Correspondence Group Meeting

Report of the October 2014 informal meeting on the HNS Convention

François Marier

Dear Colleagues,

The report from the informal meeting on the HNS Convention that took place in London on October 23, 2014 on the margins of the recent IOPC Funds meeting is available here.

The principle points and actions that came out of that meeting are as follows:

HNS Made Easy and Incident Scenarios:

There was agreement that the development of an “HNS Made Easy” publication would be greatly beneficial to all member states in order to engage with stakeholders and decision-makers. The aim of this publication was to highlight the issue or gap that the HNS Convention is addressing. It was also agreed that this be further developed within the HNS Correspondence Group. An initial draft text was circulated in advance and at the meeting and is annexed to the attached report. There will be further communication within in the near future on this specific issue.

International Coordinated Implementation and Ratification:

There was agreement that it was important to continue efforts to coordinate the implementation and ratification of the HNS Convention internationally among those states that are working towards the Convention’s entry into force. A further workshop and/or meeting may be held in 2015 to establish such a timeframe. In the meantime, it was agreed that a chart be developed and circulated within the Correspondence Group for states to provide an update on their progress in implementing and ratifying the Convention. This chart will be circulated in the near future for input.

Please contact me should there be any questions.


François Marier


Informal meeting on the HNS Convention, 23 October 2014


Dear colleagues,

Following the successful Workshop on the HNS Convention held last Friday in Rome, Italy, I am planning a short informal meeting on the HNS Convention during next week’s meetings of the IOPC Funds. I would like to discuss the following two items:

  1. “HNS Made Easy” publication (see the attached document for an initial draft text) and “HNS Incident Scenarios”
  2. Coordinated Implementation and Ratification Efforts

The meeting will take place on Thursday, October 23 at 1:30pm at the IMO headquarters in Committee Room #10 (2nd floor).

Hope to see many of you there and if you are not attending the IOPC Funds meeting, please send a representative if possible.


François Marier

Terms of Reference

FM_smallDear Members of the Correspondence Group:

I am pleased to send you this first email message as Coordinator of the HNS Correspondence Group formed at the 101st session of the IMO Legal Committee during the week of April 28-May 2.

HNS Correspondence Group Terms of Reference:
The Correspondence Group was approved with the following Terms of Reference:

  1.  to provide a forum for an exchange of views concerning HNS implementation issues and to monitor and inform the implementation process in States;
  2.  to provide, with a view to encouraging early entry into force of the 2010 HNS Convention at a global level, and for the benefit of both potential States Parties and affected industries seeking a coordinated approach to ratification, accession or acceptance, guidance and assistance on issues regarding the implementation and operation of the Convention such as, but not limited, to:
  • the collection of information on contributing cargo, the development of appropriate reporting and verification systems, and the contribution system in accordance with the Guidelines on reporting of HNS contributing cargo;
  • the acceptability of insurance or other financial security for the purpose of article 12 of the 2010 HNS Convention;
  • assisting the IOPC Fund 1992 with the development of the various documents and decisions required for the first sessions of the HNS Assembly, in accordance with resolution 1 on setting up the HNS Fund agreed to at the international conference which adopted the 2010 HNS Protocol; and

3.   to report to the Legal Committee at its next session.

The Correspondence Group is to work over the next year on these issues and report back to the 102nd session of the Legal Committee on its progress. The main tasks over the next year are to continue to facilitate the entry into force of the 2010 HNS Convention through information exchanges and the sharing of best practices, provide any assistance to states in their national implementation of the Convention and to promote the ratification of the Convention. As with all Correspondence Groups, its results will depend on the contribution of its members and I invite you to use this opportunity to exchange views.


The Belgian proposal to revise FAL Form 7 to include HNS

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.