This page collates the latest information on The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks. Page last updated 03/09/2015

Members are reminded that it is a requirement to obtain a certificate from a WRC State Party attesting that insurance or other financial security is in force in accordance with the Convention.

The WRC provides that with respect to a ship registered in a State Party, such certificate shall be issued or certified by the appropriate authority of the State of the ship’s registry, providing that State is party to the Convention. Ships flagged in countries that are not parties will need to obtain a certificate from a relevant authority in a State Party.

The following WRC States’ maritime authorities have on the date of publication of this circular agreed to issue certificates to ships flagged in countries that are not party to the Convention, subject to any conditions the relevant authority may apply.

As at 18th August 2015, 24 Contracting States have signed the Convention.

Current contracting states

Country

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

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 have applied the WRC in the territory in accordance with Art.3.2 of the Convention

The Convention also applies in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar and the Crown Dependency of the Isle of Man. Both territories have had the Convention extended by virtue of the UK’s status as a Convention party

Contact information

Antigua & Barbuda 
As an interim measure the Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping (ADOMS) will respect WRC certificates issued to A&B flagged ships by another WRC State Party, prior to 20th February. This arrangement will continue until 20th February, 2016.

Certificates of insurance or other financial security in respect of liability for removal of wrecks are issued by the ADOMS office in Oldenburg for ships registered through ADOMS Oldenburg.

ADOMS (Oldenburg)
Am Patentbusch 4 D-26125,
Oldenburg
Germany
Tel: +49 441 93959-0
Fax: +49 441 93959-29
E-mail: info@antiguamarine.com

Certificates of insurance or other financial security in respect of liability for removal of wrecks for ships registered through the St. John’s office are issued from St. John’s and the owner should submit an application to:


ADOMS (St. John’s)
PO Box 1394
St. John’s Antigua West Indies
Tel: +1 268 462 1273
Fax: +1 268 462 4358
E-mail: registry@abregistry.ag

Full details of where to apply is available here and a copy of
Directive 01-2015 from the Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping (ADOMS) is available as a pdf here.

Bahamas

Bahamas deposit the Instrument of Accession to the Convention at IMO Headquarters on Friday 5 June 2015. The date on which the Convention will enter into force for Bahamas is 5th September 2015.

 

Cook Islands

Full postal addresses for applications: 

Maritime Cook Islands,
P.O. Box 882,
Rarotonga,
Cook Islands

Phone: +682 23 848
Facsimile: +682 23 846
Email: wrecks@maritimecookislands.com

http://www.maritimecookislands.com/our-services/bunker-wrecks-clc-services/wreck-certificates-2/

Cyprus
The Republic of Cyprus has ratified the 2007 Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks earlier this month (August 2015).

The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks will enter into force for the Republic of Cyprus on 22 October 2015.

Cyprus flagged vessels shall obtain in time the Wreck Removal Certificate provided for in Article 12(2) of the Convention, from the Flag State Administration i.e. from the Department of Merchant Shipping. Wreck Removal Certificates already obtained by Cyprus flagged vessels from an Administration of any other State Party to the Convention prior to the ratification of the Convention by the Republic of Cyprus, would be acceptable to this Department until their expiry and do not have to be re-issued or replaced.

For the mere purpose of keeping a record of vessels already holding a WRC by any other State Party to the Convention, the Owners, Managers and Representatives of Ships of such vessels are requested to submit to the Department a copy of such a Certificate (can be emailed at bunkersclc@dms.mcw.gov.cy)

The circular issued by Cyprus Department of Merchant Shipping can be accessed here: http://www.mcw.gov.cy/mcw/dms/dms.nsf/All/F9EB15B5B35935A3C2257E9D0043547A/$file/27-2015%20(10-08-2015).pdf

Denmark

The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) will give priority to certificates required by Danish flagged ships, ships from the Faeroe Islands, ships calling at Danish Ports and ships operated by Danish companies. Other applications will be prioritised according to DMA’s criteria for processing certificates and operational demands. DMA is likely to process certificates for CLC, Bunker and Athens certificates before processing WRC certificate applications.  Please note that the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) will issue certificates to Danish flagged ships, ships from the Faeroe Islands, ships calling at Danish Ports after 14 April 2015 and ships operated by Danish companies. A dedicated email address for electronic applications has not yet been posted on the DMA website, but it is likely to follow the format in place for CLC, Bunkers and Athens. In the meantime postal applications should be addressed to:

Danish Maritime Authority
Carl Jacobsens
Vej 312500 Valby
Denmark
www.dma.dk

Electronic applications to: vragcertifikat@dma.dk

Germany

BSH (Germany’s certificate issuing authority) has advised the International Group that they will give priority to certificates required by German flagged ships, ships calling at German Ports and ships operated by German companies. In addition they will prioritise CLC, Bunker and Athens Convention renewal certificates. WRC certificate applications can be submitted at any time between the date of this circular and the convention’s entry into force date of 14th April. The BSH expect a large number of applications and there may be some delay in issuing certificates. Postal applications should be addressed to:

Ms G Tungler
Bundesamt Für Seeschifffahrt Und Hydrographie (BSH)
S43 Bernhard – Nocht – Str. 78
20359 Hamburg
Germany

Liberia
Liberia has deposited their wreck removal convention accession instrument.
This means that the Liberian registry will be in a position to issue WRC certificates theoretically from now.
Liberian flagged ships must get their WRC certificate from their registry and not from one of the other state parties

The Liberian Registry website: http://www.liscr.com/liscr/Maritime/tabid/60/Default.aspx

For questions regarding Liberia’s implementation of the Convention and issuance of WRC certificates for Liberian and non-Liberian flagged vessels, please contact:

Vessel Certificates
LISCR,
8619 Westwood Center Dr., Suite 300
Vienna, VA 22182, USA
Main: +1 703 790 3434
Fax: 703 790 5655 or email: vesselcertification@liscr.com

The WRC Application and further information can be found on our websites home page at:www.liscr.com 

Malta

Owners flagged by Malta must  obtain a WRC certificate from Malta  - the 4 day difference in entry-into-force dates does not affect the validity of their certificates which will be dated 14 April. 

Postal applications should be addressed to:

Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen
Merchant Shipping Directorate
Transport Malta
Xatt l-Għassara ta’ l-Għeneb
Malta Transport Centre
Marsa MRS 1917
Malta

Electronic applications to clcmalta.tm@transport.gov.mt

Marshall Islands

International Registries, Inc. will give priority to certificate applications from Marshall Islands flagged ships. The International Group is aware that the Panama Ship Registry is in negotiation with the Marshall Islands with a view to issuing WRC certificates for Panamanian flagged ships. The Club advises owners with ships flagged in Panama to seek further guidance from their contacts in the Panama Ship Register before seeking to obtain certificates from other States. Certificate applications should be addressed to:

Maritime Administrator for the Republic of the Marshall Islands
International Registries, Inc.Attn: Vessel Administration
11495 Commerce Park Drive
Reston, Virginia 20191-1506
USA
www.register-iri.com

Additional information for the Marshall Islands is available here:
http://www.register-iri.com/forms/upload/MN-2-011-45.pdf

Palau

Palau International Ship Registry has confirmed it will provide Nairobi Convention certificates to vessels flying the Palau Flag as well as to vessels registered in countries that are not Party of the Convention, including Panamanian flagged vessels following an agreement between the Panama Maritime Authority and Palau Flag.

The Certificates will be issued from February 15th 2015. The information needed to obtain a certificate is:

1. Application form;
2. Valid Certificate of Registry / ITC (if available);
3. Confirmation of the fees and payment; and
4. Blue Card

Following the receipt of such documentation Palau International Ship Registry will issue certificates within 24 hrs. Blue Cards in electronic copy should be directed to technical@palaushipregistry.com

Full postal address is:

Palau International Ship Registry
16701 Greenspoint Park Drive, Suite 155
Houston, Texas, 77060
P:  281 876 9533

Electronic applications to technical@palaushipregistry.com

The fee for the certificate is USD 270.00 plus USD 65.00 courier charge if the original is required by the owner.  

Panama
Panama deposited its instrument of ratification to the Wreck Removal Convention in IMO on 18th August. Panama will apply the WRC in their territory in accordance with WRC, Art.3.2 (the opt-in provision). The date on which the Convention will enter into force for Panama is 18th November 2015.

 

United Kingdom

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency will prioritise CLC, Bunker and Athens Convention certificate renewal applications followed by new WRC certificate applications submitted by UK registered vessels; then existing MCA customers and vessels calling at UK ports; and then vessels flagged in third countries, subject to the MCA’s capacity to process applications. The Agency has advised that due to expected large volumes of applications there may be delays in processing WRC certificates. Applications should be addressed to:

Mr T Cornish
Maritime and Coastguard Agency,
Spring Place,
105 Commercial Rd,
Southampton,
United Kingdom SO15 1EG

Electronic applications: CLC@Mcga.gov.uk

The MCA now has information relating to WRC certificates on their website.
https://www.gov.uk/certificate-of-proof-of-civil-or-passenger-liability-insurance

Club Publications

07/01/2015
The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007 will enter into force on the 14th April 2015. Ships of 300gt and above, registered in a State Party or leaving/entering a port in the territory of a State Party, will need insurance cover arrangements which meet the requirements of the Convention, evidenced by a certificate from a State Party.

07/11/2014
The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007 will enter into force on the 14th April 2015. Registered owners of ships above 300gt and over registered in a state party or leaving/entering a port in the territory of a State party, will need insurance cover arrangements which meet the requirements of the Convention. Vessels will need a certificate from a State party attesting insurance is in force. Certificates must be carried on board at all times.

30/05/2014
The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal Wrecks will enter into force on 14 April 2015 following ratification by Denmark

23/04/2014
The International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, adopted at a Diplomatic Conference organised by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in Nairobi in 2007, will enter into force on 14th April 2015, 12 months after ten states have ratified it. Those 10 States are: Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, India, Iran, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Palau and the United Kingdom. 

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