Strict liability of shipowners for locating, marking and removing ship wrecks deemed to be hazardous has come into force bolstering EU effords to strengthen cooperation among administrations and industry on places of refuge.

The International Convention of the Removal of Wrecks, adopted in Nairobi. Kenya in 2007, entered into force on 14 of April 2015. The convention is an important addition to the existing maritime conventions: It places strict liability on the operators whose wrecks can makes damage or threat to the safaty of navegation.

 

The Convention also provides State parties with a right of direct action against insurers. The Convention fill a gap in the international legal framework by providing a set of uniform international rules for the prompt effective and effective removal of wrecks located in a country´s exclusive economic zone or the equivalent: 200 nautical miles.