of the Amendment
In Japan, the domestic law relating
to the Prevention of Marine.Pollution
and Maritime Disaster was revised in 2006 due to accession to
the Protocol on Preparedness, Response and Co-ordination to
Pollution Incidents from Hazardous and Noxious Substances,2000”
(OPRC-HNS Protocol). The following is a part of the provision of
this revised law.
Since April 1st 2008, when the owner
of HNS tankers of more than
150GT sails in specified areas (Tokyo-bay, Ise-bay and Setoinland sea)
while carrying HNS, owner has to keep onboard appropriate accident
response materials, equipment and experts necessary for
removal of the said HNS, and be able to reach the site with such
materials, equipment the location of the said vessel within approximately two
Depending on the characteristic of
the HNS, it is necessary to
keep the removal materials, or vessel with capability to squirt water,oil
boom, oil skimmer etc, and keep the experts.
When the owner of the vessel, is
sailing in the specified areas when
carrying cargoes of HNS, the owner has to have the certification of
accident response materials, equipment and experts.