Easier to receive compensation for pollution
An international set of rules will make it easier to receive compensation for damage by dangerous or harmful substances in maritime transport. The EU is in fact working on a permit to ratify a convention to ensure uniform rules about responsibility for cleaning up pollution.
The convention on liability for damages in connection with the transport of hazardous and noxious substances (called HNS-substances). For example, the convention will make it easier for fishermen to receive compensation for pollution.
There is joy in the Danish Shipowners' Association which has helped in the work on the convention since it was formulated.
"It is gratifying that the EU supports the convention, and we look forward to an early ratification. Denmark's ratification would send a signal that we are a maritime nation that wants to promote global regulation of liability for pollution at sea. As Denmark's most global business, worldwide solutions are important, and here the IMO is the tool to create the right framework for shipping across the globe," said Henriette Ingvardsen, head of the corporate counsel in the Danish Shipowners' Association.
The convention requires that ships carrying dangerous or noxious substances shall be provided with an insurance certificate showing that the ship has a valid liability insurance. At the same time there will be established an international fund to provide compensation if the claim exceeds the shipowners' liability limit.
The means in the fund will come from importers of HNS-substances. Danish companies that receive dangerous goods from the sea will also be required to contribute to the fund.
Source: Danmarks Rederiforening / Maritime Denmark