IMSO: Acceptance of Amendments to the IMSO Convention by Montenegro and the Slovak Republic

August 20, 2010 at 8:54 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Source – IMSO:

18 August 2010

The IMSO Director General, Captain Esteban Pacha-Vicente, today announced that, on 19 July and 2 August 2010, respectively, Montenegro and the Slovak Republic accepted the amendments to the IMSO Convention which were adopted at the Twentieth Session of the IMSO Assembly on 2 October 2008. These acceptances were executed by the transmission to the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), as Depositary of the IMSO Convention, of formal acceptance signed, respectively, by the President of Montenegro and by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic. At the same time, the Government of the Slovak Republic formally withdrew its acceptance of the 2006 amendments.

In summary, the amendments relate to the extension of oversight of the GMDSS to other potential satellite providers, and the duties and responsibilities of IMSO as LRIT Coordinator appointed by IMO.

The amendments entered into force on the basis of provisional application from 6 October 2008, pending their formal entry into force. The amendments will enter formally into force 120 days after receipt of notice from two-thirds of States which were IMSO Parties at the time of adoption, at which time they will become binding for all IMSO Parties. There are at present four acceptances of the amendments.

At its Twenty-First Session, the IMSO Assembly decided to urge all Parties to use their best endeavours to accept the amendments in accordance with Article 18 of the IMSO Convention as soon as possible to expedite their formal entry into force. The Director General today reaffirmed his commitment to provide any assistance to Member States in this matter.

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