Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007
Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007 – Certificates of Financial Responsibility.
The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks (“WRC”) enters into force on 14 April 2015.
Article 12 of the WRC, which provides “the registered owner of a ship of 300 gross tonnage and above and flying the flag of a State Party shall be required to maintain insurance or other financial security, such as a guarantee of a bank or similar institution, to cover liability under this Convention in an amount equal to the limits of liability under the applicable national or international limitation regime, but in all cases not exceeding an amount calculated in accordance with article 6(1)(b) of the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims 1976, as amended”. It is also a requirement to obtain a certificate from a WRC State Party attesting to such insurance. Lodestar/RSA will be able to issue Blue Cards so that assured owners can apply for a WRC certificate.
Certificates must be obtained from the State in which a ship is flagged, providing the State is party to the Convention. Ships flagged in countries that are not parties will need to obtain a certificate from a relevant authority in a State Party.
We have been advised that six WRC States’ maritime authorities have agreed in principle to facilitate the smooth entry into force of the Convention and assist ship owners by issuing certificates to ships flagged in countries that are not party to the Convention, subject to any conditions the relevant authority may apply. As yet, none of the four states have provided specific information about applications for WRC certificates, but we believe this will occur shortly once they have agreed their internal procedures.
United Kingdom - The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency will prioritise CLC, Bunker and Athens Convention certificate renewal applications followed by WRC certificate applications submitted by UK registered vessels; then existing MCA customers and vessels calling at UK ports; and then vessels flagged in third countries, subject to the MCA’s capacity to process applications. The Agency has advised that due to expected large volumes of applications there may be delays in processing WRC certificates. Applications should be addressed to:
Mr T Cornish
Maritime and Coastguard Agency,
Spring Place, 105 Commercial Rd,
Germany - BSH has advised that they will give priority to certificates required by German flagged ships, ships calling at German Ports and ships operated by German companies. In addition they will prioritise CLC, Bunker and Athens Convention renewal certificates. WRC certificate applications can be submitted from now. The BSH expect a large number of applications and there may be some delay in issuing certificates. Postal applications should be addressed to:
Ms G Tungler
Bundesamt Für Seeschifffahrt Und Hydrographie (BSH)
S43 Bernhard – Nocht – Str. 78
20359 Hamburg Germany
Email applications may be submitted to NWRC@bsh.de
Denmark - The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) will give priority to certificates required by Danish flagged ships, ships from the Faroe Islands, ships calling at Danish Ports and ships operated by Danish companies. Other applications will be prioritised according to DMA’s criteria for processing certificates and operational demands. DMA is likely to process certificates for CLC, Bunker and Athens certificates before processing WRC certificate applications. In the meantime postal applications should be addressed to:
Danish Maritime Authority
Carl Jacobsens Vej 31
2500 Valby Denmark
Marshall Islands – International Registries, Inc. will give priority to certificate applications from Marshall Islands flagged ships. It is understood the Panama Ship Registry is in negotiation with the Marshall Islands with a view to issuing WRC certificates for Panamanian flagged ships. Lodestar/RSA would advise owners with ships flagged in Panama to seek further guidance from their contacts in the Panama Ship Register before seeking to obtain certificates from other States. Certificate applications should be addressed to:
Maritime Administrator for the Republic of the Marshall Islands
International Registries, Inc.
Attn: Vessel Administration
11495 Commerce Park Drive
Vessel Certifications Division
8619 Westwood Center Drive
Vienna, Virginia 22182, USA
Tel: +1 703 790 3434
Fax: +1 703 790 5655
Maritime Cook Islands
1st Floor, Brownes Building
PH: +682 23848
FAX: +682 23846
The states that have ratified the convention are as follows:
- Cook Islands
- Marshall Islands
- United Kingdom