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Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea (Helsinki Convention)

CONVENTION ON THE PROTECTION OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT

OF THE BALTIC SEA AREA

THE STATES PARTIES TO THIS CONVENTION

CONSCIOUS OF THE INDISPENSABLE ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL VALUES OF THE marine environment of the Baltic Sea Area and its Living resources for the peoples OF THE CONTRACTINg PARTIES;

BEARING IN MIND THE exceptional HVDROgRAPHIC AND ECOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS

of the Baltic Sea Area and the SENSiTiviTy of its living resources to changes in the environment;

NOTING THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT OF HUMAN ACTIVITIES AT THE BALTIC SEA AREA, THE

considerable population living within its catchment area and the highly urbanized and industrialized state of the Contracting Parties as well as their

INTENSIVE AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY;

NOTING with deep concern the increasing pollution of the Baltic Sea Area,

ORIGINATING FROM MANY SOURCES SUCH AS DISCHARGES THROUGH RIVERS, ESTUARIES, OUTFALLS AND PIPELINES, DUMPING AND NORMAL OPERATIONS OF VESSELS AS WELL AS THROUGH AIRBORNE POLLUTANTS;

CONSCIOUS OF THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CONTRACTING PARTIES TO PROTECT AND ENHANCE THE VALUES OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT OF THE BALTIC SEA AREA FOR THE BENEFIT OF THEIR PEOPLES;

RECOGNIZING THAT THE PROTECTION AND ENHANCEMENT OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT

of the Baltic Sea Area are TASkS that cannot effectively be accomplished by

NATIONAL EFFORTS ONLY BUT THAT ALSO CLOSE REGIONAL CO-OPERATION AND OTHER APPROPRIATE INTERNATIONAL MEASURES AIMING AT FULFILLING THESE TASkS ARE URGENTLY NEEDED;

NOTING THAT THE RELEVANT RECENT INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS EVEN AFTER HAVING ENTERED INTO FORCE FOR THE RESPECTIVE CONTRACTING PARTIES DO NOT COVER ALL SPECIAL REqUIREMENTS TO PROTECT AND ENHANCE THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT OF THE

Baltic Sea Area;

NOTING THE IMPORTANCE OF SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL CO-OPERATION IN THE PROTECTION AND ENHANCEMENT OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT OF THE BALTIC SEA AREA, PARTICULARLY BETWEEN THE CONTRACTING PARTIES;

DESIRING TO DEVELOP FURTHER REGIONAL CO-OPERATION IN THE BALTIC SEA AREA, THE POSSIBILITIES AND REqUIREMENTS OF WHICH WERE CONFIRMED BY THE SIGNING OF THE

Convention on Fishing and Conservation of the Living Resources in the Baltic Sea and the Belts, Gdansk 1973;

CONSCIOUS OF THE IMPORTANCE OR REGIONAL INTERGOVERNMENTAL CO-OPERATION IN THE PROTECTION OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT OF THE BALTIC SEA AREA AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE PEACEFUL CO-OPERATION AND MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN ALL

European States;

HAVE AGREED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

Convention Area

For the purposes of the present Convention “the Baltic Sea Area” shall be the Baltic Sea proper with the Gulf of Bothnia, the Gulf of Finland and the

ENTRANCE TO THE BALTIC SEA BOUNDED BY THE PARALLEL OF THE SkAW IN THE

Skagerrak at 57* *44.8N. It does not include internal waters of the Contracting Parties.

Article 2

Definitions

For the purposes of the present Convention:

1.      “pollution” means introduction by man, directly or indirectly, of

SUBSTANCES OR ENERGY INTO THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT, INCLUDING ESTUARIES, RESULTING IN SUCH DELETERIOUS EFFECTS AS HAZARD TO HUMAN HEALTH, HARM TO LIVING RESOURCES AND MARINE LIFE, HINDRANCE TO LEGITIMATE USES OF THE SEA INCLUDING FISHING, IMPAIRMENT OF THE qUALITY FOR USE OF SEA WATER, AND REDUCTION OF AMENITIES;

2.      “LAND-BASED POLLUTION” MEANS POLLUTION OF THE SEA CAUSED BY DISCHARGES FROM LAND REACHING THE SEA WATERBORNE, AIRBORNE OR DIRECTLY FROM THE COAST, INCLUDING OUTFALLS FROM PIPELINES;

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3.      a) Dumping means:

(I)   ANY DELIBERATE DISPOSAL AT SEA OF WASTES OR OTHER MATTER FROM VESSELS, AIRCRAFT, PLATFORMS OR OTHER MAN-MADE STRUCTURES AT SEA;

(II)  ANY DELIBERATE DISPOSAL AT SEA OF VESSELS, AIRCRAFT, PLATFORMS OR OTHER MAN-MADE STRUCTURES AT SEA;

b) Dumping does not include:

(I)   THE DISPOSAL AT SEA OF WASTES OR OTHER MATTER INCIDENTAL TO, OR DERIVED FROM THE NORMAL OPERATIONS OF VESSELS, AIRCRAFT, PLATFORMS OR OTHER MAN-MADE STRUCTURES AT SEA AND THEIR EQUIPMENT, OTHER THAN WASTES OR OTHER MATTER TRANSPORTED BY OR TO VESSELS, AIRCRAFT, PLATFORMS OR OTHER MAN-MADE STRUCTURES AT SEA, OPERATING FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISPOSAL OF SUCH MATTER OR DERIVED FROM THE TREATMENT OF SUCH WASTES OR OTHER MATTER ON SUCH VESSELS, AIRCRAFT, PLATFORMS OR STRUCTURES;

(II)  PLACEMENT OF MATTER FOR A PURPOSE OTHER THAN THE MERE DISPOSAL THEREOF, PROVIDED THAT SUCH PLACEMENT IS NOT CONTRARY TO THE AIMS OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION;

4.      “VESSELS AND AIRCRAFT” MEANS WATERBORNE OR AIRBORNE CRAFT OF ANY TYPE WHATSOEVER. THIS EXPRESSION INCLUDES HYDROFOIL BOATS, AIR-CUSHION VEHICLES, SUBMERSIBLE S, FLOATING CRAFT WHETHER SELF-PROPELLED OR NOT, AND FIXED OR FLOATING PLATFORMS;

5.      “OIL” MEANS PETROLEUM IN ANY FORM INCLUDING CRUDE OIL, FUEL OIL, SLUDGE, OIL REFUSE AND REFINED PRODUCTS;

6.      “harmful substance” means any hazardous, noxious or other substance,

WHICH, IF INTRODUCED INTO THE SEA, IS LIABLE TO CAUSE POLLUTION;

7.      “incident” means an event involving the actual or probable discharge into

THE SEA OF A HARMFUL SUBSTANCE, OR EFFLUENTS CONTAINING SUCH A SUBSTANCE.

Article 3

Fundamental principles and obligations

1.      The Contracting Parties shall individually or jointly take all appropriate

LEGISLATIVE, ADMINISTRATIVE OR OTHER RELEVANT MEASURES IN ORDER TO PREVENT AND ABATE POLLUTION AND TO PROTECT AND ENHANCE THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT OF THE

Baltic Sea Area.

2.      The Contracting Parties shall use their best endeavours to ensure that

THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION SHALL NOT CAUSE AN INCREASE IN THE POLLUTION OF SEA AREAS OUTSIDE THE BALTIC SEA AREA.

Article 4

Application

1.      The present Convention shall apply to the protection of the marine

ENVIRONMENT OF THE BALTIC SEA AREA WHICH COMPRISES THE WATER-BODY AND THE SEA-BED INCLUDING THEIR LIVING RESOURCES AND OTHER FORMS OF MARINE LIFE.

2.      Without prejudice to the sovereign rights in regard to their territorial sea, each Contracting Party shall implement the provisions of the present Convention within its territorial sea through its national authorities.

3.      While the provisions of the present Convention do not apply to internal

WATERS, WHICH ARE UNDER THE SOVEREIGNITY OF EACH CONTRACTING PARTY, THE

Contracting Parties undertake, without prejudice to the sovereign rights, to

ENSURE THAT THE PURPOSES OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION WILL BE OBTAINED IN THESE WATERS.

4.      The present Convention shall not apply to any warship, naval auxiliary,

MILITARY AIRCRAFT OR OTHER SHIP AND AIRCRAFT OWNED OR OPERATED BY A STATE AND USED, FOR THE TIME BEING, ONLY ON GOVERNMENT NON-COMMERCIAL SERVICE.

however, each Contracting Party shall ensure, by the adoption of

APPROPRIATE MEASURES NOT IMPAIRING THE OPERATIONS OR OPERATIONAL CAPABILITIES OF SUCH SHIPS AND AIRCRAFT OWNED OR OPERATED BY IT, THAT SUCH SHIPS AND AIRCRAFT ACT IN A MANNER CONSISTENT, SO FAR AS IS REASONABLE AND PRACTICABLE, WITH THE PRESENT CONVENTION.

Article 5

HAZARDOUS substances

The Contracting Parties undertake to counteract the introduction, whether

AIRBORNE, WATERBORNE OR OTHERWISE, INTO THE BALTIC SEA AREA OF HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES AS SPECIFIED IN ANNEX I OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION.

Article 6

PRINCIPLES AND OBLIGATIONS CONCERNING LAND-BASED POLLUTION

1.      The Contracting Parties shall take all appropriate measures to control

AND MINIMIZE LAND-BASED POLLUTION OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT OF THE BALTIC SEA

Area.

2.      IN PARTICULAR, THE CONTRACTING PARTIES SHALL TAKE ALL APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO CONTROL AND STRICTLY LIMIT POLLUTION BY NOXIOUS SUBSTANCES AND MATERIALS IN ACCORDANCE WITH ANNEX II OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION. TO THIS END THEY SHALL, INTER ALIA, AS APPROPRIATE CO-OPERATE IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND ADOPTION OF SPECIFIC PROGRAMMES, GUIDELINES, STANDARDS OR REGULATIONS

CONCERNING DISCHARGES, ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY, AND PRODUCTS CONTAINING SUCH SUBSTANCES AND MATERIALS AND THEIR USE.

3.      The substances and materials listed in Annex II of the present Convention

SHALL NOT BE INTRODUCED INTO THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT OF THE BALTIC SEA AREA IN SIGNIFICANT QUANTITIES WITHOUT A PRIOR SPECIAL PERMIT, WHICH MAY BE PERIODICALLY REVIEWED, BY THE APPROPRIATE NATIONAL AUTHORITY.

4.      The appropriate national authority will inform the Commission referred to in Article 12 of the present Convention of the quantity, quality and way of

DISCHARGE IF IT CONSIDERS THAT SIGNIFICANT QUANTITIES OF SUBSTANCES AND MATERIALS LISTED IN ANNEX II OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION WERE DISCHARGED.

5.      The Contracting Parties shall endeavour to establish and adopt common

CRITERIA FOR ISSUING PERMITS FOR DISCHARGES.

6.      TO CONTROL AND MINIMIZE POLLUTION OF THE BALTIC SEA AREA BY HARMFUL SUBSTANCES THE CONTRACTING PARTIES SHALL, IN ADDITION TO THE PROVISIONS OF

Article 5 of the present Convention, aim at attaining the goals and applying

THE CRITERIA ENUMERATED IN ANNEX III OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION.

7.      IF THE DISCHARGE FROM A WATERCOURSE, FLOWING THROUGH THE TERRITORIES OF TWO OR MORE CONTRACTING PARTIES OR FORMING A BOUNDARY BETWEEN THEM, IS LIABLE TO CAUSE POLLUTION OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT OF THE BALTIC SEA AREA,

the Contracting Parties concerned shall in common take appropriate measures

IN ORDER TO PREVENT AND ABATE SUCH POLLUTION.

8.      The Contracting Parties shall endeavour to use best practicable means in

ORDER TO MINIMIZE THE AIRBORNE POLLUTION OF THE BALTIC SEA AREA BY NOXIOUS SUBSTANCES.

Article 7

PREVENTION OF POLLUTION FROM SHIPS

1.      IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE BALTIC SEA AREA FROM POLLUTION BY DELIBERATE, NEGLIGENT OR ACCIDENTAL RELEASE OF OIL, HARMFUL SUBSTANCES OTHER THAN OIL, AND BY THE DISCHARGE OF SEWAGE AND GARBAGE FROM SHIPS, THE CONTRACTING PARTIES SHALL TAKE MEASURES AS SET OUT IN ANNEX IV OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION.

2.      The Contracting Parties shall develop and apply uniform requirements

FOR THE CAPACITY AND LOCATION OF FACILITIES FOR THE RECEPTION OF RESIDUES OF OIL, HARMFUL SUBSTANCES OTHER THAN OIL, INCLUDING SEWAGE AND GARBAGE, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT INTER ALIA THE SPECIAL NEEDS OF PASSENGER SHIPS AND COMBINATION CARRIERS.

Article 8

Pleasure Craft

The Contracting Parties shall, in addition to implementing those provisions

OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION WHICH CAN APPROPRIATELY BE APPLIED TO PLEASURE CRAFT, TAKE SPECIAL MEASURES IN ORDER TO ABATE HARMFUL EFFECTS ON THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT OF THE BALTIC SEA AREA OF PLEASURE CRAFT ACTIVITIES. THE MEASURES SHALL INTER ALIA DEAL WITH ADEQUATE RECEPTION FACILITIES FOR WASTES FROM PLEASURE CRAFT.

Article 9

PREVENTION OF DUMPING

1. The Contracting Parties shall, subject to Paragraphs 2 and 4 of this Article, prohibit dumping in the Baltic Sea Area.

2.      Dumping of dredged spoils shall be subject to a prior special permit by

THE APPROPRIATE NATIONAL AUTHORITY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF ANNEX V OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION.

3.      Each Contracting Party undertakes to ensure compliance with the

PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE BY VESSELS AND AIRCRAFT:

A)  REGISTERED IN ITS TERRITORY OR FLYING ITS FLAG;

B)  LOADING, WITHIN ITS TERRITORY OR TERRITORIAL SEA, MATTER WHICH IS TO BE DUMPED; OR

C) BELIEVED TO BE ENGAGED IN DUMPING WITHIN ITS TERRITORIAL SEA.

4.      The provisions of this Article shall not apply when the safety of human

LIFE OR OF A VESSEL OR AIRCRAFT AT SEA IS THREATENED BY THE COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OR TOTAL LOSS OF THE VESSEL OR AIRCRAFT, OR IN ANY CASE WHICH CONSTITUTES A DANGER TO HUMAN LIFE, IF DUMPING APPEARS TO BE THE ONLY WAY OF AVERTING THE THREAT AND IF THERE IS EVERY PROBABILITY THAT THE DAMAGE CONSEQUENT UPON SUCH DUMPING WILL BE LESS THAN WOULD OTHERWISE OCCUR. SUCH DUMPING SHALL BE SO CONDUCTED AS TO MINIMIZE THE LIKELIHOOD OF DAMAGE TO HUMAN OR MARINE LIFE.

5.      Dumping made under the provisions of Paragraph 4 of this Article shall be

REPORTED AND DEALT WITH IN ACCORDANCE WITH ANNEX VI OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION AND SHALL BE REPORTED FORTHWITH TO THE COMMISSION REFERRED TO IN ARTICLE 12 OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF REGULATION 4 OF

Annex V of the present Convention.

6.      IN CASE OF DUMPING SUSPECTED TO BE IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE PROVISIONS OF

this Article the contracting Parties shall co-operate in investigating the

MATTER IN ACCORDANCE WITH REGULATION 2 OF ANNEX IV OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION.

Article 10

Exploration and exploitation of the sea-bed and its

SUBSOIL

Each Contracting Party shall take all appropriate measures in order to

PREVENT POLLUTION OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT OF THE BALTIC SEA AREA RESULTING FROM EXPLORATION OR EXPLOITATION OF ITS PART OF THE SEA-BED AND ITS SUBSOIL OR FROM ANY ASSOCIATED ACTIVITIES THEREON. IT SHALL ALSO ENSURE THAT ADEQUATE EQUIPMENT IS AT HAND TO START AN IMMEDIATE ABATEMENT OF POLLUTION IN THAT AREA.

Article 11

CO-OPERATION IN COMBATTING MARINE POLLUTION

The Contracting Parties shall take measures and co-operate as set out in Annex VI of the present Convention in order to eliminate or minimize pollution of the Baltic Sea Area by oil or other harmful substances.

Article 12

INSTITUTIONAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL FRAMEWORK

1.      The Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission, hereinafter

REFERRED TO AS “THE COMMISSION”, IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION.

2.      The chairmanship of the Commission shall be given to each Contracting

PARTY IN TURN IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER OF THE NAMES OF THE STATES IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

The Chairman shall serve for a period of two years, and cannot during the

PERIOD OF HIS CHAIRMANSHIP SERVE AS REPRESENTATIVE OF HIS COUNTRY.

Should the chairmanship fall vacant, the Contracting Party chairing the

COMMISSION SHALL NOMINATE A SUCCESSOR TO REMAIN IN OFFICE UNTIL THE TERM OF CHAIRMANSHIP OF THAT CONTRACTING PARTY EXPIRES.

3.   Meetings of the Commission shall be held at least once a year upon

CONVOCATION BY THE CHAIRMAN. UPON THE REQUEST OF A CONTRACTING PARTY, PROVIDED IT IS ENDORSED BY ANOTHER CONTRACTING PARTY, THE CHAIRMAN SHALL, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, SUMMON AN EXTRAORDINARY MEETING AT SUCH TIME AND PLACE AS THE CHAIRMAN DETERMINES, HOWEVER, NOT LATER THAN NINETY DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THE SUBMISSION OF THE REQUEST.

4.      The first meeting of the Commission shall be called by the Depositary Government and shall take place within a period of ninety days from the date

FOLLOWING THE ENTRY INTO FORCE OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION.

5.   Each Contracting Party shall have one vote in the Commission. Unless

OTHERWISE PROVIDED UNDER THE PRESENT CONVENTION, THE COMMISSION SHALL TAKE ITS DECISIONS UNANIMOUSLY.

Article 13

The duties of the Commission

The duties of the Commission shall be:

A)  TO KEEP THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION UNDER CONTINUOUS

observation;

B)  TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON MEASURES RELATING TO THE PURPOSES OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION;

C)  TO KEEP UNDER REVIEW THE CONTENTS OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION INCLUDING ITS

Annexes and to recommend to the Contracting Parties such amendments to

THE PRESENT CONVENTION INCLUDING ITS ANNEXES AS MAY BE REQUIRED INCLUDING CHANGES IN THE LISTS OF SUBSTANCES AND MATERIALS AS WELL AS THE ADOPTION

of new Annexes;

D)  TO DEFINE POLLUTION CONTROL CRITERIA, OBJECTIVES FOR THE REDUCTION OF POLLUTION, AND OBJECTIVES CONCERNING MEASURES, PARTICULARLY ACCORDING TO

Annex III of the present Convention;

E)  TO PROMOTE IN CLOSE CO-OPERATION WITH APPROPRIATE GOVERNMENTAL BODIES, TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION SUB-PARAGRAPH F) OF THIS ARTICLE, ADDITIONAL MEASURES TO PROTECT THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT OF THE BALTIC SEA AREA AND FOR THIS PURPOSE:

(I)   TO RECEIVE, PROCESS, SUMMARIZE AND DISSEMINATE FROM AVAILABLE SOURCES RELEVANT SCIENTIFIC, TECHNOLOGICAL AND STATISTICAL INFORMATION; AND

(II)  TO PROMOTE SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL RESEARCH;

F)  TO SEEK, WHEN APPROPRIATE, THE SERVICES OF COMPETENT REGIONAL AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS TO COLLABORATE IN SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL RESEARCH AS WELL AS OTHER RELEVANT ACTIVITIES PERTINENT TO THE OBJECTIVES OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION;

G)  TO ASSUME SUCH OTHER FUNCTIONS AS MAY BE APPROPRIATE UNDER THE TERMS OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION.

Article 14

Administrative provisions for the Commission

1.   The working language of the Commission shall be English.

2.   The Commission shall adopt its Rules of Procedure.

3. The office of the Commission, hereafter referred to as the “secretariat”,

SHALL BE IN HELSINKI.

4.      The Commission shall appoint an Executive Secretary and make provisions

FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF SUCH OTHER PERSONNEL AS MAY BE NECESSARY, AND DETERMINE THE DUTIES, TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY.

5.      The Executive Secretary shall be the chief administrative official of the

COMMISSION AND SHALL PERFORM THE FUNCTIONS THAT ARE NECESSARY FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION, THE WORK OF THE COMMISSION AND OTHER TASKS ENTRUSTED TO THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY BY THE COMMISSION AND ITS

Rules of Procedure.

Article 15

Financial provisions for the Commission

1.      The Commission shall adopt its Financial Rules.

2.      The Commission shall adopt an annual or biennial budget of proposed

EXPENDITURES AND BUDGET ESTIMATES FOR THE FISCAL PERIOD FOLLOWING THEREAFTER.

3.      The total amount of the budget, including any supplementary budget

ADOPTED BY THE COMMISSION, SHALL BE CONTRIBUTED BY THE CONTRACTING PARTIES IN EQUAL PARTS, UNLESS THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY DECIDES OTHERWISE. IN ADDITION TO THE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY ITS MEMBER STATES THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY WILL CONTRIBUTE AT MOST 2.5% OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS OF THE BUDGET.

4.      Each Contracting Party shall pay the expenses related to the

PARTICIPATION IN THE COMMISSION OF ITS REPRESENTATIVES, EXPERTS AND ADVISERS.

Article 16

Scientific and technological co-operation

1.      The Contracting Parties undertake directly, or when appropriate through

COMPETENT REGIONAL OR OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, TO CO-OPERATE IN THE FIELDS OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND OTHER RESEARCH, AND TO EXCHANGE DATA AS WELL AS OTHER SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION.

2.      Without prejudice to Paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of Article 4 of the present

CONVENTION THE CONTRACTING PARTIES UNDERTAKE DIRECTLY, OR WHEN APPROPRIATE THROUGH COMPETENT REGIONAL OR OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, TO PROMOTE STUDIES, UNDERTAKE, SUPPORT OR CONTRIBUTE TO PROGRAMMES AIMED AT DEVELOPING WAYS AND MEANS FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF THE NATURE AND EXTENT OF POLLUTION, PATHWAYS, EXPOSURES, RISKS AND REMEDIES IN THE BALTIC SEA AREA, AND PARTICULARLY TO DEVELOP ALTERNATIVE METHODS OF TREATMENT, DISPOSAL AND ELIMINATION OF SUCH MATTER AND SUBSTANCES THAT ARE LIKELY TO CAUSE POLLUTION OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT OF THE BALTIC SEA AREA.

3.      The Contracting Parties undertake directly, or when appropriate through

COMPETENT REGIONAL OR OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, AND, ON THE BASIS OF THE INFORMATION AND DATA ACQUIRED PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPHS 1 AND 2 OF THIS

Article, to co-operate in developing inter-comparable observation methods, in

PERFORMING BASELINE STUDIES AND IN ESTABLISHING COMPLEMENTARY OR JOINT PROGRAMMES FOR MONITORING.

4. The organization and scope of work connected with the implementation of

TASKS REFERRED TO IN THE PRECEDING PARAGRAPHS SHOULD PRIMARILY BE OUTLINED BY THE COMMISSION.

Article 17

Responsibility for damage

The Contracting Parties undertake, as soon as possible, jointly to develop

AND ACCEPT RULES CONCERNING RESPONSIBILITY FOR DAMAGE RESULTING FROM ACTS OR OMISSIONS IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION, INCLUDING, INTER ALIA, LIMITS OF RESPONSIBILITY, CRITERIA AND PROCEDURES FOR THE DETERMINATION OF LIABILITY AND AVAILABLE REMEDIES.

Article 18

Settlement of disputes

1.      IN CASE OF A DISPUTE BETWEEN CONTRACTING PARTIES AS TO THE INTERPRETATION OR APPLICATION OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION, THEY SHOULD SEEK A SOLUTION BY NEGOTIATION. IF THE PARTIES CONCERNED CANNOT REACH AGREEMENT THEY SHOULD SEEK THE GOOD OFFICES OF OR JOINTLY REQUEST THE MEDIATION BY A THIRD CONTRACTING PARTY, A QUALIFIED INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OR A QUALIFIED PERSON.

2.      IF THE PARTIES CONCERNED HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO RESOLVE THEIR DISPUTE THROUGH NEGOTIATION OR HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO AGREE ON MEASURES AS DESCRIBED ABOVE, SUCH DISPUTES SHALL BE, UPON COMMON AGREEMENT, SUBMITTED TO AN AD-HOC ARBITRATION TRIBUNAL, TO A PERMANENT ARBITRATION TRIBUNAL, OR TO THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE.

Article 19

Safeguard of certain freedoms

Nothing in the present Convention shall be construed as infringing upon the

FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION, FISHING, MARINE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND OTHER LEGITIMATE USES OF THE HIGH SEAS, AS WELL AS UPON THE RIGHT OF INNOCENT PASSAGE THROUGH THE TERRITORIAL SEA.

Article 20

Status of Annexes

The Annexes attached to the present Convention form an integral part of the

CONVENTION.

Article 21

Relation to other Conventions

The provisions of the present Convention shall be without prejudice to the

RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE CONTRACTING PARTIES UNDER TREATIES CONCLUDED PREVIOUSLY AS WELL AS UNDER TREATIES WHICH MAY BE CONCLUDED IN THE FUTURE, FURTHERING AND DEVELOPING THE GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF THE LAW OF THE SEA THAT THE PRESENT CONVENTION IS BASED UPON AND IN PARTICULAR PROVISIONS CONCERNING THE PREVENTION OF POLLUTION OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT.

Article 22

Revision of the Convention

A CONFERENCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF A GENERAL REVISION OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION MAY BE CONVENED WITH THE CONSENT OF THE CONTRACTING PARTIES OR AT THE REQUEST OF THE COMMISSION.

Article 23

Amendments to the Articles of the Convention

1.      Each Contracting Party may propose amendments to the Articles of the

PRESENT CONVENTION. ANY SUCH PROPOSED AMENDMENT SHALL BE SUBMITTED TO THE

Depositary Government and communicated by it to all Contracting Parties,

WHICH SHALL INFORM THE DEPOSITARY GOVERNMENT OF EITHER THEIR ACCEPTANCE OR REJECTION OF THE AMENDMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER THE RECEIPT OF THE COMMUNICATION.

The amendment shall enter into force ninety days after the Depositary Government has received notifications of acceptance of that amendment from

ALL CONTRACTING PARTIES.

2.      With the consent of the Contracting Parties or at the request of the

COMMISSION A CONFERENCE MAY BE CONVENED FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDING THE PRESENT CONVENTION.

Article 24

Amendments to the Annexes and the adoption of Annexes

1.      Any amendment to the Annexes proposed by a Contracting Party shall be

COMMUNICATED TO THE OTHER CONTRACTING PARTIES BY THE DEPOSITARY GOVERNMENT AND CONSIDERED IN THE COMMISSION. IF ADOPTED BY THE COMMISSION, THE AMENDMENT SHALL BE COMMUNICATED TO THE CONTRACTING PARTIES AND RECOMMENDED FOR ACCEPTANCE.

2.      Such amendment shall be deemed to have been accepted at the end of a

PERIOD DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSION UNLESS WITHIN THAT PERIOD ANY ONE OF THE CONTRACTING PARTIES HAS OBJECTED TO THE AMENDMENT. THE ACCEPTED AMENDMENT SHALL ENTER INTO FORCE ON A DATE DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSION.

The period determined by the Commission shall be prolonged for an

ADDITIONAL PERIOD OF SIX MONTHS AND THE DATE OF ENTRY INTO FORCE OF THE AMENDMENT POSTPONED ACCORDINGLY, IF, IN EXCEPTIONAL CASES, ANY CONTRACTING PARTY BEFORE THE EXPIRING OF THE PERIOD DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSION INFORMS

the Depositary Government, that, although it intends to accept the proposal,

THE CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCH AN ACCEPTANCE ARE NOT YET FULFILLED

in its State.

3.      An Annex to the present Convention may be adopted in accordance with the

PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE.

4.      The Depositary Government shall inform all Contracting Parties of any

AMENDMENTS OR THE ADOPTION OF A NEW ANNEX WHICH ENTER INTO FORCE UNDER THIS

Article and of the date on which such amendment or new Annex enters into

FORCE.

5.      Any objection under this Article shall be made by notification in writing to the Depositary Government which shall notify all Contracting Parties and the Executive Secretary of any such notification and the date of its receipt.

Article 25

Reservations

1.      The provisions of the present Convention shall not be subject to

RESERVATIONS.

2.      The provision of Paragraph 1 of this Article does not prevent a

CONTRACTING PARTY FROM SUSPENDING FOR A PERIOD NOT EXCEEDING ONE YEAR THE

APPLICATION OF AN ANNEX OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION OR PART THEREOF OR AN AMENDMENT THERETO AFTER THE ANNEX IN QUESTION OR THE AMENDMENT THERETO HAS ENTERED INTO force.

3. IF AFTER THE ENTRy INTO FORCE OF THE pREsENT CONvENTION A CONTRACTINg

PARTy invokes the provisions of Paragraph 2 of this Article it shall inform the other Contracting Parties, at the time of the adoption by the Commission of an amendment to an Annex, or a new Annex, of those provisions which will bE suspended in accordance with Paragraph 2 of this Article.

Article 26

Signature, ratification, approval, and accession

1.      The present Convention shall bE open for signature in Helsinki on 22 March 1974 by the Baltic Sea States participating in the Diplomatic Conference on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area, held in Helsinki from 18 to 22 March 1974. The present Convention shall bE open for accession to any other State interested in fulfilling the aims and purposes of the present Convention, provided that this State is invited by all the Contracting Parties.

2.      The present Convention shall bE open for accession by the European Economic Community. Within the area of its competence, the European Economic Community is entitled to a number of votes equal to the NUMbER of its MEMbER States which are Contracting Parties to the present Convention. The European Economic Community shall not exercise its right to vote in cases where its Member States exercise theirs and conversely.

3.      The present Convention shall be subject to ratification or approval by the States which have signed it.

4.      The instruments of ratification, approval, or accession shall be deposited with the Government of Finland, which will perform the duties of the DEposiTARy GovERNMENT.

Article 27

ENTRy iNTo FoRcE

1.      The present Convention shall enter into force two months after the deposit of the seventh instrument of ratification or approval.

2.      For the European Economic Community acceding to the Convention according to Article 26 the Convention shall enter into force two months

AFTER THE DEpOsiT OF THE INsTRUMENT OF ACCEssiON.

Article 28

Withdrawal

1. AT ANy TiME AFTER THE ExpiRy oF FivE yEARs FRoM THE DATE oF ENTRy iNTo FORCE OF THE pREsENT CONvENTION ANY CONTRACTING PARTY MAY, BY GiviNG wRITTEN NOTIFICATION TO THE DEpOsiTARY GOvERNMENT, wiTHDRAw FROM THE pREsENT

Convention. The withdrawal shall take effect for such Contracting Party on

THE thirty-first DAY OF DECEMBER OF THE YEAR wHICH FOLLOws THE YEAR IN wHICH

the Depositary Government was notified of the withdrawal.

2. IN CASE OF NOTIFICATION OF WITHDRAWAL BY A CONTRACTING PARTY THE

Depositary Government shall convene a meeting of the Contracting Parties for

THE PURPOSE OF CONSIDERING THE EFFECT OF THE WITHDRAWAL.

Article 29

Language

The present Convention has been drawn up in a single copy in the English

LANGUAGE. OFFICIAL TRANSLATIONS INTO THE DANISH, FINNISH, GERMAN, POLISH,

Russian, and Swedish languages shall be prepared and deposited with the

SIGNED ORIGINAL.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF THE UNDERSIGNED PLENIPOTENTIARIES, BEING DULY AUTHORISED THERETO, HAVE SIGNED THE PRESENT CONVENTION.

DONE AT HELSINKI, THIS TWENTY-SECOND DAY OF MARCH ONE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-FOUR.

For Denmark Holger Hansen

For Finland: Jermu Laine

For the German Democratic Republic:

HANS REICHELT

For the Federal Republic of Germany: Hans-Georg Sachs

For the polish People’s Republic: Jerzy Kusiak

For Sweden:

SVANTE LUNDKVIST

For the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics: E.E. Alexeevsky

ANNEX I

HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES

The protection of the Baltic Sea Area from pollution by the substances listed

BELOw CAN involve THE UsE OF AppROpRIATE TECHNICAL MEANs, pROHIBITIONs AND

regulations of the transport, trade, handling, application, and final deposition of products containing such substances.

1.   DDT (1,1,1-trichloro-2,2-bis-(chlorophenyl)-ethane) and its derivatives DDE AND DDD

2.   PCB s (pOLYCHLORINATED bipHENYLs)

3.   PCT’s (pOLYCHLORINATED TERFHENYLs)

ANNEX II

NOXIOUS SUBSTANCES AND MATERIALS

The following substances and materials are listed for the purposes of Article 6 OF THE present CONvENTION.

The list is valid for substances and materials introduced as waterborne into

THE MARINE ENviRONMENT. THE CONTRACTING PARTIEs sHALL ALsO ENDEAvOUR TO UsE

best practicable means to prevent harmful substances and materials from

BEING INTRODUCED As AIRBORNE TO THE BALTIC SEA AREA.

A.    FOR URGENT CONsiDERATION

1.   Mercury, cadmium, and their compounds

B.

2.   Antimony, arsenic, beryllium, chromium, copper, lead, molybdenum, NICKEL, selenium, TIN, vanadium, ZINC, AND THEIR COMpOUNDs, As wELL As ELEMENTAL pHOspHORUs.

3.   Phenols and their derivatives.

4.   Phthalic acid and its derivatives.

5.   Cyanides

6.   Persistent halogenated hydrocarbons.

7.   POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HYDROCARBONs AND THEIR DERivATivEs.

8.   Persistent toxic organosilicic compounds.

9.   Persistent pesticides, including organophosphoric and organostannic pesticides, herbicides, slimicides and chemicals used for the preservation of wood, timber, wood pulp, cellulose, paper, hides and textiles, not covered by the provisions of Annex I of the present CoNvENTioN.

10. Radioactive materials.

11. Acids, alkalis and surface active agents in high concentrations or big quantities.

12. Oil and wastes of petrochemical and other industries containing lipid- sOLUBLE substances.

13. Substances having adverse effects on the taste and/or smell of products for human consumption from the sea, or effects on taste, smell, colour, transparency or other characteristics of the water seriously reducing its amenity values.

14. Materials and substances which may float, remain in suspension or sink,

AND which MAY sERIOUsLY INTERFERE wiTH ANY LEGITIMATE UsE OF THE sEA.

15. Lignin substances contained in industrial waste waters.

16. The chelators EDTA (ethylenedinitrilotetraacetic acid or ethylene-

DIAMINETETRAACETIC ACID) AND DTPA (DIETHYLENETRIAMINOpENTAACETIC ACID).

ANNEX III

GOALS, CRITERIA AND MEASURES CONCERNING THE PREVENTION OF

LAND-BASED POLLUTION

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 6 OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION THE CONTRACTING PARTIES SHALL ENDEAVOUR TO ATTAIN THE GOALS AND APPLY THE CRITERIA AND MEASURES ENUMERATED IN THIS ANNEX IN ORDER TO CONTROL AND MINIMIZE LAND- BASED POLLUTION OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT OF THE BALTIC SEA AREA.

1.   Municipal sewage shall be treated in an appropriate way so that the amount

OF ORGANIC MATTER DOES NOT CAUSE HARMFUL CHANGES IN THE OXYGEN CONTENT OF THE

Baltic Sea Area and the amount of nutrients does not cause harmful

EUTROPHICATION OF THE BALTIC SEA AREA.

2.   Municipal sewage shall also be treated in an appropriate way to ensure

THAT THE HYGIENIC QUALITY, AND IN PARTICULAR EPIDEMIOLOGICAL AND TOXICOLOGICAL SAFETY, OF THE RECEIVING SEA AREA IS MAINTAINED AT A LEVEL WHICH DOES NOT CAUSE HARM TO HUMAN HEALTH, AND IN A WAY THAT UNDER THE GIVEN COMPOSITION OF THE SEWAGE NO SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF SUCH HARMFUL SUBSTANCES AS ARE LISTED IN

Annexes I and II of the present Convention is formed.

3.    The polluting load of industrial wastes shall be minimized in an

APPROPRIATE WAY IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF HARMFUL SUBSTANCES, ORGANIC MATTER AND NUTRIENTS.

4.    The means referred to in Paragraph 3 of this Annex shall in particular

INCLUDE MINIMIZATION OF PRODUCTION OF WASTES BY PROCESSING TECHNIQUES, RE­CIRCULATION AND RE-USE OF PROCESSING WATER, DEVELOPING OF WATER ECONOMY AND IMPROVEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS FOR WATER TREATMENT. IN THE TREATMENT OF WASTE WATER MECHANICAL, CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL AND OTHER MEASURES, ACCORDING TO THE QUALITY OF THE WASTE WATER, AND AS REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF THE RECIPIENT WATER, SHALL BE APPLIED.

5.    The discharge of cooling water from nuclear power plants or other kinds

OF INDUSTRIES USING LARGE AMOUNTS OF WATER SHALL BE EFFECTED IN A WAY WHICH MINIMIZES THE POLLUTION OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT OF THE BALTIC SEA AREA.

6.    The COMMISSION will define pollution control criteria, objectives for

REDUCTION OF POLLUTION AND OBJECTIVES CONCERNING MEASURES, INCLUDING PROCESSING TECHNIQUES AND WASTE TREATMENT, TO REDUCE POLLUTION OF THE BALTIC

Sea Area.

ANNEX IV

PREVENTION OF POLLUTION FROM SHIPS

REGULATION 1

The Contracting Parties shall, in matters concerning the protection of the Baltic Sea Area from pollution by ships, co-operate

A)  WITHIN THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION, IN PARTICULAR IN PROMOTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RULES,

B)  IN THE EFFECTIVE AND HARMONIZED IMPLEMENTATION OF RULES ADOPTED BY THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION

REGULATION 2

The Contracting Parties shall, without prejudice to Paragraph 4 of Article 4

OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION, AS APPROPRIATE ASSIST EACH OTHER IN INVESTIGATING VIOLATIONS OF THE EXISTING LEGISLATION ON ANTI-POLLUTION MEASURES, WHICH HAVE OCCURRED OR ARE SUSPECTED TO HAVE OCCURRED WITHIN THE BALTIC SEA AREA. THIS ASSISTANCE MAY INCLUDE BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO INSPECTION BY THE COMPETENT AUTHORITIES OF OIL RECORD BOOKS, CARGO RECORD BOOKS, LOG BOOKS AND ENGINE LOG BOOKS AND TAKING OIL SAMPLES FOR ANALYTICAL IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES.

REGULATION 3 DEFINITIONS

For the purposes of this Annex:

1.     Ship means a vessel of any type whatsoever operating in the marine

ENVIRONMENT AND INCLUDES HYDROFOIL BOATS, AIR-CUSHION VEHICLES, SUBMERSIBLES, FLOATING CRAFT AND FIXED OR FLOATING PLATFORMS.

2.    “administration” means the Government of the State under whose authority

THE SHIP IS OPERATING. WITH RESPECT TO A SHIP ENTITLED TO FLY A FLAG OF ANY

State, the Administration is the Government of that State. With respect to

FIXED OR FLOATING PLATFORMS ENGAGED IN EXPLORATION AND EXPLOITATION OF THE SEA-BED AND SUBSOIL THEREOF ADJACENT TO THE COAST OVER WHICH THE COASTAL

State exercises sovereign rights for the purposes of exploration and

EXPLOITATION OF THEIR NATURAL RESOURCES, THE ADMINISTRATION IS THE

Government of the coastal State concerned. ,, ii ii

3.   a) Discharge , in relation to harmful substances or effluents containing

SUCH SUBSTANCES, MEANS ANY RELEASE HOWSOEVER CAUSED FROM A SHIP AND INCLUDES ANY ESCAPE, DISPOSAL, SPILLING, LEAKING, PUMPING, EMITTING OR EMPTYING;

b) Discharge does not include:

I)    DUMPING WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE CONVENTION ON THE PREVENTION

of Marine pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter done at London on 29 December 197 2; or

II)   RELEASE OF HARMFUL SUBSTANCES DIRECTLY ARISING FROM THE EXPLORATION, EXPLOITATION AND ASSOCIATED OFF-SHORE PROCESSING OF SEA-BED MINERAL RESOURCES; OR

III)

RELEASE OF HARMFUL SUBSTANCES FOR PURPOSES OF LEGITIMATE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH INTO POLLUTION ABATEMENT OR CONTROL.

II                                                        II                                            II

4.     Nearest land . The term from the nearest land means from the baseline

FROM WHICH THE TERRITORIAL SEA OF THE TERRITORY IN QUESTION IS ESTABLISHED

in accordance with international law.

„                              II                        II

5.    The term jurisdiction shall be interpreted in accordance with

INTERNATIONAL LAW IN FORCE AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION OR INTERPRETATION OF

this Annex.

6.   The term “MARPOL 73/78” means the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 19 73, as modified by the Protocol of

197 8 RELATINg THERETO.

REGULATION 4 OIL

The CONTRACTiNg Parties, also BEiNg parties to MARPOL 7 3/78, apply in CONFORMITY WITH THAT AgREEMENT THE PROviSIONS OF ANNEx I OF MARPOL 73/78 FOR THE PREvENTION OF POLLUTION BY OIL.

REGULATION 5

NOXIOUS LIQUID SUBSTANCES

The CONTRACTiNg Parties, also BEiNg parties to MARPOL 73/7 8, apply in CONFORMITY WITH THAT AgREEMENT THE PROviSIONS OF ANNEx II OF MARPOL 7 3/78 FOR THE PREvENTION OF POLLUTION BY NOxiOUS Liquid SUBSTANCES CARRIED IN BULk.

REGULATION 6

HARMFUL SUBSTANCES IN PACKAGED FORMS

The CONTRACTiNg Parties, also BEiNg parties to MARPOL 73/7 8, apply in CONFORMITY WITH THAT AgREEMENT THE PROviSIONS OF ANNEx III OF MARPOL 73/78 FOR THE PREvENTION OF POLLUTION BY HARMFUL SUBSTANCES IN PACkAgED FORMS.

REGULATION 7 SEWAGE

The CONTRACTiNg Parties shall apply the provisions of Paragraphs A to D and F

AND G OF THIS REGULATION ON DISCHARGE OF SEWAGE FROM SHIPS WHILE OPERATING IN

the Baltic Sea Area. A. Definitions

For the purposes of this Regulation: 1. Sewage means:

A) DRAINAGE AND OTHER WASTES FROM ANY FORM OF TOILETS, URINALS, AND WC SCUPPERS;

B)  DRAINAGE FROM MEDICAL PREMISES (DISPENSARY, SICk BAY, ETC) viA WASH BASINS, WASH TUBS AND SCUPPERS LOCATED IN SUCH PREMISES;

C)            DRAINAGE FROM SPACES CONTAINING LiviNG ANIMALS; OR

D)            OTHER WASTE WATERS WHEN MixED WITH THE DRAINAGES DEFINED ABOvE.

2. “holding tank” means a tank used for the collection and storage of sewage.

B.  Application

The provisions of this Regulation shall apply to:

A)  SHIPS OF 200 TONS GROSS TONNAGE AND ABOvE;

B)  SHIPS OF LESS THAN 200 TONS GROSS TONNAGE WHICH ARE CERTIFIED TO CARRY MORE THAN 10 PERSONS;

C)  SHIPS WHICH DO NOT HAvE A MEASURED GROSS TONNAGE AND ARE CERTIFIED TO CARRY MORE THAN 10 PERSONS.

C.  Discharge of sewage

1.   Subject to the provisions of Paragraph D of this Regulation, the discharge

OF SEWAGE INTO THE SEA IS PROHIBITED, ExCEPT WHEN:

A)  THE SHIP IS DISCHARGING COMMINUTED AND DISINFECTED SEWAGE USING A SYSTEM APPROvED BY THE ADMINISTRATION AT A DISTANCE OF MORE THAN 4 NAUTICAL MILES FROM THE NEAREST LAND, OR SEWAGE WHICH IS NOT COMMINUTED OR DISINFECTED AT A DISTANCE OF MORE THAN 12 NAUTICAL MILES FROM THE NEAREST LAND, PROviDED THAT IN ANY CASE THE SEWAGE THAT HAS BEEN STORED IN HOLDING TANKS SHALL NOT BE DISCHARGED INSTANTANEOUSLY BUT AT A MODERATE RATE WHEN THE SHIP IS EN ROUTE AND PROCEEDING AT NOT LESS THAN 4 KNOTS; OR

B)           THE SHIP HAS IN OPERATION A SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT WHICH HAS BEEN

approved by the Administration, and

I)    THE TEST RESULTS OF THE PLANT ARE LAID DOWN IN A DOCUMENT CARRIED BY THE SHIP;

II)   ADDITIONALLY, THE EFFLUENT SHALL NOT PRODUCE viSIBLE FLOATING SOLIDS IN, NOR CAUSE DISCOLOURATION OF THE SURROUNDING WATER; OR

C)  THE SHIP IS SITUATED IN THE WATERS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF A STATE AND IS DISCHARGING SEWAGE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUCH LESS STRINGENT REQUIREMENTS AS MAY BE IMPOSED BY SUCH STATE.

2.   When the sewage is mixed with wastes or waste water having different

DISCHARGE REQUIREMENTS, THE MORE STRINGENT REQUIREMENTS SHALL APPLY.

D.  Exceptions

Paragraph C of this Regulation shall not apply to:

A)  THE DISCHARGE OF SEWAGE FROM A SHIP NECESSARY FOR THE PURPOSE OF SECURING THE SAFETY OF A SHIP AND THOSE ON BOARD OR SAviNG LIFE AT SEA; OR

B)  THE DISCHARGE OF SEWAGE RESULTING FROM DAMAGE TO A SHIP OR ITS EQUIPMENT IF ALL REASONABLE PRECAUTIONS HAvE BEEN TAKEN BEFORE AND AFTER THE OCCURRENCE OF THE DAMAGE FOR THE PURPOSE OF PREvENTING OR MINIMIZING THE DISCHARGE.

E.  Reception facilities

1. Each Contracting Party undertakes to ensure the provision of facilities at

ITS PORTS AND TERMINALS OF THE BALTIC SEA AREA FOR THE RECEPTION OF SEWAGE, WITHOUT CAUSING UNDUE DELAY TO SHIPS, ADEQUATE TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE SHIP USING THEM.

2. TO ENABLE PIPES OF RECEPTION FACILITIES TO BE CONNECTED WITH THE ship’S DISCHARGE PIPELINE, BOTH LINES SHALL BE FITTED WITH A STANDARD DISCHARGE CONNECTION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FOLLOWING TABLE:

STANDARD DIMENSIONS OF FLANGES FOR DISCHARGE CONNECTIONS

Description

Dimension

Outside diameter

210 MM

INNER DIAMETER

Bolt circle diameter

According to pipe outside diameter 170 MM

Slots in flange

4 HOLES 18 MM IN DIAMETER EQUI- DISTANTLY PLACED ON A BOLT CIRCLE OF THE ABOVE DIAMETER, SLOTTED TO THE FLANGE PERIPHERY. THE SLOT WIDTH TO BE 18 MM

Flange thickness

16 MM

Bolts and nuts:

QUANTITY AND DIAMETER

4, EACH OF 16 MM IN DIAMETER AND OF SUITABLE LENGTH

The flange is designed to accept pipes up to a maximum internal diameter

OF 100 MM AND SHALL BE OF STEEL OR OTHER EQUIVALENT MATERIAL HAVING A FLAT FACE. THIS FLANGE, TOGETHER WITH A SUITABLE GASKET, SHALL BE SUITABLE FOR A SERVICE PRESSURE OF 6 KG/ CM3.

For ships having a moulded depth of 5 METERS and less, the inner diameter of THE DISCHARGE CONNECTION MAY BE 38 MILLIMETRES.

F. Surveys

1. Ships which are engaged in international voyages in the Baltic Sea Area

SHALL BE SUBJECT TO SURVEYS SPECIFIED BELOW:

A) An initial survey before the ship is put in service or before the

Certificate required under Paragraph G of this Regulation is issued

FOR THE FIRST TIME, WHICH SHALL INCLUDE A SURVEY OF THE SHIP WHICH SHALL

BE SUCH AS TO ENSURE:

I)    WHEN THE SHIP IS EQUIPPED WITH A SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT THE PLANT SHALL MEET OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS BASED ON STANDARDS AND THE TEST METHODS RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMISSION* AND SHALL BE APPROVED BY THE ADMINISTRATION;

II)   WHEN THE SHIP IS FITTED WITH A SYSTEM TO COMMINUTE AND DISINFECT THE SEWAGE, SUCH A SYSTEM SHALL MEET OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS BASED ON STANDARDS AND THE TEST METHODS RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMISSION* AND SHALL BE APPROVED BY THE ADMINISTRATION;

III) WHEN THE SHIP IS EQUIPPED WITH A HOLDING TANK THE CAPACITY OF SUCH TANK SHALL BE TO THE SATISFACTION OF THE ADMINISTRATION FOR THE RETENTION OF ALL SEWAGE HAviNG REGARD TO THE OPERATION OF THE SHIP, THE NUMBER OF PERSONS ON BOARD AND OTHER RELEvANT FACTORS.

The holding tank shall meet operational requirements based on

STANDARDS AND THE TEST METHODS RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMISSION* AND SHALL BE APPROvED BY THE ADMINISTRATION; AND Iv) THAT THE SHIP IS EQUIPPED WITH A PIPELINE TO DISCHARGE SEWAGE TO A RECEPTION FACILITY. THE PIPELINE SHOULD BE FITTED WITH A STANDARD SHORE CONNECTION IN ACCORDANCE WITH PARAGRAPH E OR FOR SHIPS IN DEDICATED TRADES ALTERNATivELY WITH OTHER STANDARDS WHICH CAN BE ACCEPTED BY THE ADMINISTRATION SUCH AS QUICK CONNECTION COUPLINGS.

This survey shall be such as to ensure that equipment, fittings,

ARRANGEMENTS AND MATERIAL FULLY COMPLY WITH THE APPLICABLE REQUIREMENTS

of this Regulation.

The Administration shall recognize the “certificate of Type Test” for

SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANTS ISSUED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF OTHER CONTRACTING

Parties.

b) Periodical surveys at intervals specified by the Administration but not exceeding five years which shall be such as to ensure that the

EQUIPMENT, FITTINGS, ARRANGEMENTS AND MATERIAL FULLY COMPLY WITH THE APPLICABLE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS REGULATION.

2.   Surveys of the ship as regards enforcement of the provisions of this Regulation shall be carried out by officers of the Administration. The Administration may, however, entrust the surveys either to surveyors

NOMINATED FOR THE PURPOSE OR TO ORGANIZATIONS RECOGNIZED BY IT. IN EvERY

case the Administration concerned fully guarantees the completeness and

EFFICIENCY OF THE SURvEYS.

3.   After any survey of the ship has been completed, no significant change

SHALL BE MADE IN THE EQUIPMENT, FITTINGS, ARRANGEMENTS, OR MATERIAL COvERED BY THE SURvEY WITHOUT THE APPROvAL OF THE ADMINISTRATION, EXCEPT THE DIRECT REPLACEMENT OF SUCH EQUIPMENT OR FITTINGS.

G. CERTIFICATE

1.   A Sewage Pollution Prevention Certificate shall be issued to ships

CERTIFIED TO CARRY MORE THAN 50 PERSONS WHICH ARE ENGAGED IN INTERNATIONAL

voyages in the Baltic Sea Area, after survey in accordance with the provisions of Paragraph F of this Regulation.

2.   Such Certificate shall be issued either by the Administration or by any

PERSON OR ORGANIZATION DULY AUTHORIZED BY IT. IN EvERY CASE THE

Administration assumes full responsibility for the Certificate.

3.   The Sewage Prevention Certificate shall be drawn up in the form

CORRESPONDING TO THE MODEL GivEN IN THE APPENDIX TO ANNEX IV OF MARPOL 73/78, AS THE CONTRACTING PARTIES ALSO BEING PARTIES TO MARPOL 7 3/78. IF THE LANGUAGE IS NOR ENGLISH, THE TEXT SHALL INCLUDE A TRANSLATION INTO ENGLISH.

4.   A Sewage Pollution Prevention Certificate shall be issued for a period

CERTIFIED BY THE ADMINISTRATION, WHICH SHALL NOT EXCEED FivE YEARS.

* Reference is made to HELCOM Recommendation 1/5

5. A CERTIFICATE SHALL CEASE TO BE VALID IF SIGNIFICANT ALTERNATIONS HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN THE EQUIPMENT, FITTINGS, ARRANGEMENT OR MATERIAL REQUIRED WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE ADMINISTRATION EXCEPT THE DIRECT REPLACEMENT OF SUCH EQUIPMENT OR FITTINGS.

REGULATION 8 GARBAGE

The Contracting Parties, also being parties to MARPOL 73/7 8, apply in

CONFORMITY WITH THAT AGREEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF ANNEX V OF MARPOL 73/78 FOR THE PREVENTION OF POLLUTION BY GARBAGE FROM SHIPS.

REGULATION 9 *)

INCINERATION OF SHIP-GENERATED WASTES ON BOARD SHIPS

A.   Definition

For the purpose of this Regulation “incineration of ship-generated wastes on

BOARD SHIPS MEANS THE DELIBERATE COMBUSTION OF SHIP-GENERATED WASTES, INCIDENTAL TO THE NORMAL OPERATION OF SHIPS, FOR THE PURPOSE OF THERMAL DESTRUCTION OF SUCH WASTES.

B.   PROHIBITION

The Contracting Parties shall prohibit any incineration of ship-generated

WASTES ON BOARD SHIPS, IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR NATIONALITY, OPERATING IN THEIR TERRITORIAL SEAS.

*) The Regulation enters into force on 1 January 1995

ANNEXV

EXCEPTIONS FROM THE GENERAL PROHIBITION OF DUMPING OF WASTE AND OTHER MATTER IN THE BALTIC SEA AREA

REGULATION 1

IN ACCORDANCE WITH PARAGRAPH 2 OF ARTICLE 9 OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION THE

PROHIBITION OF DUMPING SHALL NOT APPLY TO THE DISPOSAL AT SEA OF DREDGED SPOILS

PROVIDED THAT:

1.   They do not contain significant quantities and concentrations of substances

TO BE DEFINED BY THE COMMISSION AND LISTED IN ANNEXES I AND II OF THE PRESENT

Convention; and

2.    The dumping is carried out under a prior special permit given by the

APPROPRIATE NATIONAL AUTHORITY, EITHER

A)  WITHIN THE AREA OF THE TERRITORIAL SEA OF THE CONTRACTING PARTY; OR

B)  OUTSIDE THE AREA OF THE TERRITORIAL SEA, WHENEVER NECESSARY, AFTER PRIOR CONSULTATIONS IN THE COMMISSION.

When issuing such permits the Contracting Party shall comply with the

provisions in Regulation 3 of this Annex.

REGULATION 2

1.   The appropriate national authority referred to in Paragraph 2 of Article

9 OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION SHALL:

A)  ISSUE SPECIAL PERMITS PROVIDED FOR IN REGULATION 1 OF THIS ANNEX;

B)  KEEP RECORDS OF THE NATURE AND QUANTITIES OF MATTER PERMITTED TO BE DUMPED AND THE LOCATION, TIME AND METHOD OF DUMPING;

C)  COLLECT AVAILABLE INFORMATION CONCERNING THE NATURE AND QUANTITIES OF MATTER THAT HAS BEEN DUMPED IN THE BALTIC SEA AREA RECENTLY AND UP TO THE COMING INTO FORCE OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION, PROVIDED THAT THE DUMPED MATTER IN QUESTION COULD BE LIABLE TO CONTAMINATE WATER OR ORGANISMS IN THE BALTIC SEA AREA, TO BE CAUGHT BY FISHING EQUIPMENT, OR OTHERWISE TO GIVE RISE TO HARM, AND THE LOCATION, TIME AND METHOD OF SUCH DUMPING.

2.    The appropriate national authority shall issue special permits in

ACCORDANCE WITH REGULATION 1 OF THIS ANNEX IN RESPECT OF MATTER INTENDED

FOR DUMPING IN THE BALTIC SEA AREA:

A)  LOADED IN ITS TERRITORY;

B)  LOADED BY A VESSEL OR AIRCRAFT REGISTERED IN ITS TERRITORY OR FLYING ITS FLAG, WHEN THE LOADING OCCURS IN THE TERRITORY OF A STATE NOT PARTY TO THE PRESENT CONVENTION.

3.   When issuing permits under Sub-Paragraph 1. a) above, the appropriate

NATIONAL AUTHORITY SHALL COMPLY WITH REGULATION 3 OF THIS ANNEX, TOGETHER

WITH SUCH ADDITIONAL CRITERIA, MEASURES AND REQUIREMENTS AS THEY MAY

CONSIDER RELEVANT.

4.   Each Contracting Party shall report to the Commission, and where

APPROPRIATE TO OTHER CONTRACTING PARTIES, THE INFORMATION SPECIFIED IN SUB­PARAGRAPH 1 c) of Regulation 2 of this Annex. The procedure to be followed

AND THE NATURE OF SUCH REPORTS SHALL BE DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSION.

REGULATION 3

When issuing special permits according to Regulation 1 of this Annex the

APPROPRIATE NATIONAL AUTHORITY SHALL TAKE INTO ACCOUNT:

1.   Quantity of dredged spoils to be dumped.

2.    The content of the matter referred to in Annexes I and II of the present

Convention.

3.   Location (e.g. co-ordinates of the dumping area, depth and distance from

COAST) AND ITS RELATION TO AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST (E.G. AMENITY AREAS,

SPAWNING, NURSERY AND FISHING AREAS, ETC.)

4.   Water characteristics, if dumping is carried out outside the territorial

SEA, CONSISTING OF:

A)  HYDROGRAPHIC PROPERTIES (E.G. TEMPERATURE, SALINITY, DENSITY, PROFILE);

B)  CHEMICAL PROPERTIES (E.G. PH, DISSOLvED OXYGEN, NUTRIENTS);

C)  BIOLOGICAL PROPERTIES (E.G. PRIMARY PRODUCTION AND BENTHIC ANIMALS).

The data should include sufficient information on the annual mean levels

AND THE SEASONAL vARIATION OF THE PROPERTIES MENTIONED IN THIS PARAGRAPH.

5.    The existence and effects of other dumping which may have been carried

OUT IN THE DUMPING AREA.

REGULATION 4

Reports made in accordance with Paragraph 5 of Article 9 of the present

Convention shall include the following information:

1.   Location of dumping, characteristics of dumped material, and counter

MEASURES TAKEN:

A)  LOCATION (E.g. CO-ORDINATES OF THE ACCIDENTAL DUMPING SITE, DEPTH AND DISTANCE FROM THE COAST);

B)  METHOD OF DEPOSIT;

C)  QUANTITY AND COMPOSITION OF DUMPED MATTER AS WELL AS ITS PHYSICAL (E.G. SOLUBILITY AND DENSITY), CHEMICAL AND BIOCHEMICAL (E.G. OXYGEN DEMAND, NUTRIENTS), AND BIOLOGICAL PROPERTIES (E.G. PRESENCE OF viRUSES, BACTERIA, YEASTS, PARASITES);

D)  toxicity;

E)  CONTENT OF THE SUBSTANCES REFERRED TO IN ANNEXES I AND II OF THE PRESENT CONvENTION;

F)  DISPERSAL CHARACTERISTICS (E.G. EFFECTS OF CURRENTS AND WIND, AND HORIZONTAL TRANSPORT AND vERTICAL MIXING);

G)  WATER CHARACTERISTICS (E.G. TEMPERATURE, PH, REDOX CONDITIONS, SALINITY AND STRATIFICATION);

H)  BOTTOM CHARACTERISTICS (E.G. TOPOGRAPHY, GEOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS AND REDOX CONDITIONS);

I)    COUNTER MEASURES TAKEN AND FOLLOW-UP OPERATIONS CARRIED OUT OR PLANNED.

2.    General considerations and conditions:

A)  POSSIBLE EFFECTS ON AMENITIES (E.G. FLOATING OR STRANDED MATERIAL, TURBIDITY, OBJECTIONABLE ODOUR, DISCOLOURATION AND FOAMING);

B)  POSSIBLE EFFECTS ON MARINE LIFE, FISH AND SHELLFISH CULTURE, FISH STOCKS AND FISHERIES, SEAWEED HARvESTING AND CULTURES; AND

C)  POSSIBLE EFFECTS ON OTHER USES OF THE SEA (E.G. IMPAIRMENT OF WATER QUALITY FOR INDUSTRIAL USE, UNDERWATER CORROSION OF STRUCTURES, INTERFERENCE WITH SHIP OPERATIONS FROM FLOATING MATERIALS, INTERFERENCE WITH FISHING OR NAviGATION AND PROTECTION OF AREAS OF SPECIAL IMPORTANCE FOR SCIENTIFIC OR CONSERvATION PURPOSES).

ANNEX VI

CO-OPERATION IN COMBATTING MARINE POLLUTION REGULATION 1

For the purpose of this Annex:

1.   “ship” means a vessel of any type whatsoever operating in the marine

ENVIRONMENT AND INCLUDES HYDROFOIL BOATS, AIR-CUSHION VEHICLES, SUBMERSIBLES, FLOATING CRAFT AND FIXED OR FLOATING PLATFORMS.

2.    “administration” means the Government of the State under whose authority

THE SHIP IS OPERATING. WITH RESPECT TO A SHIP ENTITLED TO FLY A FLAG OF ANY

State, the Administration is the Government of that State. With respect to

FIXED OR FLOATING PLATFORMS ENGAGED IN EXPLORATION AND EXPLOITATION OF THE SEA-BED AND SUBSOIL THEREOF ADJACENT TO THE COAST OVER WHICH THE COASTAL

State exercises sovereign rights for the purposes of exploration and

EXPLOITATION OF THEIR NATURAL RESOURCES, THE ADMINISTRATION IS THE

Government of the coastal State concerned.

,,             ii                   ii

3.   a) Discharge , in relation to harmful substances or effluents containing

SUCH SUBSTANCES, MEANS ANY RELEASE HOWSOEVER CAUSED FROM A SHIP AND INCLUDES ANY ESCAPE, DISPOSAL, SPILLING, LEAKING, PUMPING, EMITTING OR EMPTYING.

b) Discharge does not include:

I)    DUMPING WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE CONVENTION OF THE PREVENTION

of Marine pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter done at London on 29 December 197 2; or

II)   RELEASE OF HARMFUL SUBSTANCES DIRECTLY ARISING FROM THE EXPLORATION, EXPLOITATION AND ASSOCIATED OFF-SHORE PROCESSING OF SEA-BED MINERAL RESOURCES; OR

III)  RELEASE OF HARMFUL SUBSTANCES FOR PURPOSES OF LEGITIMATE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH INTO POLLUTION ABATEMENT OR CONTROL.

REGULATION 2

The Contracting Parties undertake to maintain ability to combat spillages of

OIL AND OTHER HARMFUL SUBSTANCES ON THE SEA. THIS ABILITY SHALL INCLUDE ADEQUATE EQUIPMENT, SHIPS AND MANPOWER PREPARED FOR OPERATIONS IN COASTAL WATERS AS WELL AS ON THE HIGH SEA.

REGULATION 3

The Contracting Parties shall, without prejudice to Paragraph 4 of Article 4

OF THE PRESENT CONVENTION, DEVELOP AND APPLY INDIVIDUALLY OR IN CO-OPERATION, SURVEILLANCE ACTIVITIES COVERING THE BALTIC SEA AREA, IN ORDER TO SPOT AND MONITOR OIL AND OTHER SUBSTANCES RELEASED INTO THE SEA.

REGULATION 4

IN THE CASE OF LOSS OVERBOARD OF HARMFUL SUBSTANCES IN PACKAGES, FREIGHT CONTAINERS, PORTABLE TANKS, OR ROAD AND RAIL TANK WAGONS, THE CONTRACTING PARTIES SHALL CO-OPERATE IN THE SALVAGE AND RECOVERY OF SUCH PACKAGES, CONTAINERS OR TANKS SO AS TO MINIMIZE THE DANGER TO THE ENVIRONMENT.

REGULATION 5

1.   The Contracting Parties, also being parties to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto (MARPOL 73/78), apply in conformity

WITH THAT AgREEMENT THE PROviSIONS OF ARTICLE 8 AND PROTOCOL I TO MARPOL 73/78 ON REPORTS ON INCIDENTS INvOLviNG HARMFUL SUBSTANCES. THESE

provisions shall also be applied with regard to significant spillages of oil

OR OTHER HARMFUL SUBSTANCES IN CASES NOT COvERED BY ARTICLE 8 OF MARPOL 73/7 8.

2.    The Contracting Parties shall request masters of ships and pilots of

AIRCRAFT TO REPORT WITHOUT DELAY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS SYSTEM ON SIGNIFICANT SPILLAGES OF OIL OR OTHER HARMFUL SUBSTANCES OBSERvED AT SEA.

Such reports should as far as possible contain the following data: time,

POSITION, WIND AND SEA CONDITIONS, AND KIND, EXTENT AND PROBABLE SOURCE OF THE SPILL OBSERvED.

REGULATION 6

Each Contracting Party shall request masters of ships flying its flag to provide, in case of an incident, on request by the proper authorities, such

DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THE SHIP AND ITS CARGO WHICH IS RELEvANT TO ACTIONS FOR PREvENTINg OR COMBATTING POLLUTION OF THE SEA, AND TO CO-OPERATE WITH THESE AUTHORITIES.

REGULATION 7

1.   a) The Contracting Parties shall as soon as possible agree bilaterally or

MULTILATERALLY ON THOSE REGIONS OF THE BALTIC SEA AREA IN WHICH THEY WILL TAKE ACTION FOR COMBATTING OR SALvAGE ACTiviTIES WHENEvER A SIGNIFICANT SPILLAGE OF OIL OR OTHER HARMFUL SUBSTANCES OR ANY INCIDENTS CAUSING OR LIKELY TO CAUSE POLLUTION WITHIN THE BALTIC SEA

Area have occurred or are likely to occur. Such agreements shall not

PREJUDICE ANY OTHER AGREEMENTS CONCLUDED BETWEEN CONTRACTING

Parties concerning the same subject. The neighbouring States shall

ENSURE THE HARMONIZATION OF THE DIFFERENT AGREEMENTS. THE CONTRACTING

Parties shall inform each other about such agreements.

The Contracting Parties may ask the Commission for assistance to reach

AGREEMENT, IF NEEDED.

b) The Contracting Party within whose region a situation as described in Regulation 1 of this Annex occurs shall make the necessary assessments

OF THE SITUATION AND TAKE ADEQUATE ACTION IN ORDER TO AvOID OR MINIMIZE SUBSEQUENT POLLUTION EFFECTS AND SHALL KEEP DRIFTING PARTS OF THE SPILLAGE UNDER OBSERvATION UNTIL NO FURTHER ACTION IS CALLED FOR.

2.   In the case that such a spillage is drifting or is likely to drift into a

REGION, WHERE ANOTHER CONTRACTING PARTY SHOULD TAKE ACTION FOR PURPOSES AS DEFINED IN SUB-PARAGRAPH 1. A) OF THIS REGULATION, THAT PARTY SHALL WITHOUT DELAY BE INFORMED OF THE SITUATION AND THE ACTIONS THAT HAvE BEEN TAKEN.

REGULATION 8

A CONTRACTING PARTY REQUIRING ASSISTANCE FOR COMBATTING SPILLAGES OF OIL OR OTHER HARMFUL SUBSTANCE AT SEA IS ENTITLED TO CALL FOR ASSISTANCE BY OTHER CONTRACTING PARTIES, STARTING WITH THOSE WHO SEEM LIKELY ALSO TO BE AFFECTED BY THE SPILLAGE. CONTRACTING PARTIES CALLED UPON FOR ASSISTANCE IN ACCORDANCE

with this Regulation shall use their best endeavours to bring such assistance. REGULATION 9

1.   The Contracting Parties shall provide information to the other

CONTRACTING PARTIES AND THE COMMISSION ABOUT

A)  THEIR NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR DEALING WITH SPILLAGES AT SEA OF OIL AND OTHER HARMFUL SUBSTANCES;

B)  NATIONAL REGULATIONS AND OTHER MATTERS WHICH HAVE A DIRECT BEARING ON COMBATTING POLLUTION AT SEA BY OIL AND OTHER HARMFUL SUBSTANCES;

C)  THE COMPETENT AUTHORITY RESPONSIBLE FOR RECEIVING AND DISPATCHING REPORTS OF POLLUTION AT SEA BY OIL AND OTHER HARMFUL SUBSTANCES;

D)  THE COMPETENT AUTHORITIES FOR DEALING WITH QUESTIONS CONCERNING MEASURES OF MUTUAL ASSISTANCE, INFORMATION AND CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE CONTRACTING PARTIES ACCORDING TO THIS ANNEX;

E)           ACTIONS TAKEN IN ACCORDANCE WITH REGULATION 8 OF THIS ANNEX.

2.    The Contracting Parties shall exchange information of research and

DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AND RESULTS CONCERNING WAYS IN WHICH POLLUTION BY OIL AND OTHER HARMFUL SUBSTANCES AT SEA MAY BE DEALT WITH AND EXPERIENCES IN COMBATTING SUCH POLLUTION.

REGULATION 10

The authorities referred to in Sub-Paragraph 1. d) of Regulation 9 of this Annex shall establish direct contact and co-operate in operational matters.

LIST OF AMENDMENTS AND CORRECTION OF PRINTING ERROR

Article 1, 3rd line

A PRINTING ERROR IN THE GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATION OF THE PARALLEL OF THE SkAW IN THE SKAGERRAK HAS BEEN CORRECTED (FORMERLY 57* 44’8″). *)

Annex I

One additional substance has been added to the list of hazardous substances

AS POINT 3 IN ACCORDANCE WITH HELCOM RECOMMENDATION 4/1 ADOPTED 1 FEBRUARY 1983.

Annex IV; Regulations 1-5 and Appendices I-IV

Regulations 1-5 amended and Appendices I-IV deleted according to HELCOM Recommendation 8/4 adopted 25 February 1987. These amendments entered into force 6 April 1987 and supersede earlier amendments to Regulations 4 and 5 and the Appendices to Annex IV (1980, 1984 and 1985).

Annex IV; Regulation 8

Regulation 8 amended in accordance with HELCOM Recommendation 10/9 adopted 15 February 1989. The amendment entered into force 1 October 1989.

Annex VI; Regulation 5 and the Appendix

Regulation 5 amended and the Appendix deleted in accordance with HELCOM Recommendation 8/5 adopted 25 February 1987. These amendments entered into force 6 April 1987.

Annex IV; Regulation 7

Regulation 7 of Annex IV amended in accordance with HELCOM Recommendation 11/8 adopted 14 February 1990. This Recommendation supersedes HELCOM Recommendation 1/15 adopted 7 May 1980. These amendments entered into force

3 November 1990.

Articles 15, 26 and 27

Amendments to Articles 15, 26 and 27 concerning the accession to the Convention by the European Economic Community entered into force on 3 February 1993 (note No. NC-44 dated 9 November 1992 from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland).

Annex IV, Regulation 6

Regulation 6 amended in accordance with HELCOM Recommendation 13/14, adopted 4 February 1992. The amendment entered into force 1 July 1992.

Annex IV, Regulation 9

Regulation 9 added in accordance with HELCOM Recommendation 14/8, adopted

4  February 1993. The Regulation enters into force 1 January 1995.

*)            The correction communicated to the Embassies in Helsinki of the

CONTRACTING PARTIES TO THE HELSINKI CONvENTION BY NOTE NO.

30620 dated 28 January 1983 from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.

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