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  India set to ratify Nairobi International Convention on removal of wrecks

    mardi 6 novembre 2012

Tuesday, 06 November 2012 | 00:00

Registered ship owners should maintain compulsory insurance or other financial security to cover liability under Nairobi International Convention on Removal of Wrecks, 2007. This convention adopted by diplomatic conference held in Kenya in 2007 provides legal basis for States to remove, or have removed, shipwrecks that may have potential to affect adversely safety of lives, goods and property at sea, as well as marine environment.

Indian Government is in advanced stages of ratifying the convention, said Capt PVK Mohan, chairman, National Shipping Board (NSB). Adopted on May 18, 2007, the convention will come into force once majority of the international maritime states ratify it, he told reporters at the end of 120 thNSB meeting here. This will largely address issues of hazards posed to international maritime traffic by wrecks of ships dotting various coastlines, he said.

MM Saggi, nautical advisor to the government of India said The convention will fill a gap in the existing international legal framework by providing the first set of uniform international rules aimed at ensuring the prompt and effective removal of wrecks located beyond the territorial sea. The new convention also includes an optional clause enabling states parties to the convention to apply certain provisions to their territory, including their territorial sea.

International Maritime Organisation (IMO) website observes that although incidence of marine casualties has decreased dramatically in recent years, work of IMO and efforts of governments and industry to enhance safety in shipping operations, number of abandoned wrecks, estimated at almost 1,300 worldwide, has reportedly increased and, as a result, problems they cause to coastal states and shipping in general have, become more acute.

Problem of removal of wreck is accentuated by fact that some vessels have single owners who abscond when the vessel capsizes. The convention will make it mandatory for the insurer to meet the costs in such condition, he said, adding that while the owner(s) may abscond, it is not easy for the insurers, who are established players in the market to do so and will have to meet their obligation in meeting costs towards removal of ship wrecks

Source : TNN

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