Danish legislation implementing the 2010 HNS Convention

Posted: 26/01/2015

By: Thomas Liebert

Denmark, Chief Counsellor


Dear Members of the HNS Correspondence Group,

Some time ago I promised to inform HNS correspondence group on the details of the Danish legislation implementing the 2010 HNS Convention.

The Danish legislation consists of two parts, both of which are below:



1) An amendment to the Danish Merchant Shipping Act that contains the general/overall provisions of the 2010 HNS Convention and empowers the Minister for Business and Growth to lay down more detailed regulations on among others the reporting and contribution obligation by issuing administrative orders. The Danish Minister for Business and Growth can determine the date of the entry into force of the Sections implementing the 2010 HNS Convention. Sections 212 and 223 of the Act has entered into force with effect from 1 January 2015.

2) An Order on the reporting obligation of recipients of HNS substances carried in bulk by ships. The reporting obligation applies to substances that have been received in the calendar year 2014 and thereafter.

When the 2010 HNS Convention enters info force we will of course need to issue a detailed order on the contribution obligation.

I hope that this information will be useful and perhaps give some inspiration as you prepare your national legislation.

Yours sincerely,

Jan Gabrielsen

Chief Counsellor

Danish Maritime Authority