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Norway plans to ratify Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention

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 ratifies Bunker Convention and Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention

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 accedes to Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention

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.

Guyana ratifies treaties for safe and clean shipping

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.

Canada allocates funds to remove abandoned boats from its coastlines

Abandoned boats are an increasing problem across Canada. In order to solve this problem the Government of Canada announced funding through its Abandoned Boats Program. This $6.85 million program provides funding to support the assessment, removal and disposal of abandoned boats from communities across Canada.

Canada funds removal of abandoned boats

Canada’s Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, announced the recipients of funding of more than $1.3 million through two programs aiming to remove abandoned boats from Canadian coastlines, under the Oceans Protection Plan, a $1.5 billion investment initiative aiming to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways.

Canada introduces Act against wrecked, abandoned vessels

Marking one-year anniversary of Canada’s $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada announced introduction of the Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act in Parliament to strengthen owner responsibility and liability for their vessels, including costs for clean-up and removal.

Wreck removal treaty effective in September for Singapore

Singapore has ratified the Wreck Removal Convention which will enter into force in the country on 8 September 2017, according to MPA Singapore. All Singapore-registered ships over 300 GT are required to carry on board a WRC State certificate, to attest that insurance or other financial security to cover liability for wrecks is in place.

Croatia ratifies wreck removal treaty

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.

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ratifies Wreck Removal treaty

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.

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