The Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention 2007 and hazardous historic shipwrecks

Dromgoole, Sarah and Forrest, Craig (2011) The Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention 2007 and hazardous historic shipwrecks. Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, Part 1 92-122.

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Author Dromgoole, Sarah
Forrest, Craig
Title The Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention 2007 and hazardous historic shipwrecks
Journal name Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0306-2945
Publication date 2011
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume Part 1
Start page 92
End page 122
Total pages 31
Editor Francis Rose
Place of publication Essex, U. K.
Publisher Informa U K
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Subject C1
180199 Law not elsewhere classified
949999 Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified
Abstract Of concern to a number of states are wrecks, particularly those from the two World Wars, which pose a pollution or navigation hazard but which also have historic or broader cultural value. The issue of hazardous wrecks was addressed in 2007 with the adoption of the Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention (“WRC” ), which allows states to remove, or have removed, a wreck that poses a hazard to the environment, to navigation or to the broader economic interests of the state. Designed to apply primarily in the exclusive economic zone, but also potentially in the territorial sea, the Convention clarifies states’ powers of intervention with regard to pollution hazards and extends existing powers to cover navigation hazards. This article examines the relationship between the WRC and hazardous historic wrecks. In particular, it considers how the WRC regime might be used to assist states in determining how to remove the hazard while at the same time protecting the historic value of the wreck. In doing so, consideration is also given to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage 2001.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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