WLPGA: Why is the WLPGA involved?
David: The HNS Convention affects the global LPG industry and is not limited to the interests of one single nation. The WLPGA is the only body to truly represent this group and this also enables strong links between the WLPGA and the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
The WLPGA has, in November 2015, secured a further three year observer status to the IOPCF who welcome the involvement of the WLPGA and stated ‘…WLPGA could make a significant contribution to the future work of the organisation in respect of HNS matters …’. This observer status is a very strong membership proposition for our Association.
WLPGA will maintain its work here because withdrawing would send a highly negative signal not only to the industry but also to the IMO and member states. It would put at risk the separate LPG account. It would flag a disinterest in safety issues and should a major incident occur the LPG industry would not be properly represented.
Mr Makoto Arahata, Overseas Business Manager – Japan LPG Association, recently said:
“… In my view the WLPGA is the only organisation that can effectively represent the global LPG industry at the IOPCF meetings and to retain our observer status for a further three years is a vital achievement…”
I think this encapsulates the importance of our role as observer at these meetings.
WLPGA: where can we get more information about HNS?
A brochure explaining the benefits of the International Convention on Liability and compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious substances by Sea, 2010 (2010 HNS Convention) has just been published and is now available. The leaflet encourages States to take the next steps to implement and accede to the Convention. It can be downloaded from the following link www.iopcfunds.org/publications/ where hardcopies can also be requested.
For more information about the WLPGA’s important involvement in the IOPCF meetings contact David Tyler (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit www.hnsconvention.org