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.
Guyana ratified two key IMO measures aimed to preserve bio-diversity: the Ballast Water Management Convention and another on use of harmful anti-fouling systems on ships hulls. It also ratified others regarding unlawful acts against the safety of navigation and removing wrecks from the seabed. In addition, it signed four instruments covering liability and compensation.
A ship wreck can be a barrier to navigation. It is a possibility that other vessels and crew can face dangerous situations ,depending on the nature of the cargo and remaining fuel on board, a wreck may also cause damage to marine environments and other coastal interests.
USCG and other state agencies have partnered under the Emergency Support Function #10, to assist North Carolina in the assessment and removal of vessels damaged by Hurricane Florence from local waterways. The partner agencies have specific guidance for owners who wish to remove these boats.
The Standard P&I Club announced that UK is the latest state to sign the International Group large casualty Memorandum of Understanding, regarding the response to major maritime casualties and incidents. The MoU was developed following the review undertaken in 2012 of major maritime casualties involving removal of wreck operations.
The Maritime Authority of Cayman Islands has issued an updated guidance in order to give notice to the owners of Cayman Islands ships, and ships visiting Cayman Islands waters, of the requirements and obligations imposed under the Convention and to give details of the process the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands will be following for issuing the certificates required under the Convention.
Nairobi International Convention to come into force on April 14, 2015
India set to ratify Nairobi International Convention on removal of wrecks
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