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‪Bahamas Submits the Instruments of Accession to the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks

Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General of the IMO; and H.E. Eldred Bethel, High Commissioner

The Bahamas has become the twenty-second Contracting State to the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks. High Commissioner H.E. Eldred Bethel, Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), met IMO Secretary-General Sekimizu to deposit the Instrument of Accession to the Convention at IMO Headquarters on Friday 5 June 2015.

The Convention, which entered into force in April this year, places strict liability on owners for locating, marking and removing wrecks deemed to be a hazard and makes State certification of insurance, or other form of financial security for such liability, compulsory for ships of 300 gross tonnage and above. The twenty-two Contracting States now represent 37.64% of world merchant shipping tonnage.



 

Bernis Pinder, Bahamas Liaison Officer to the IMO; Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General of the IMO; H.E. Eldred Bethel, High Commissioner and Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the IMO; and John Akhurst, Deputy Director, Maritime Affairs

Bahamas Maritime Authority.

Photo Credit: IMO


 

The High Commissioner stated that as a responsible member of the Council and the IMO, The Bahamas will continue to play it's part to uphold and support the organization through the ratification and accession of the various conventions and protocols; leading to safe shipping on clean seas. The Secretary-General thanked The Bahamas for their leading role in supporting the work of the IMO and their active participation in Council and Committees, and looked forward to their continued support.