For several years, member states of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have considered that in addition to the protection afforded to sea areas designated as "special areas" under the existing provisions of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from ships (MARPOL 73/78), there may be a need to provide further special protection to certain sea areas deemed to be particularly vulnerable by reason of their natural features, resources or values, or for economic, cultural or other reasons. The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of IMO has therefore adopted criteria for the identification of "particularly sensitive areas" and agreed to develop guidelines to be used by member states as an aid in the assessment of the need for protection, and in the identification and designation of a particularly sensitive area under MARPOL 73/78. The background and progress of this work, and its possible further development and implications for maritime activities, are reviewed.

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  • Pagination: 11p.+discuss.

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  • Accession Number: 00661478
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM