This circular has been issued on December 9th, 2022, and is addressed to all accredited shipping managers, ship owners, ship operators, designated persons ashore, masters of Luxembourg flagged ships and recognised organisations and flag state inspectors.
The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007, was adopted by an international conference held in Kenya in 2007.
The Convention provides the legal basis for States to remove, or have removed, shipwrecks that may have the potential to affect adversely the safety of lives, goods and property at sea, as well as the marine environment.
Ships above 300 GT and over registered in a state party or leaving/entering a port in the territory of a State party to the Convention must be provided with insurance cover arrangements meeting the requirements of the Convention.
The Nairobi Convention Certificates (NCC) must be carried on board at all times.
The purpose of the present circular is to outline the phasing out of the current procedure as per CAM Circular 03/2015, allowing Nairobi Convention Certificates to be issued by a maritime administration of any State party to the Convention.
As the Convention entered into force for Luxembourg, in accordance with article 18(2) of the Convention, on 29 October 2022, any new NCC shall be issued by the Luxembourg Maritime Administration.
The relevant NCC Blue Card shall be provided, either through Guichet unique for a new vessel, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org for an existing vessel.
Luxembourg flagged vessels equipped with a NCC issued by a maritime administration of any State party to the Convention, will remain valid until their expiration date.
The present circular cancels and replaces CAM Circular 03/2015: Entry into force of the Nairobi Convention (Rev 1 – DMA links updated).