Danish legislation implementing the 2010 HNS Convention

Denmark, Chief Counsellor


Dear Members of the HNS Correspondence Group,

Some time ago I promised to inform HNS correspondence group on the details of the Danish legislation implementing the 2010 HNS Convention.

The Danish legislation consists of two parts, both of which are below:



1) An amendment to the Danish Merchant Shipping Act that contains the general/overall provisions of the 2010 HNS Convention and empowers the Minister for Business and Growth to lay down more detailed regulations on among others the reporting and contribution obligation by issuing administrative orders. The Danish Minister for Business and Growth can determine the date of the entry into force of the Sections implementing the 2010 HNS Convention. Sections 212 and 223 of the Act has entered into force with effect from 1 January 2015.

2) An Order on the reporting obligation of recipients of HNS substances carried in bulk by ships. The reporting obligation applies to substances that have been received in the calendar year 2014 and thereafter.

When the 2010 HNS Convention enters info force we will of course need to issue a detailed order on the contribution obligation.

I hope that this information will be useful and perhaps give some inspiration as you prepare your national legislation.

Yours sincerely,

Jan Gabrielsen

Chief Counsellor

Danish Maritime Authority


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

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.