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Restoration of the marine environment: why ratification of HNS Convention is a matter of urgency!

February 19 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

The HNS Convention (Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea Convention) is an international convention adopted by the International Maritime Organization in 1996 to compensate for damages caused by spillage of hazardous and noxious substances during maritime transportation. In 2010, a second international conference adopted a protocol to the convention, known as 2010 HNS Protocol. The protocol was designed to overcome some implementation problems that had discouraged states from ratifying the original convention. States are being urged to ratify the 2010 Protocol.

ECSA and its international partners are strong supporters of the HNS Convention and have been urging its ratification.

This event will gather high level representatives from International and European regulators and stakeholders – the IMO, IOPC, the European Commission and industry representatives – in order to hear about the purpose and benefit of the Convention, how the convention will strengthen the international liability framework and the main reasons why the Member States are being encouraged to ratify or accede to the Convention as soon as possible. It will also serve as an opportunity to hear the experiences from States that have ratified and those that are still to ratify.

Join us at this event to engage directly with the shipping industry and other stakeholders and regulators on this important convention.

 

 

Programme

 

09:00 – 09.05 Welcome –by the moderator, Viggo Bondi (Norwegian Shipowners’ Association), Chairman of ECSA Legal Advisory Committee and ICS Maritime Law Committee
09.05 – 09.35 Introduction to the HNS Convention and EU calls for its ratification

o   Why do we need the HNS-convention?

§  Frederick Kenney, Director, Legal Affairs and External Relations Division, IMO

§  José Maura, Director, IOPC Funds

 

o   Why ratification by EU Member states is important?

§  Rikke Nielsen, Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE), European Commission

09:35 – 10:05 The Industry View: the views of the shipping industry and cargo interests on the Convention and its global need

o   Shipping Industry – Viggo Bondi, Chairman of ECSA Legal Advisory Committee and ICS Maritime Law Committee

10.10- 10.20 Member State experiences

o   Denmark: Kristina Ravn, Director, Maritime Regulation and Legal Affairs, Danish Maritime Authority

o   The Netherlands: Kasper van der Gugten, Senior Advisor, Shipping Department, Maritime Affairs Directorate, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

o  France: Arnold Rondeau, Deputy Head of Unit – Merchant Fleet Unit, Directorate for Maritime Affairs

10.20 – 10.25 Concluding remarks by Moderator

 

Details

Date:
February 19
Time:
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Event Category:

Organiser

ECSA
Phone:
0471741107
Email:
martin.dorsman@ecsa.eu
Website:
ecsa.eu

Venue

The Hotel. BRUSSELS
Boulevard de Waterloo 38
Brussels, 1000 Belgium
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Phone:
+ 32 2 504 11 11
Website:
https://www.thehotel-brussels.be/en/home.html

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