Month: October 2015

Understanding the HNS Convention Publication


Dear Members of the Correspondence Group,

As per my last post on this item that is part of the Correspondence Group’s mandate, I have worked with the Secretariats of the IMO, IOPC Funds and ITOPF to develop a draft of the publication which can be found here. This was based on the Mock-Up that was last considered by the Correspondence Group during the summer months.

We went through several versions of this publication and looked at it not only from a visual standpoint in terms of the images, colours and layout but also in terms of the text and whether it matched the visual and if it needed revisions to strengthen it and deliver the right message. Needless to say, there have been some changes and that includes the title. We are now proposing a new title that is better reflective of the intent behind this publication. The new proposed title is: The HNS Convention Why it is Needed.

It is intended to be read as a fold out brochure starting with the title page and on the reverse are the first 3 pages with the 2 last pages on the same side as the title page. They are numbered.

Given that it has taken longer to develop this draft to be ready for the Correspondence Group’s consideration, it will not be published in time for next week’s IOPC Funds meeting. Rather, I would ask if you could provide me with your views and comments by November 2nd. We can then work on any revisions and consult the Group again if necessary with the aim of completing the publication by the end of November. Once completed, a number will be printed and it will be made available electronically on several websites.

Following this, there remains two items on the Group’s mandate and once we have completed the publication, the Group will soon be able to consider the HNS Incident Scenarios, which will be developed in a Powerpoint presentation format.

Lastly and unfortunately, I will not be at next week’s IOPC Funds meeting but you can provide any comments as well to Daniel Haché, Head of the Canadian delegation as well as to Jan De Boer of the IMO Secretariat and Thomas Liebert of the IOPC Funds Secretariat.

Best regards,

François Marier


Council of the European Union considers instructing Member States to ratify or accede to the 2010 HNS Protocol

François MarierDear Correspondence Group Members,

There is an important development in recent weeks which I would like to share with the Correspondence Group.

I am pleased to report that the Council of the European Union is currently discussing a proposal for a Council Decision on the ratification and accession by Member States on behalf of the Union to the 2010 HNS Protocol (see European Commission Proposal 2015/0136 (NLE)). Such proposal aims at instructing EU Member States to take the necessary measures and within a certain time to ratify or accede to the 2010 HNS Protocol.  The proposal also contains a recommendation to EU Member States to exchange information and best practices on the procedures leading up to ratification or accession as it can facilitate the Member States’ efforts in setting up a functional reporting system for HNS contributing cargo under the 2010 Convention.

Significantly, that proposal has been backed by the shipping industry, with the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and BIMCO jointly presenting a position paper to the European Union Member States stressing their support for the early entry into force of the 2010 Protocol.  That position paper is available here and I will ensure to keep the Group updated with any towards the formal Council Decision being taken.

This is a very positive development, which I hope will lead to States acceding to the Convention.