The HNS Finder, the online HNS search tool developed and maintained by the IOPC Funds since 2011, has undergone a significant update and the new version is now available at hnsconvention.org. The Finder is aimed at facilitating the identification of HNS contributing cargo by entities liable to submit reports under the 2010 HNS Convention. It has been updated regularly by the IOPC Funds’ Secretariat in the past. However, in 2019, in cooperation with the relevant technical divisions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and external experts, a full and thorough review of the entire list of substances included in the database was carried out. The Secretariat also took the opportunity this year to make a number of improvements to the HNS Finder interface.
As more States look to ratify or accede to the Convention, it is important that such tools are developed and maintained and that every assistance is provided to ensure that the practical requirements, such as reporting, are no longer considered obstacles to the Convention entering into force. The IOPC Funds continues to carry out its role in promoting this important Convention, preparing for its entry into force and for the first session of the HNS Fund Assembly.