Dear Members of the Correspondence Group,
A draft report to the next session of the IMO Legal Committee can be found here for your consideration. This report provides an overview of the Group’s work over the past year and indicates what next steps are needed for the Legal Committee to consider. Finally, it recommends that the Legal Committee extend the mandate of the Correspondence Group for another year (until its next session in 2016).
Given the length of the report, it must be submitted to the IMO Secretariat by the deadline of 9 February. Therefore, I would ask you to please send me any comments on the report by 3 February at the very latest in order for me to meet this deadline.
You will note in the report that there is a reference to a second paper, this one to deal specifically with the idea of the “HNS Made Easy” publication that has been discussed within the Correspondence Group. The reason for the separate paper as the outline of the “HNS Made Easy” is still under development with the assistance of the IMO and IOPC Funds Secretariats as well as ITOPF. The paper will be developed in the near future and put to the Correspondence Group for its further consideration. Since it will be less than the 6 page IMO limit, the deadline for its submission is 2 March.
Thank you in advance for your consideration and comments.
Dear 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:
- to provide a forum for an exchange of views concerning HNS implementation issues and to monitor and inform the implementation process in States;
- 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.