25 February 2016

HNS Convention Brochure

WLPGA has participated in a Correspondence Group to develop a new six-page brochure that has been published by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The brochure explains 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) and encourages States to take the next steps to implement and accede to the Convention.

The development of the brochure was achieved collaboratively through an IMO Correspondence Group and its production was funded through a donation made to the IMO by Canada.

It is the first in a series of tools to be developed to assist government administrations in their internal promotion of the Convention and aims to highlight the risk of HNS incidents and make ratification of the Convention a priority.

LPG is classified as one of the Hazardous and Noxious Substances covered by the 2010 HNS Convention.

  • The transport of LPG by sea is a global trade (1,250 LPG ships in 2014 - source: Clarksons)
  • Incidents do happen involving LPG ships
  • Potential consequences of LPG shipping incidents can be significant and costly
  • A comprehensive international compensation regime is missing
  • The HNS Convention will fill that gap
  • The HNS Convention is based on a long standing and successful oil pollution regime

The brochure can be downloaded from the publications page in English, French or Spanish. To read more about the Convention visit and

For more information on the HNS Convention contact David Tyler on