Additional Annexes


Summary Information
Full Title

2007 Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks

Short Title / Abbreviations

NAIROBI WR Convention 2007/Nairobi WRC 2007

CIL Subject Classification
Citations to Text 46 ILM 694 (2007)
Date of Adoption 18/05/2007
Place of Adoption Nairobi, Kenya
Secretariat / Relevant Authority

International Maritime Organization

Dispute settlement provisions

“Article 15: Settlement of Disputes

  1. Where a dispute  arises  between  two or  more  States  Parties  regarding  the interpretation  or  application  of  this  Convention,  they  shall  seek  to  resolve  their dispute, in the first instance, through negotiation, enquiry, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, judicial settlement, resort to regional agencies or arrangements or other peaceful means of their choice.
  2. If no settlement is possible within a reasonable period of time not exceeding twelve months after  one  State  Party  has notified  another  that  a  dispute  exists between  them,  the  provisions  relating  to  the  settlement  of  disputes  set  out  in  Part XV  of  the  United  Nations  Convention  on  the  Law  of  the  Sea,  1982,  shall  apply mutatis  mutandis,  whether  or  not  the  States party  to  the  dispute  are  also  States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, 1982.
  3. Any procedure chosen by a State Party to this Convention and to the United Nations  Convention  on  the  Law  of the  Sea,  1982,  pursuant  to  Article 287 of the latter, shall apply to the settlement of disputes under this article, unless that   State   Party,   when   ratifying,   accepting,   approving   or   acceding   to   this Convention,  or  at  any  time  thereafter, chooses  another  procedure pursuant  to Article  287  for  the  purpose  of  the  settlement  of  disputes  arising  out  of  this Convention.
  4. A State  Party  to  this  Convention  which  is  not  a  Party  to the  United  Nations Convention  on  the  Law  of  the  Sea,  1982,  when  ratifying,  accepting,  approving  or acceding  to  this  Convention  or  at  any  time  thereafter  shall  be  free  to  choose,  by means  of  a  written  declaration,  one  or  more  of  the  means  set  out  in  Article  287, paragraph 1, of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, 1982, for the purpose of settlement of disputes under this Article. Article 287 shall apply to such a  declaration,  as  well  as  to  any  dispute  to  which  such  State  is  party,  which  is  not covered by a declaration in force. For the purpose of conciliation and arbitration, in accordance with Annexes V and VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of  the  Sea,  1982,  such  State  shall  be  entitled  to  nominate  conciliators  and arbitrators to be included in the lists referred to in Annex V, Article 2, and Annex VII, Article 2, for the settlement of disputes arising out of this Convention.
  5.  A declaration made under paragraphs 3 and 4 shall be deposited with the Secretary-General, who shall transmit copies thereof to the States Parties.”


Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization


Annex: Certificate of Insurance or other Financial Security in Respect of Liability for the Removal of Wrecks

Entry Into Force Status In Force

International Maritime Organization

Date of Entry into Force


Entry into Force / Termination Provisions

Article 18: Entry into force

“1. This Convention shall enter into force twelve months following the date on which ten States have either signed it without reservation as to ratification, acceptance or approval or have deposited instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with the Secretary-General.

2. For any State which ratifies, accepts, approves or accedes to this Convention after the conditions in paragraph 1 for entry into force have been met, this Convention shall enter into force three months following the date of deposit by such State of the appropriate instrument, but not before this Convention has entered into force in accordance with paragraph 1.”

General Status 48 Parties (as of 19/02/2020)
Links to Current Status/Reservations International Maritime Organization
ASEAN States
Brunei Darussalam
Malaysia Accession 28/11/2013
Singapore Accession 08/06/2017
Viet Nam
Related Instruments
Protocols / Amendments to this instrument

This instrument amends/supersedes

Related Instruments

2001 International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage

1996 International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea

1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

1976 Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims

1973 Protocol Relating to Intervention on the High Seas in Cases of Pollution by Substances Other Than Oil

1969 International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage

1969 International Convention Relating to Intervention on the High Seas in Cases of Oil Pollution Casualties

1963 Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage

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