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II.3.60 PROTOCOL OF 1988 RELATING TO THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON LOAD LINES, 1966

The Ratification of Maritime Conventions

Chapter I.3.60

PROTOCOL OF 1988 RELATING TO THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON LOAD LINES, 1966, AS AMENDED

Note: The present text incorporates the original text as modified by the following amendments:

  Date of entry
  into force
—2003 (Annex B) Amendments (MSC.143(77)) 01.01.2005
—2004 (Annex B) Amendments (MSC.172(79)) 01.07.2006
—2006 (Annex B) Amendments (MSC.223(82)) 01.07.2008
—2008 (Annex B) Amendments (MSC.270(85)) 01.07.2010
—2012 (Annex B) Amendments (MSC.329(90)) 01.01.2014
—2012 (Annex B) Amendments (MSC.345(91)) 01.07.2014
—2013 (Annex B) Amendments (MSC.356(92)) 01.01.2015
—2014 (Annex B) Amendments (MSC.375(93)) 01.01.2016
ADOPTED: Done at London, 11 November 1988
ENTERED INTO FORCE: 3 February 2000
DEPOSITARY: IMO, London
SECRETARY: IMO, London

IMPLEMENTATION

SIGNATURE, RATIFICATION, ACCEPTANCE, APPROVAL AND ACCESSION

Article IV

1. The present Protocol shall be open for signature at the Headquarters of the Organisation from 1 March 1989 to 28 February 1990 and shall thereafter remain open for accession. Subject to the provisions of paragraph 3, States may express their consent to be bound by the present Protocol by:

  • (a) signature without reservation as to ratification, acceptance or approval; or
  • (b) signature subject to ratification, acceptance, approval, followed by ratification, acceptance or approval; or
  • (c) accession.

2. Ratification, acceptance, approval or accession shall be effected by the deposit of an instrument to that effect with the Secretary-General of the Organisation.

3. The present Protocol may be signed without reservation, ratified, accepted, approved or acceded to only by States which have signed without reservation, ratified, accepted, approved or acceded to the Convention.

ENTRY INTO FORCE

Article V

1. The present Protocol shall enter into force twelve months after the date on which both the following conditions have been met:

provided that the present Protocol shall not enter into force before 1 February 1992.

2. For States which have deposited an instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession in respect of the present Protocol after the conditions for entry into force thereof have been met but prior to the date of entry into force, the ratification, acceptance, approval or accession shall take effect on the date of entry into force of the present Protocol or three months after the date of deposit of the instrument, whichever is the later date.

3. Any instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession deposited after the date on which the present Protocol enters into force shall take effect three months after the date of deposit.

DENUNCIATION

Article VII

1. The present Convention may be denounced by any Party at any time after the expiry of five years from the date on which the present Protocol enters into force for that Party.

2. Denunciation shall be effected by the deposit of an instrument of denunciation with the Secretary-General of the Organisation.

3. A denunciation shall take effect one year, or such longer period as may be specified in the instrument of denunciation, after its receipt by the Secretary-General of the Organisation.

4. A denunciation of the Convention by a Party shall be deemed to be a denunciation of the present Protocol by that Party. Such denunciation shall take effect on the same date as denunciation of the Convention takes effect according to paragraph (3) of article XXX of the Convention.

AMENDMENTS

Article VI

1. The present Protocol and, as between the Parties to the present Protocol, the Convention may be amended by either of the procedures specified in the following paragraphs.

2. Amendments after consideration within the Organisation:

  • (a) Any amendment proposed by a Party to the present Protocol shall be submitted to the Secretary-General of the Organisation, who shall then circulate it to all Members of the Organisation and all Contracting Governments to the Convention at least six months prior to its consideration.
  • (b) Any amendment proposed and circulated as above shall be referred to the Maritime Safety Committee of the Organisation for consideration.
  • (c) States which are Parties to the present Protocol, whether or not Members of the Organisation, shall be entitled to participate in the proceedings of the Maritime Safety Committee for the consideration and adoption of amendments.
  • (d) Amendments shall be adopted by a two thirds majority of the Parties to the present Protocol present and voting in the Maritime Safety Committee expanded as provided for in sub-paragraph (c) of this paragraph (hereinafter referred to as “the expanded Maritime Safety Committee”) on condition that at least one-third of the Parties shall be present at the time of voting.
  • (e) Amendments adopted in accordance with sub-paragraph (d) of this paragraph shall be communicated by the Secretary-General of the Organisation to all Parties to the present Protocol for acceptance.
  • (f) (i) An amendment to an Article or Annex A to the present Protocol or an amendment, as between Parties to the present Protocol, to an article of the Convention, shall be deemed to have been accepted on the date on which it is accepted by two-thirds of the Parties to the present Protocol.
    • (ii) An amendment to Annex B to the present Protocol or an amendment, as between Parties to the present Protocol, to an Annex to the Convention, shall be deemed to have been accepted:
      • (aa) at the end of two years from the date on which it is communicated to the Parties to the present Protocol for acceptance; or
      • (bb) at the end of a different period, which shall not be less than one year, if so determined at the time of its adoption by a two-thirds majority of the Parties present and voting in the expanded Maritime Safety Committee.
    • However, if within the specified period either more than one-third of the Parties, or Parties the combined merchant fleets of which constitute not less than fifty per cent of the gross tonnage of all merchant fleets of all Parties, notify the Secretary-General of the Organisation that they object to the amendment, it shall be deemed not to have been accepted.
  • (g) (i) An amendment referred to in sub-paragraph (f)(i) shall enter into force with respect to those Parties which have accepted it, six months after the date on which it is deemed to have been accepted, and with respect to each Party which accepts it after that date, six months after the date of that Party’s acceptance.
  • (ii) An amendment referred to in sub-paragraph (f)(i) shall enter into force with respect to all Parties to the present Protocol, except those which have objected to the amendment under that sub-paragraph and which have not withdrawn such objections, six months after the date on which it is deemed to have been accepted. However, before the date set for entry into force, any Party may give notice to the Secretary-General of the Organisation that it exempts itself from giving effect to that amendment for a period not longer than one year from the date of entry into force, or such longer period as may be determined by a two-thirds majority of the Parties present and voting in the expanded Maritime Safety Committee at the time of the adoption of the amendment.

3. Amendment by a conference:

  • (a) Upon the request of a Party to the present Protocol, concurred in by at least one-third of the Parties, the Organisation shall convene a conference of Parties to consider amendments to the present Protocol and Convention.
  • (b) Every amendment adopted by such a conference by a two-thirds majority of the Parties present and voting shall be communicated by the Secretary-General of the Organisation to all Parties for acceptance.
  • (c) Unless the Conference decides otherwise, the amendment shall be deemed to have been accepted and shall enter into force in accordance with the procedures specified in sub-paragraphs (2)(f) and (2)(g) respectively, provided that references in these paragraphs to the expanded Maritime Safety Committee shall be taken to mean references to the Conference.

4. (a) A Party to the present Protocol which has accepted an amendment referred to in sub-paragraph 2(f)(ii) which has entered into force shall not be obliged to extend the benefit of the present Protocol in respect of the certificates issued to a ship entitled to fly the flag of a State Party which, pursuant to the provisions that subparagraph, has objected to the amendment and has not withdrawn such an objection, in so far as such certificates relate to matters covered by the amendment in question.

(b) A Party to the present Protocol which has accepted an amendment referred to in subparagraph 2(f)(ii) which has entered into force shall extend the benefit of the present Protocol in respect of the certificates issued to a ship entitled to fly the flag of a State Party which, pursuant to the provisions of subparagraph (2)(g)(ii), has notified the Secretary-General of the Organisation that it exempts itself from giving effect to the amendment.

5. Unless expressly provided otherwise, any amendment made under this Article which relates to the structure of a ship shall apply only to ships the keels of which are laid or which are at a similar stage of construction, on or after the date on which the amendment comes into force.

6. Any declaration of acceptance of, or objection to, an amendment or any notice given under sub-paragraph (2)(g)(ii) shall be submitted in writing to the Secretary-General of the Organisation, who shall inform all Parties to the present Protocol of any such submission and the date of its receipt.

7. The Secretary-General of the Organisation shall inform all Parties to the present Protocol of any amendments which enter into force under this article, together with the date on which each such amendment enters into force.

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