Seventh Maritime Salvage and Casualty Response Conference Held in London

Thursday / September 8, 2016


The IMO treaty covering wreck removal was on the agenda at the 7th Maritime Salvage and Casualty Response Conference in London. IMO’s Jan de Boer gave an insight into the Organization’s Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention, which provides the legal basis for States to remove, or have removed, shipwrecks that may threaten the safety of navigation, the marine environment as well as the coastline or related interests.

The treaty also provides uniform international rules for the prompt and effective removal of wrecks located beyond territorial seas, and optional application of the rules in countries’ territories, including territorial seas.

Speaking at a special session on factors affecting the overall insurance market and concerns for shipowners, Mr. De Boer also gave an overview of the strict shipowner liability for the costs of locating, marking and removal of hazardous wrecks and compulsory insurance to cover liability under the Convention.

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