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1. This Convention may be amended by either of the procedures specified in the following paragraphs.
2. Amendments after consideration with the Organization:
(3) Amendment by a Conference:
(4) Any Party that has declined to accept an amendment to an Annex shall be treated as a non-Party only for the purpose of application of that amendment.
(5) An addition of a new Annex shall be proposed and adopted and shall enter into force in accordance with the procedure applicable to an amendment to an article of this Convention.
(6) Any notification or declaration under this article shall be made in writing to the Secretary-General.
(7) The Secretary-General shall inform the Parties and Members of the Organization of
(1) This Convention shall be open for signature by any State at the Headquarters of the Organization from 1 February 2002 to 31 December 2002 and shall thereafter remain open for accession by any State.
(2) States may become Parties to this Convention by:
(3) Ratification, acceptance, approval, or accession shall be effected by the deposit of an instrument to that effect with the Secretary-General.
(4) If a State comprises two or more territorial units in which different systems of law are applicable in relation to matters dealt with in this Convention, it may at the time of signature, ratification, acceptance, approval, or accession declare that this Convention shall extend to all its territorial units or only to one or more of them and may modify this declaration by submitting another declaration at any time.
(5) Any such declaration shall be notified to the Secretary-General and shall state expressly the territorial units to which this Convention applies.
(1) This Convention shall enter into force twelve months after the date on which not less than twenty-five States, the combined merchant fleets of which constitute not less than twenty-five per cent of the gross tonnage of the world’s merchant shipping, have either signed it without reservation as to ratification, acceptance or approval, or have deposited the requisite instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession in accordance with article 17.
(2) For States which have deposited an instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession in respect of this Convention after the requirements for entry into force thereof have been met, but prior to the date of entry in force, the ratification, acceptance, approval or accession shall take effect on the date of entry into force of this Convention or three months after the date of deposit of instrument, whichever is the later date.
(3) Any instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession deposited after the date on which this Convention enters into force shall take effect three months after the date of deposit.
(4) After the date on which an amendment to this Convention is deemed to have been accepted under article 16, any instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession deposited shall apply to the Convention as amended.
(1) This Convention may be denounced by any Party at any time after the expiry of two years from the date on which this Convention enters into force for that Party.
(2) Denunciation shall be effected by the deposit of written notification with the Secretary General, to take effect one year after receipt or such longer period as may be specified in that notification.
(1) This Convention shall be deposited with the Secretary-General, who shall transmit certified copies of this Convention to all States which have signed this Convention or acceded thereto.
(2) In addition to the functions specified elsewhere in this Convention, the Secretary-General shall—
This Convention is established in a single original in the Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish languages, each text being equally authentic.
The signature for Belgium was accompanied by the following declaration:
This signature binds equally the Walloon Region, the Flemish Region and the Region of Brussels-Capital.
The signature for Denmark was accompanied by the following declaration:
With reservation for application to the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
Denmark withdrew its declaration reserving the application of the Convention to the Faroe Islands with effect from 4 June 2010 and accordingly the Convention was extended to the Faroe Islands.
On 9 February 2012, Estonia declared the following concerning the application of article 9 of the Convention:
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