This paper includes a brief history of the development of traffic separation schemes and identifies those which exist in congested waters in various parts of the world. The continuing growth in shipping traffic and the increasing size of individual tankers underscores the growing risk of collision and the unfortunate consequences should a collision occur. Many vessels use established sea lanes as a normal operating practice; nevertheless, since use of sea lanes is strictly voluntary, there are a significant number of vessels which do not navigate within sea lanes. Ample justification appears to exist from a standpoint of increased safety, financial savings and pollution prevention to support mandatory use of sea lanes. This paper urges that: 1. fleets be instructed to utilize sea lanes wherever they exist and 2. firm support be given to IMCO proposals that use of sea lanes be made mandatory for all maritime shipping irrespective of size, cargo or flag.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Annual Tanker Conference (15th)

    Seaview Country Club
    Absecon, NJ  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Stephens, A
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1970-4-27

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 94-130

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00034935
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Petroleum Institute
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 27 1972 12:00AM