Iraq’s Accession To Maritime Safety And Security Treaties

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  • The Republic of Iraq has acceded to two important IMO treaties concerning maritime safety and security: the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue, 1979 (SAR), and the Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf, 2005 (SUA PROT).
  • The SAR Convention, established in 1979, focuses on the coordinated search and rescue of individuals in distress at sea. It divides the world’s oceans into 13 search and rescue areas, with countries responsible for delimited regions.
  • The SUA Protocol of 2005 aims to address unlawful acts against offshore fixed platforms, including oil platforms, ensuring appropriate action is taken against perpetrators.
  • H.E. Mr. Mohammad Jaafar Mohammad Bakr Al-Sadr, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Iraq to IMO, met with IMO Secretary-General Arsenio Dominguez at IMO Headquarters to deposit the instruments of accession on 6 March, signifying Iraq’s formal commitment to these treaties.

Iraq’s Accession To IMO Treaties On Search And Rescue And Maritime Safety

The Republic of Iraq has acceded to IMO treaties covering search and rescue, and safety of maritime navigation. These include:  

  • the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue, 1979 (SAR); and 
  • the Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf, 2005 (SUA PROT).  

The SAR Convention covers the coordinated search and rescue of persons in distress at sea. The world’s oceans are divided into 13 search and rescue areas, with countries having delimited search and rescue regions for which they are responsible.  

SUA Protocol Of 2005

The SUA Protocol of 2005 ensures that appropriate action is taken against persons committing unlawful acts against offshore fixed platforms, including oil platforms.  

H.E. Mr. Mohammad Jaafar Mohammad Bakr Al-Sadr, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Iraq to IMO, met IMO Secretary-General Arsenio Dominguez at IMO Headquarters to deposit the instruments of accession on 6 March. 

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