Dear Correspondence Group Members,
The aim of this post is to indicate how the revision of the FAL Convention could support the entry into force of the HNS Convention 2010. I also want topropose minor amendments to the FAL Convention in FAL Form 7 Dangerous Goods Manifest. I hope there is still time and space to consider this issue in the Correspondence Group.
The HNS Convention 2010 has yet to come into force. One issue is the reporting of the receipts of HNS goods to calculate contributions to the HNS fund. The challenge is two-fold. Firstly, we need to avoid as much as possible additional administrative burdens and costs for the reporting persons and authorities. Secondly, the authority needs a reliable method for the control of the reporting, since the HNS conventions establishes possible financial responsibility of the States, in case lack of control results in financial losses for the fund.
Thank you to those who responded to my email message.
As you may know, there are now three documents submitted under agenda item #3 at the upcoming Legal Committee meeting. One of these documents is sponsored by Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway (see here). It provides an update to the Legal Committee on the activities that have taken place since its last meeting, namely the holding of the informal meeting last October, the constitution of this informal correspondence group and the creation of the HNS Blog. More importantly, the document proposes to formalize the Correspondence Group with draft terms of reference. It should be noted that these terms of reference are based on those of the former Correspondence Group struck up in 1999. I invite you to consider the proposal made in the paper, which I have attached to this email message. The Legal Committee will also be invited to elect a Coordinator for the Correspondence Group.
Finally, given this proposal before the Legal Committee, it would be important to take advantage of the fact that many of us will be in London that week. Thus, after consulting the IMO Secretariat, the Correspondence Group will meet on Thursday, May 1 at 2:00pm. The location of the meeting will be announced earlier in the week of the Legal Committee. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the future activities of the Correspondence Group and an action plan with short, medium and longer term objectives. An agenda will be prepared and distributed prior to the meeting and please contact me should you have any suggestions to be added to the agenda.
Looking forward to meeting many of you in London.