Athens Passenger Convention Law and Legal Definition

The Athens Passenger Convention is an international treaty which establishes a regime of liability for damage suffered by passengers carried on a seagoing vessel. The convention was entered into force in 1987. the Athens Convention consolidated the two earlier Brussels conventions dealing with passengers and luggage and adopted in 1961 and 1967 respectively. The Convention declares a carrier liable for damage or loss suffered by a passenger if the incident causing the damage occurred in the course of the carriage and was due to the fault or neglect of the carrier. However, a carrier can limit his/her liability unless the carrier acted with intent to cause such damage, or recklessly and with knowledge that such damage would probably result. , this limit of liability is set at 46,666 Special Drawing Rights (SDR) (about US$61,000) per carriage. The 2002 Protocol raised the limit of liability or Special Drawing Rights (SDR) for the death of, or personal injury to, a passenger. Whereas in the case of loss of or damage to luggage, the carrier's limit of liability varies, depending on whether the loss or damage occurred in respect of cabin luggage, of a vehicle and/or luggage carried in or on it, or in respect of other luggage.