No. 14 2015/2016 - Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks ("WRC")

December 2015

Dear Sirs, 

Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks (“WRC”)

Notice to Members Nos.14 2014/2015 and 22 2014/2015 informed Members that the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks (“WRC”) entered into force on 14 April 2015 and contained information about certification requirements.

Members are reminded of the requirement that vessels of 300gt and greater that are registered in a WRC State Party or call at a port or offshore facility in a WRC State Party must carry on board a certificate attesting that insurance or other financial security is in force in accordance with the Convention. The certificate must be obtained from the State in which the ship is registered, providing that the State is party to the WRC.

Since the Convention entered into force on 14 April 2015 the Bahamas, Cyprus and Panama have become States Parties bringing the current number of WRC Parties to 25.

Ships registered in countries that are not party to the WRC may obtain WRC certificates from a relevant authority in a State Party, providing that State has accepted to issue such certificates in respect of such ships, e.g. Cook Islands, Cyprus, Germany, Liberia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Palau or the UK. Members are advised to check whether the authorities in the Flag State for such ships have agreements with any WRC State(s) concerning issuance of WRC certificates, and make timely applications for a WRC certificate from an appropriate State Party authority.

The Club maintains a list of the relevant electronic and postal addresses of State party administrations for most WRC States Parties.

At the time of publication of this Notice the WRC is in force in the following 25 States.
 

Status NAIROBI WRC 2007 (as at 17 December 2015)
Contracting States: 25
Date of Entry into Force: 14 April 2015

 

Country/Territory

Deposit   Date

Date   of Country Entry into Force

Albania*

05/05/2015

05/08/2015

Antigua and Barbuda*

09/01/2015

14/04/2015

Bahamas*

05/06/2015

05/09/2015

Bulgaria*

08/02/2012

14/04/2015

Congo

19/05/2014

14/04/2015

Cook Islands

22/12/2014

14/04/2015

Cyprus*•

22/07/2015

22/10/2015

Denmark*

14/04/2014

14/04/2015

Germany•

20/06/2013

14/04/2015

India

23/03/2011

14/04/2015

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

19/04/2011

14/04/2015

Kenya*

14/04/2015

14/07/2015

Liberia*

08/01/2015

14/04/2015

Malaysia

28/11/2013

14/04/2015

Malta*•

18/01/2015

18/04/2015

Marshall Islands*

27/10/2014

14/04/2015

Morocco

13/06/2013

14/04/2015

Nigeria

23/07/2009

14/04/2015

Niue*

27/04/2015

27/07/2015

Palau

29/09/2011

14/04/2015

Panama*

18/08/2015

18/11/2015

South Africa

04/04/2015

04/12/2015

Tonga

20/03/2015

20/06/2015

Tuvalu

17/02/2015

17/05/2015

United Kingdom*•

30/11/2012

14/04/2015

 

*denotes the 13 States that apply the WRC within their territory in accordance with Art.3.2 of the Convention

Note: The Wreck Removal Convention also applies by extension in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar and the Crown Dependency of the Isle of Man.

denotes the States that have applied a Reservation in respect of LLMC 1976 Article 2 paragraph 1 (d) and (e) removing the right to limit liability for claims in respect of the raising, removal, destruction or the rendering harmless of a ship which is sunk, wrecked or abandoned, including anything that is or has been board such ship and claims in respect of the removal, destruction or the rendering harmless of the cargo of the ship.

Note: the UK’s LLMC Reservation applies by extension to the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar and the Crown Dependency of the Isle of Man.
 

All clubs in the International Group have issued a similar circular.

 

Yours faithfully
For:    West of England Insurance Services (Luxembourg) S.A.
 
         (As Managers) 

 

 

A Paulson
Director

 

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