Manual on Chemical Pollution - Section 3: Legal and Administrative Aspects of HNS Incidents, 2015 Edition (I637E)

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June 2015

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Manual on Chemical Pollution - Section 3: Legal and Administrative Aspects of HNS Incidents, 2015 Edition (I637E)

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This publication provides the reader, in particular on-scene commanders, response personnel, government entities and others involved in the management and/or response to pollution incidents involving Hazardous and Noxious Substance (HNS), with a description of the various interests involved  in an HNS incident and its aftermath. This includes a general review of the international legal regimes governing the various aspects of HNS, ranging from prevention, preparedness and response through to liability and compensation.

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Chapter I - Introduction


Chapter II - Roles and functions of entities which could be involved in an HNS pollution emergency and its aftermath

2.1 Shipowner

2.2 Ship technical manager

2.3 Master

2.4 Cargo owner

2.5 Flag State

2.6 Coastal State

2.7 Salvors

2.8 Liability insurer

2.9 HNS responder

2.10 Port authority

2.11 Ships agents/customs


Chapter III - Proposed information to be developed by States considering becoming party to the Protocol

3.1 Protocol on Preparedness, Response and Co-operation to Pollution Incidents by Hazardous and

Noxious Substances, 2000 (OPRC-HNS Protocol)

3.2 Obligations

3.3 Means of meeting obligations under the Protocol

3.4 Complying with the Protocol in practical terms


Chapter IV - Liability and Compensation Regarding Marine Pollution Incidents Involving HNS

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Scope of the HNS Convention

4.3 Two-tier structure of the HNS Convention

4.4 Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, 1976


Chapter V - International Conventions, Codes and Guidelines Involving HNS

5.1 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)

5.2 International Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution from Ships (MARPOL)

5.3 Related codes and categorization systems for the implementation of SOLAS and MARPOL

5.4 Other relevant international instruments


Annex I – Lloyd’s Standard Form of Salvage Agreement (Lloyd’s Open Form) 2011

Annex II– Reference documents

A​​s a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.  

In other words, its role is to create a level playing-field so that ship operators cannot address their financial issues by simply cutting corners and compromising on safety, security and environmental performance. This approach also encourages innovation and efficiency.

Shipping is a truly international industry, and it can only operate effectively if the regulations and standards are themselves agreed, adopted and implemented on an international basis. And IMO is the forum at which this process takes place.

Title: Manual on Chemical Pollution - Section 3: Legal and Administrative Aspects of HNS Incidents, 2015 Edition (I637E)
Number of Pages: 50
Product Code: MM1405K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 9789280116144, ISBN 10: 9280116142
Published Date: June 2015
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 210 mm
Book Width: 150 mm
Book Spine: 5 mm
Weight: 0.20 kg
Author: IMO

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