ICS and CMI update on ratification of international maritime conventions

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the Comité Maritime International (CMI) – the international association for maritime lawyers, have released an updated brochure – ‘Promoting Maritime Treaty Ratification’ – to promote the importance of governments ratifying international maritime conventions, especially those adopted by the UN IMO.

The new campaign focuses on three IMO instruments:

  • the Hong Kong Convention on ship recycling;
  • the 2003 Protocol to the 1992 Civil Liability Fund Conventions concerning oil spill compensation;
  • the 2010 Protocol to the HNS (liability) Convention.

“While the slow pace of ratification of these crucial IMO instruments remains disappointing, there is now some cause for optimism.” said ICS Chairman, Esben Poulsson, adding that “in particular, the Hong Kong Convention on ship recycling has been ratified by the world’s largest flag State, Panama, having previously been ratified by Belgium, Denmark, France and Norway. Turkey, a major ship recycling nation, is also expected to ratify soon. But other IMO Member States now need to build on this momentum or else be faced with the confusion likely to be caused by unilateral or regional regulation.”

CMI Secretary General Rosalie Balkin said: “We are pleased to again be co-operating with ICS on this important campaign, which we hope will enhance the profile of some important IMO instruments that are sometimes overlooked.”

The new brochure also highlights a number of other conventions that require wider ratification, including the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention, which entered into force in September, and the ILO (Revised) Seafarers’ Identity Documents Convention.