CALLING FOR COUNTRIES TO RATIFY TREATY ON HAZARDOUS AND NOXIOUS CARGOES

IMO is continuing its work to promote a key compensation treaty covering the transport of hazardous and noxious substances by ship – the HNS Convention.
When in force, the treaty will provide a regime of liability and compensation for damage caused by HNS cargoes transported by sea, including oil and chemicals. It covers not only pollution damage, but also the risks of fire and explosion, including loss of life or personal injury as well as loss of or damage to property.
IMO took part at the Hazardous Cargoes Forum in Singapore (17-18 September) to highlight the issue of container fires on board in the context of the HNS Convention.
To date, 5 States have ratified the treaty, covering just under 10 million tonnage of HNS contributing cargo. The treaty will enter into force when 40 million tonnage of HNS contributing cargo has been received.

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