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RESEARCH AND BRIEFINGS

Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention: The Impact on Shipowners

 


On 14 April 2015 the ‘Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks 2007’ will enter into force. It is designed enable a coastal state to take legal action against hazardous shipwrecks located beyond its territorial waters

On 14 April 2015 the ‘Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks 2007’ will enter into force. It is designed enable a coastal state to take legal action against hazardous shipwrecks located beyond its territorial waters; normally 200 nautical miles from its shore’s baseline.

The catalyst for this Convention can be traced back to the wrecking of the Torrey Canyon in 1967. The wreck, which was holding 115,000 tons of crude oil, lay outside British territorial waters – which, at the time, only extended three nautical miles off the coast. This created uncertainty over the government’s legal jurisdiction to manage the resulting pollution.

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regards the adoption of this Convention as “filling a gap in the existing international legal framework”.

Read our report The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks 2007: The Impact on Shipowners for more information.