Weapons dumps are a threat to fishermen and other seafarers. Dumped munitions have even washed up on beaches along some coastlines.
Since World War II, more than 1.17 million tonnes of conventional and chemical weapons are known to have been dumped in the sea around Britain. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union is estimated to have dumped 15,000 tonnes of chemical weapons in the Baltic Sea. In fact, recorded munitions dumps exist all over the world.
With the passing of time, corrosion may allow chemical agents to leak out or cause explosions.
KIMO works towards the implementation of legislation to prohibit future munitions dumps into Europe’s seas.
In collaboration with the Irish government, we have highlighted the need for the implementation of a European Independent Monitoring Programme. Legislation now stipulates that encounters with dumped munitions are to be recorded in detail so that management options can be considered.