Research and analysis

Post legislative assessment of the Wreck Removal Convention Act 2011

Preliminary assessment memorandum of the Wreck Removal Convention Act 2011.

Documents

Post legislative assessment of the Wreck Removal Convention Act 2011: memorandum to the Transport Select Committee (web version)

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Post legislative assessment of the Wreck Removal Convention Act 2011: memorandum to the Transport Select Committee (print version)

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Details

The assessment reviews the powers conferred as part of the Wreck Removal Convention Act 2011 which includes:

  • imposing a legal obligation on shipowners to locate, mark and remove, or have removed, wrecks which pose a hazard
  • the ‘polluter pays’ principle making the party responsible for producing pollution, the wrecked vessel owner, liable for paying for damage
  • ensuring that, in most cases, the government is able to recover its full costs

We are required to provide an initial assessment of the act 5 years after Royal Assent.

Published 28 July 2016