OPRC-HNS Protocol - an overview to assist members

INTERTANKO has produced a guidance document to assist members with regard to the HNS Protocol (Protocol on Preparedness, Response and Co-operation to Pollution Incidents by Hazardous and Noxious Substances, 2000) which was adopted following a Diplomatic Conference held from 9 to 15 March 2000 at the London headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The Conference was held alongside the 44th session of IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), which met 6 to 13 March 2000. 

This protocol is aimed at providing a global framework for international co-operation in combating major incidents or threats of marine pollution from ships carrying hazardous and noxious substances (HNS), such as chemicals. 

The guidance document includes an overview of the following topics: 

1.       Introduction to the OPRC-HNS Protocol

2.       Adoption

3.       Entry into Force

4.       Status

5.       The Protocol on Preparedness, Response and Co-operation to Pollution Incidents by Hazardous and Noxious Substances, 2000 (HNS Protocol).

6.       HNS – definition

7.       OPRC-HNS Protocol 2000 – details

8.       What is required from the shipowner

9.       General guidelines regarding an HNS incident

10.   Emergency Response Plan guidance

11.   Contracting states

12.   Other sources of relevant information 

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Contact: Howard Snaith