Written Answers. - International Agreements.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

228 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources the proposed international multilateral agreements under the auspices of his Department being negotiated or prepared; the international organisation, if any, in each case through whose machinery the agreement is being negotiated; if it is proposed to ratify or accede to the agreement, if adopted; if so, if legislation will be required; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19541/00]

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

229 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources the international multilateral agreements under the auspices of his Department which have not been signed by the State; the date and place it was opened for signature in each case; the international organisation, if any, through whose machinery the agreement was negotiated; if it is proposed to sign the agreement; if so, when; if legislation is required; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19556/00]

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

230 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources the international multilateral agreements under the auspices of his Department which have been signed but not ratified or acceded to by the State; the date and place it was opened for signature in each case; the international organisation, if any, through whose machinery the agreement was negotiated; if it is proposed to ratify or accede to the agreement; if so, when; if legislation is required; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19571/00]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 228 to 230, inclusive, together.

The information requested by the Deputy in relation to each of the above parliamentary questions is set out as follows:

1.Agreements under negotiation: Agreement on the terms of an International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage is expected to be reached at a conference under the auspices of the IMO in March 2001; it is proposed to ratify the agreement; and legislation will be required.

2.Agreements which have not yet been signed by the State:

Name of Agreement

Date and place it was opened for signature

International organisation through which it was negotiated

Is it proposed to ratify agreement

When will it be ratified

Is legislation required

1988 Protocol to Safety of Life at Sea Convention

1 March 1989 – 28 February 1990 London

International Maritime Organisation

Yes

Ireland expects to ratify this year

No*

1988 Load Line Protocol

1 March 1989 – 28 February 1990 London

International Maritime Organisation

Yes

Ireland expects to ratify this year

Yes –Statutory Instrument

1993 Torremolinos Protocol relating to the Torremolinos International Convention for the safety of fishing vessels

1 July 1993 – 30 June 1994 London

International Maritime Organisation

Yes

Ireland expects to ratify this year

No*

1995 International Convention on Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers

1 January 1996 – 30 September 1996 London

International Maritime Organisation

Yes

Ireland expects to ratify this year

No*

1996 International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea

1 October 1996 – 30 September 1997 London

IMO

Yes

Possibly 2001

Yes – Sea Pollution (Hazardous and Noxious Substances) (Civil Liability and Compensation) Bill, 2000, was circulated on 18 April 2000

1996 Protocol to the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, 1976

1 October 1996 – 30 September 1997 London

IMO

Yes

Possibly 2001

Yes – Sea Pollution (HNS) (Civil Liability and Compensation) Bill, 2000 as set out above.

Annex IV of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 1973 as modified by the Protocol of 1978 thereto (MARPOL)

1 June 1978 to 31 May 1979 London

IMO

Yes

Possibly 2001

Statutory Instrument

1997 Protocol to amend the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973 as modified by the Protocol of 1978 thereto (MARPOL)

1 January 1998 – 31 December 1998 London

IMO

Yes

Possibly 2001

Statutory Instrument

*The agreements outlined are already being implemented in the State by virtue of EU directives or on a non-statutory basis and steps are in train to have them formally ratified.
3.Agreements which have been signed but not ratified

Name of Agreement

Date and place it was opened for signature

International organisation through which it was negotiated

Is it proposed to ratify agreement

When will it be ratified

Is legislation required

1990 International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness Response and Co–operation

30 November 1990 – 29 November 1991 London

IMO

Yes

Ireland expects to ratify this year.

No. This was given effect to in Irish law through the Sea Pollution (Amendment) Act, 1999 (No.18 of 1999)

2000 Protocol on Preparedness, Response and Co-operation to Pollution Incidents by Hazardous and Noxious Substances

15 March 2000 – 14 March 2001 London

IMO

Yes

Possibly 2001

Yes

Name of Agreement

Date and place it was opened for signature

International organisation through which it was negotiated

Is it proposed to ratify agreement

When will it be ratified

Is legislation required

1996 Protocol to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, 1972

1 April 1997 – 31 March 1998 London

IMO

Yes

Ireland expects to ratify this year

No. The dumping at Sea Act, 1996, is sufficient

Agreement relating to the conservation and management of straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish stocks.

4 December, 1995 – New York.

United Nations

Yes. There is a mixed competence dimension to the ratification of the Agreement between the Community and member states which involves each member state separately finalising ratification arrangement at a national level prior to community ratification.

By end of year.

Yet to be decided