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Seeking Submissions: Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention

Friday 14 August 2020
Seeking responses from interested stakeholders to the recently released discussion paper on the Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention.
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The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (the Department) is seeking responses from interested stakeholders to their recently released discussion paper on the Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention. 

Recent incidents in Australia have highlighted the importance of having strong laws to deal with wrecks and cargo from maritime casualties. The clean-up and removal of containers resulting from the YM Efficiency incident in 2018 cost more than $17 million. 

The Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention provides a uniform set of international rules for wreck removal. It also requires shipowners to hold insurance to cover the costs of wreck removal and provides countries with a right to claim costs directly from the ship insurer.  

The Department has released a Discussion Paper examining whether accession to the Convention would benefit Australia and raising a series of questions for interested stakeholders to consider.

They are seeking responses from stakeholders by 22 September 2020.  

The discussion paper and information on how to make a submission can be found on the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications website