• 2019 May 16 12:44

    Finland to deposit its instrument of accession to HNS Convention after major countries receiving hazardous substances accept it

    The Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland says it has circulated for public commenting proposals for acts under which Finland would adopt the Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea (HNS Convention). The adoption of the Convention would increase shipowners’ liability for the carriage of hazardous and noxious substances by sea and ensure that persons suffering damages are compensated more promptly and effectively.

    The HNS Convention contains provisions on liability and compensation related to the carriage of hazardous and noxious substances by sea. The basic principle of the Convention is that strict liability for

    any damage is primarily carried by the owner of the ship, who is required to maintain insurance to cover this liability. The owner’s liability under the Convention has a maximum limit, however. The HNS Convention follows the same principles as, for example, international conventions on oil pollution damage.

    The owner’s liability is complemented by the international HNS Fund to be established under the Convention. The purpose of this fund is to provide compensation for any damage to the extent that the maximum limit of the owner’s liability is inadequate to compensate for it. The operation of the Fund is to be financed through contributions collected from receivers of hazardous and noxious substances operating in the State Parties.

    The adoption of the Convention would increase the owner’s liability in case of damage. Currently, liability is fault based, and the maximum amounts are considerably lower than those set in the Convention. Through the HNS Fund, the receivers of hazardous and noxious substances in the State Parties would also participate in compensating for the damage in situations where the owner’s liability would be inadequate to do so.

    The duty to pay contributions would concern some 20 receivers of hazardous substances in Finland.

    The Ministry of Transport and Communications circulated the draft amendment to the Maritime Act and draft acts bringing the HNS Convention into force for public commenting on 13 May 2019.

    Statements on the legislative amendments and the proposal for adopting the Convention can be submitted until 7 June 2019. Statements may be submitted by all organisations and citizens at www.lausuntopalvelu.fi. After the round of statements, the legislative drafting will be continued by public officials.

    The Ministry will monitor the international situation of State Parties adopting and acceding to the Convention. Finland only intends to deposit its instrument of accession after a number of major countries receiving hazardous substances have accepted the Convention. This would ensure that the contributions would not be an excessive burden for Finnish companies in case of an accident.

    The HNS Convention is a treaty negotiated in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and partly within the EU’s competence. Where possible, EU Member States should adopt the Convention no later than 6 May 2021. The Convention will enter into force once at least twelve states have expressed their consent to be bound by it.




2019 June 20

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12:24 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:01 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to West Africa
11:36 ReCAAP ISC and Indian Coast Guard co-hosting 12th Capacity Building Workshop for Maritime Law Enforcement and Regulatory Authorities
11:11 NCSP Group’s consolidated cargo turnover for Jan-Apr 2019 increased by 0.3% to 47.6 million tonnes
10:42 Amendments to be introduced to the Water Traffic Act
10:10 Tallink Grupp connects first two vessels to shore power at Port of Stockholm in a bid to reduce environmental impact
10:09 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
09:46 Brent Crude futures price is up 1.81% to $62.95, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.69% to $54.9
09:27 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, June 20
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,179 points

2019 June 19

18:14 Port of Southampton signs sister port agreement with PortMiami
18:05 Unique Wärtsilä fresh water production system offers one ton per day fuel savings
17:51 Continued rail investment at the Port of Southampton accelerates air quality improvements
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17:03 IMRF announces new Board of Trustees
16:40 Small-size missile ship Orekhovo-Zuyevo, Black Sea Fleet, completes tasks in the Mediterranean Sea
16:02 Hapag-Lloyd announces GRI from Asia to East Coast South America
15:39 Vympel Shipyard launched first Grachonok-class special purpose boat for Federal National Guard Troops Service
15:02 Black Sea Mediterranean Express (BMX Service) Additional Gemlik Call
14:43 Baltic Workboats announces delivery of 100m fully electric ferry
14:21 RS participates in Global Fishery Forum
14:02 MOL and Japanese shipyards design Next Generation Coal carrier 'EeneX'
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13:26 FESCO opens seasonal transportation to ports of Chukotka
13:02 Van Oord awarded large contract for Mozambique LNG project
12:34 NIBULON Shipbuilding and Repair Yard starts constructing vessels of new project
12:12 ICS meets in Faroe Islands
11:58 Frigate Admiral Gorhskov of RF Navy's Northern Fleet sails through Panama Canal
11:37 Ship inspection platform Idwal urges investors to carry out due diligence on asset condition as standards decline
11:19 WMU signed MOU with Higher Institute of Maritime Studies, Morocco
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10:55 ABB wins system package with Keppel for dredging contractor Van Oord
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09:38 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, June 19
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.03% to $62.16, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.22% to $54.23
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,135 points

2019 June 18

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18:31 Transborders Energy signs joint study agreement with Kyushu Electric Power for FLNG Solution
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18:03 Container service boost at Bristol Port
17:53 IMO and UN Environment – working together to keep the Mediterranean clean
17:36 ZIM introduces myZIM Personal Notifications
17:21 Incat launches a new 111-metre ferry for Spain
17:06 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate increase from Japan to Middle East
16:42 Nor-Shipping 2019 sets new records
16:20 Fincantieri and CNR present the results of six multidisciplinary research projects
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14:02 Hapag-Lloyd announces FAK from East Asia to Europe and Mediterranean
13:30 Port of Singapore bags “Best Seaport in Asia” for 31st time and also “Best Green Seaport”
13:02 Major shipping banks to launch the Poseidon Principles in line with IMO’s Greenhouse Gas strategy
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12:28 Bunker prices show slight changes at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:24 Jan De Nul secures Formosa 2 OWF contract in Taiwan and underlines its expansion in Asian OWFs
12:05 AtoB@C starts to offer port towage and related services in Port of Raahe
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