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Thursday, 25 November 1971
Page: 3753


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

What instruments were adopted at the ministerial conference of the Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organisation in London in October 1971.


Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

No instruments as such were drawn up by the Seventh Session of the Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organisation Assembly held in London in October 1971, but a number of resolutions were adopted. Apart from resolutions of a procedural nature, and some minor corrections to the International Convention on Load Lines, the main resolutions were on the following subjects:

Two resolutions relating to the International

Convention for Safety of Life at Sea 1960-

(a)   traffic separation schemes for narrow and congested channels including Bass Strait;

(b)   performance standards for radio direction systems;

(c)   performance standards for echo sounding equipment;

(d)   radio equipment used for search and rescue;

(e)   fishing vessel stability and crew safety:

(f)   fire safety requirements for tankers;

(g)   safety requirements for unmanned engine rooms.

Three resolutions relating to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea by Oil 1954 as amended in 1962 -

(a)   protection of the. Great Barrier Reef by prohibiting discharge of oily mixtures within 50 miles of the easterly edge of the reef;

(b)   reduction of marine pollution hazards by the limitation of tank size in tankers; and

(c)   reduction of marine pollution hazards by the introduction of efficient oily water separators and oil content meters on ships.







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