Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie
Sachgebiet S 43
Bernhard-Nocht-Straße 78
20359 Hamburg

Susanne Cordes
Phone: +49 40 3190 7437
Fax: +49 40 3190 5008
Mail: nwrc@bsh.de

Hazardous substances (HNS)

Insurance for damages during carriage of hazardous and noxious substances by sea

Accidents of sea-going vessels with hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) can have serious implications. the subsequent questions of liability and compensation are regulated in the International HNS Convention.

In Germany the HNS Convention will be implemented with the HNS Act (HNS-Gesetz) as soon as the international conditions for it coming into force have been achieved. 

Most notably, an insurance obligation for ships of more than 200 GT will be introduced. In addition, imports of substances that come under the Convention must be reported. There will also be an obligation to pay contributions to the HNS Fund, which has yet to be established. 

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