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Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks

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To all Members,

The Circular published on the 5th November 2014 informed Members that the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks (“WRC”) enters into force on 14th April 2015.

This additional circular provides a reminder to Members that if the vessel is flagged in a State Party or calling at a port or offshore facility in a State Party 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 certificates must be obtained from the State in which a ship is flagged, 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. There is a full list of signatory states at the end of this circular.

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.

United Kingdom
Marshall Islands
Cook Islands

The International Group has been informed by the Merchant Shipping Directorate of Malta that the Convention will enter into force in Malta on 14th April 2015 and therefore any certificates for Malta flagged vessels issued by virtue of the national legal instrument transposing the Convention will be valid as of 14th April 2015.

The Merchant Shipping Directorate has confirmed that owners of ships on the Malta ship register who have received WRC blue cards from their clubs and WRC certificates from other States Parties, prior to Malta’s accession to the WRC, will have such certificates respected for this policy year.

Certificate applications may be made to the following maritime authorities. Where the information is available addresses for applications are listed below. However, Members should be aware that there are likely to be specific requirements for applications and they are recommended to check the website of the relevant authority or contact them directly for information on the procedures for application. At this time many of the State Parties would seem to be still in the process of finalising and publishing their procedures.

United Kingdom – Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Applications should be addressed to:

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

Application form link:https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/399694/MSF3241_REV0115.pdf

Electronic applications to: CLC@Mcga.gov.uk


Postal applications should be addressed to:

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


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 14th April 2015 and ships operated by Danish companies. DMA may issue Certificates for other vessels but this is normally the case only if an arrangement has been concluded between the DMA and the authorities of the vessel’s flag state.

Postal applications should be addressed to:

Danish Maritime Authority
Carl Jacobsens Vej 31
2500 Valby

Electronic applications to: vragcertifikat@dma.dk

Marshall Islands

International Registries, Inc. will give priority to certificate applications from Marshall Islands flagged ships. 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



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
8619 Westwood Center Dr., Suite 300
Vienna, VA 22182, USA
Main: +1 703 790 3434
Fax: 703 790 5655

or email: vesselcertification@liscr.com


Full postal address for applications:

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

Electronic applications to technical@palaushipregistry.com


Cook Islands

Full postal addresses for applications:

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

Visit http://www.maritimecookislands.com/applying-for-nwrc-certificates.html for details on online applications.


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

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

At the time of publication of this circular the following 16 States have acceded to the Convention.

State Party Accession date    Entry into force date
*Antigua and Barbuda 09/01/2015 14/04/2015
*Bulgaria 08/02/2012 14/04/2015
*Congo 19/05/2014 14/04/2015
*+Cook Islands 22/12/2014 14/04/2015
*+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
*+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
*+Palau 29/09/2011 14/04/2015
*+United Kingdom 30/11/2012 14/04/2015

*Denotes States that will apply the Convention in their territory

+Denotes States that will issue certificates to ships flagged in countries that are not party to the Convention, subject to any conditions the relevant authority may apply.

All clubs in the International Group have issued similar circulars.

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