Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - International Maritime Conference.

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asked the Minister for Transport and Power if he will state how Ireland was represented at the recent General Assembly of the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organisation; what were the chief topics discussed; what countries were elected to the Council of IMCO; and how many conventions adopted by IMCO have been ratified by the Government.

This country was represented by an officer of my Department at the 7th regular session of the Assembly of the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organisation held in London from the 5th to 15th October, 1971. The main topics considered at the Assembly were—

(i) amendments to the Convention for the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea by Oil, 1954, which were adopted, as well as a number of recommendations dealing with other measures for preventing or limiting pollution of the sea, which were also adopted;

(ii) amendments to the Convention for Safety of Life at Sea, 1960, which were adopted. The Assembly also reached agreement on a total of 17 other measures aimed at maritime safety;

(iii) arrangement of future conferences. These would cover compensation for oil pollution damage, the carriage of nuclear substances, and the carriage of containers by more than one mode of transport. A conference on Maritime Pollution, to be held in 1973, is intended to prepare an international agreement for placing restraints on contamination of the sea, land and air by ships operating in the maritime environment.

The countries elected to the Council of IMCO were—Algeria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, USSR, United Kingdom and USA.

Seven conventions adopted by IMCO have been ratified by this country.