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Due to the significant limitations of Arctic charting, all mariners in Arctic waters are required to plan any prospective voyages well in advance to understand their environment, and to exercise extreme caution when on the water, in order to minimise the associated high levels of risk. Caution is equally essential when navigating with Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC), as these official digital charts are based on the same limited or insufficient data as the official paper or electronic equivalent charts.
At last week’s meeting of the Legal Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), states repeated their support for the international liability and compensation regime for damage in connection with the carriage of hazardous and noxious substances by sea.
A call for the consistent application of the Civil Liability Convention (CLC) and Fund Conventions was made when the governing bodies of the International Oil Pollution Compensation (IOPC) Funds met in London on 24 and 25 April. BIMCO was represented as an observer delegation.