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International Convention on Liability And Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous And Noxious Substances By Sea, IMO 1996


Chapter I - General Provisions


Article 1


Article 2

Scope of application

Article 3

Article 4

Article 5

Duties of State Parties

Article 6

Chapter II - Liability

Liability of the owner

Article 7

Incidents involving two or more ships

Article 8

Limitation of liability

Article 9

Article 10

Death and injury

Article 11

Compulsory insurance of the owner

Article 12

Chapter III - Compensation By The International Hazardous And Noxious Substances Fund (HNS Fund)

Establishment of the HNS Fund

Article 13


Article 14

Related tasks of the HNS Fund

Article 15


General provisions on contributions

Article 16

General provisions on annual contributions

Article 17

Annual contributions to the general account

Article 18

Annual contributions to separate accounts

Article 19

Initial contributions

Article 20


Article 21

Non­payment of contributions

Article 22

Optional liability of States Parties for the payment of contributions

Article 23

Organization and administration

Article 24


Article 25

Article 26

Article 27

Article 28


Article 29

Article 30

Article 31


Article 32


Article 33

Article 34

Tax exemptions and currency regulations

Article 35

Confidentiality of information

Article 36

Chapter IV - Claims And Actions

Limitation of actions

Article 37

Jurisdiction in respect of action against the owner

Article 38

Jurisdiction in respect of action against the HNS Fund or taken by the HNS Fund

Article 39

Recognition and enforcement

Article 40

Subrogation and recourse

Article 41

Supersession clause

Article 42

Chapter V - Transitional Provisions

Information on contributing cargo

Article 43

First session of the Assembly

Article 44

Chapter VI - Final Clauses

Signature, ratification, acceptance, approval and accession

Article 45

Entry into force

Article 46

Revision and amendment

Article 47

Amendment of limits

Article 48


Article 49

Extraordinary sessions of the Assembly

Article 50


Article 51

Winding up of the HNS Fund

Article 52


Article 53


Article 54

[Post Provisions]

[Post Clauses (If any: Signed; Witnessed; Done; Authentic Texts; & Deposited Clauses)]


Annex I

Annex I - Certificate Of Insurance Or Other Financial Security In Respect Of Liability For Damage Caused By Hazardous And Noxious Substances (HNS)

Explanatory Notes:

ANNEX II - Regulations For The Calculation Of Annual Contributions To The General Account

Regulation 1

Regulation 2


SiSU Metadata, document information


SiSU Manifest, alternative outputs etc.

International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea, IMO 1996

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

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International Convention on Liability And Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous And Noxious Substances By Sea, IMO 1996

Chapter VI - Final Clauses


Article 49

1. This Convention may be denounced by any State Party at any time after the date on which it enters into force for that State Party.

2. Denunciation shall be effected by the deposit of an instrument of denunciation with the Secretary-General.

3. Denunciation shall take effect twelve months, or such longer period as may be specified in the instrument of denunciation, after its deposit with the Secretary-General.

4. Notwithstanding a denunciation by a State Party pursuant to this article, any provisions of this Convention relating to obligations to make contributions under articles 18, 19 or article 21, paragraph 5 in respect of such payments of compensation as the Assembly may decide relating to an incident which occurs before the denunciation takes effect shall continue to apply.

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