1989 Salvage Convention comes into force
The 1989 Salvage Convention came into force in Spain on 14th January 2006, replacing the 1910 Brussels Convention. The competent Tribunal to assess the salvage award and apply the provisions of the convention is the Maritime Central Court based in Cartagena, with the assistance of nine permanent maritime courts around Spain, which are served by members of the army belonging to the Ministry of Defence.
1996 Protocol to the 1972 London Convention comes into force
The 1996 Protocol to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, 1972 (London Convention) entered into force internationally on 24th March 20061 and in Spain on 31st March 2006. Since then, a small reefer vessel has been the first vessel to be detained by port authorities in a Northern Spanish port as she was caught dumping waste in Spanish waters at night. A guarantee of EUR 6,000 has been requested to release the vessel.
We thank Messrs INDECO for the above information.
Gard News 183, August/October 2006
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