expensive to operate, but most importantly, to become unseaworthy putting human safety at risk. So, have you ever wondered what happens to a ship when it is too old to sail?
The Danish Maritime Authority informed that it is time to renew the CLC, bunkers, Athens and wreck removal certificates. Namely, insurance certificates must be renewed once a year when the underlying insurance expires. Certified vessels shall not enter into service without a valid certificate.
Norway began the wreck removal of the cargo vessel M/S Osfjord that grounded off Norway a year ago. The vessel was successfully removed, as the wreck removal process was divided in three steps to achieve full efficiency.
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.
Canada’s coastal and waterway communities are affected by wrecked, abandoned and hazardous vessels. Given that this problem affects the environment, the public health and safety, and local industries, – fishing and tourism – and that there’s a small part of irresponsible vessel owners, the Government’s Ocean Protection Plan takes action to mitigate irresponsible vessel owner behaviour.
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.
Partners launched a remediation program in protection of island ecosystems from damage caused by oil pollution from World War II wrecks sunk in the Pacific Ocean in Newcastle Harbour. The ones participating in the project are Major Projects Foundation, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the University of Newcastle.
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.
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