Senior managers from Maritime Administrations and legislative draftspersons specializing in maritime and shipping related legislation from 11 Pacific Island countries gathered in Suva at the end of September for the Regional Workshop on International Maritime Organization Civil Liability Conventions.
The meeting was part of Pacific Community (SPC) Transport Programme’s efforts to support effective technical services to ensure safe and secure transport in the Region in collaboration with the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
“IMO’s global regulatory regime is essential for the safe and secure operation of shipping and the preservation of the oceans and atmospheric environment. The workshop had a significant impact on the progress of ratification and full implementation and enforcement of the relevant IMO liability instruments which provide for prompt and adequate compensation in the region,” said Mr Jan de Boer, IMO Senior Legal Officer, Legal Affairs Office, Legal Affairs and External Relations Division.
“Understanding the principles for liability and compensation for damage caused by ships and aligning to an internationally harmonised regulatory system approach, it’s therefore of the utmost importance for every Pacific Island country,” said Mr Thierry Nervale, Deputy Director Transport of SPC.
“This week’s workshop was a great opportunity to fully comprehend and understand the IMO Civil Liability Conventions. It also highlighted the need that it should be implemented into our national legislation after ratifying it. Without doubt this regional interactive workshop will not only benefit each Maritime Administration but will foster efficient collaboration within the region for the safe and the environment friendly connection of ships, ports and people,” said Joe Fifita, Legal Officer, Ministry of Infrastructure, Tonga.
The workshop gave participants an overview of the international liability and insurance requirements and schemes and detail responsibilities of the various stakeholders involved.