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International Convention relating to Intervention on the High Seas in Cases of Oil Pollution Casualties

Document type
Multilateral
Field of application
Global
Date
Nov 29, 1969
Source
IUCN (ID: TRE-000111)
Title abbreviation

INTERVENTION 1969

Title (French)

Convention internationale sur l'intervention en haute mer en cas d'accident entrainant ou pouvant entrainer une pollution par les hydrocarbures

Title (Other)

Internationales Übereinkommen über Maßnahmen auf Hoher See bei Ölverschmutzungsunfällen

Place of adoption
Brussels
Depository
IMO International Maritime Organization
Language
English, French
Entry into force
May 6, 1975
Subject
Land & soil, Waste & hazardous substances, Sea
Keyword
High seas Navigation Liability/compensation Transport/storage Marine pollution (ship-based sources) Dispute settlement Resource/damage valuation Oil pollution
Geographical area
Arctic, North Sea
Abstract

Objectives: To enable countries to take action on the high seas in cases of a maritime casualty resulting in danger of oil pollution of the sea and coastlines while ensuring that such action does not affect the principle of freedom of the high seas.

Summary of provisions Parties may take such measures on the high seas as may be necessary to prevent, mitigate or eliminate grave and imminent danger to their coastline or related interests from pollution or threat of pollution of the sea by oil (art. 1). Before taking action, a coastal State should notify the flag State of the ship, consult independent experts and notify any person whose interests may reasonably be expected to be affected by such action. In cases of extreme urgency measure may be taken at once. In any case the coastal State must endeavour to protect human life and assist persons in distress (art. 3). Such measures are not to go beyond what is reasonably necessary to achieve the end mentioned in article 1, and are to be proportionate to the damage, actual or threatened (art. 5).

(Source: IUCN ELC, 08.2005, based on UNEP Register of International Treaties and Other Agreements in the Field of the Environment, 1996)

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