Draft Report of the HNS Correspondence Group

François MarierDear Members of the Correspondence Group,

Please find here the draft report for submission to the 104th session of the Legal Committee. Please note that the presentation will be inserted at Annex 2.

I apologize for sending this to you so late, however the deadline for submitting the report is Tuesday, January 24th. Should you have any comments on the document, please provide them to me by Monday, January 23rd.

Best regards,

 

François Marier

HNS Incident Scenarios Presentation

FrancoisDear Members of the Correspondence Group,

The first item in the mandate of the Correspondence Group is to develop a presentation for the consideration of the Legal Committee based on the outline that was presented at the Committee’s last session.

Following consultations with the IMO and IOPC Funds Secretariats, ITOPF and the IG of P&I, a draft has been developed and is available at this link: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/61044109/MASTER_HNS%20Convention%20Scenarios_Draft%208_23122016.pptx

Due to the presentation’s size, we have made it available on Dropbox but it will be compressed in time for inclusion in the Correspondence Group’s report.

I would ask that you provide me any views by January 13 at the latest. I apologize for the short timelines but it took a long time to get the presentation ready for distribution. The deadline for submitting the Correspondence Group’s report is January 24 and thus I hope to complete the substantial work before finalizing the report.

Regards,

François Marier

Draft Resolution on the HNS Protocol

François MarierDear Members of the Correspondence Group,

Thank you to those who replied and provided comments.

Specifically, I would like to thank Ms. Olsen of Denmark for her revisions in the text of the Resolution and there was support for those modifications to the Resolution. This includes removing what was the second operative paragraph as it was repetitive and not to single out certain states.  Please provide any further comments on the revised draft Resolution by January 11.

François Marier

 

Programme for HNS Workshop

Francois

 

Dear Members of the Correspondence Group,

Thank you again to all those who provided me with comments and suggestions. These were very helpful in developing a draft programme.

Some of the key points that should guide the workshop are as follows:

  • it be useful for participants and practical information on the national implementation and collection of HNS reports;
  • the speakers and panelists be those experts directly involved in the national implementation  with the bulk of the workshop spent on this issue;
  • the industry have an opportunity to provide views as well as key information such as an actual case study of a past HNS incident from the claims perspective;
  • there be an interactive portion of the workshop;
  • it be scheduled back-to-back with another relevant international meeting where those experts would likely attend; and
  • one day was likely sufficient time.

In light of this, I have developed a draft programme for the workshop for your consideration. With the overwhelming preference being that it be held in conjunction with another international meeting, given that the Legal Committee would be considering this in April 2017, the earliest opportunity would be the same week as the IOPC Funds meeting the week of October 23, 2017. I have confirmed with the IOPC Funds that the intent is for those meetings to run for four days, thus the workshop could take place on the Friday of that week.

I would ask that you please provide any views on the draft programme by December 9 at the latest.

Best regards,

François Marier

Programme for HNS Workshop

François MarierDear Members of the Correspondence Group,

I had provided you an update in August indicating that we would try an circulate a draft of the HNS Incident Scenarios draft presentation by the end of September. However, that will not be possible and further work is needed on the presentation before we can circulate it. We will aim to do so by the end of October.

In the meantime, I would like to seek your views and input on the third item in the Correspondence Group’s mandate, which is to develop a draft programme for a workshop for consideration by the Legal Committee.

As a starting point, I would point you to two documents that have previously been submitted to the Legal Committee:

  1. Document LEG 102/3/2 which reports on a workshop held in October 2014 in Rome, Italy (see Annex 1 of document)
  2. Document LEG 103/3/3 which reports on a workshop held in March 2016 in Montreal, Canada (see Annex 1 of document).

It is my view that a two day workshop would be most ideal for participants in order to get the information needed and make it worthwhile attending.

Thus, I would ask, if you could provide me with any views on:

  • Length and format of the workshop
  • Topics and issues to be covered in the sessions
  • Suggestions for presenters and panelists

Please provide me these views by October 28, 2016.

Best regards.

François Marier

HNS Correspondence Group Update

François MarierDear Members of the HNS Correspondence Group,

As you are no doubt aware by now, the IMO Legal Committee, at its 103rd session in June, extended the Correspondence Group’s mandate until it’s next session, currently scheduled for April 2017. However, the mandate of the Correspondence Group has been limited to the following three items:

The terms of reference for the HNS Correspondence Group are as follows:

 

  1. to develop three specific items:
  • presentation on HNS Incident Scenarios (PowerPoint) for approval by the Committee;
  • draft resolution on implementation and entry into force of the 2010 HNS Protocol; and
  • programme for a workshop for consideration by the Committee.
  1. to report to the 104th session of the Legal Committee.

Work on the first item, the HNS Incident Scenarios is well underway and will be in line with the outline that was approved by the Legal Committee and presented in document LEG103/3/2.

It is expected that a draft PowerPoint presentation will be ready for circulation within the Correspondence Group by the end of September. I also expect to be able to advance drafts of the other two items before the end of the 2016 calendar year. We will also continue to the HNS Blog as part of our communications.

Thank you again for your continued interest on the HNS Convention and I look forward to working with you.

Best regards,

François Marier

Draft Resolution on the HNS Convention

François MarierDear members of the Correspondence Group,

I am pleased to circulate a draft paper and resolution for your consideration that is intended to be submitted for the upcoming meeting of the IMO Legal Committee in June. This resolution is part of the mandate of the Correspondence Group and strongly urges key states to take the steps necessary to implement the HNS Convention domestically and to collaborate in bringing it into force. It suggests a realistic timeframe to get the much needed critical mass.

This draft resolution is also complimentary to the draft decision current before the European Parliament.

I would ask you to please kindly review the resolution and its accompanying paper and provide any comments to me by April 22nd. Given the nature of the resolution, it would be important to have key states co-sponsor the paper. An indication of this is also due on April 22nd. The deadline for submitting it to the IMO is April 26th.

Best regards,

François Marier

Draft Report of the HNS Correspondence Group and HNS Incident Scenarios Outline

François MarierDear Members of the HNS Correspondence Group,

Please find below two draft documents for submission to the upcoming meeting of the IMO Legal Committee in June.

1) A draft report of the HNS Correspondence Group
2) The revised outline of the HNS Incident Scenarios

Both documents are under six pages, therefore have a deadline of April 26th for submission to the IMO. You will note that the report of the CG refers to the separate HNS Incident Scenario document, a similar approach, which was used at the last Legal Committee meeting with regards the brochure, which needed more time to complete. The same is true of the HNS Incident Scenarios and the request is for the Legal Committee to agree with the general outline of the presentation, as revised through the feedback I have received this far on the draft sent to you at the beginning of March.

The report of the Correspondence Group also refers to another separate document with regards the draft resolution to be considered by the Legal Committee. This document will be sent to you very soon and given its nature, co-sponsorship for that document will be sought.

Should you have any comments on either document, please provide them to me no later than April 22nd.

Best regards,

Francois Marier
Coordinator
HNS Correspondence Group

HNS Incident Scenarios – A draft outline

François Marier

 

Dear Members of the Correspondence Group,

You will recall that as part of the Correspondence Group’s mandate is to develop HNS Incident Scenarios. The intent with these scenarios was to complement the HNS Brochure recently completed by the Correspondence Group in a PowerPoint presentation form.

A draft outline of the presentation is available to view here. It would include:

  • important information on the HNS Convention;
  • three hypothetical HNS incident scenarios; and,
  • comparison with LLMC 1996.

I would invite you to review the outline and provide any views by March 29 at the latest. The outline will allow the further development of a presentation that will be shared with the Correspondence Group and presented at the upcoming meeting of the Legal Committee in June.

Regards,

François Marier