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The Legal Regime of the Straits around Great Britain

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Great Britain is a large and populous island situated off the North-West European continental land mass. Around the coasts of Great Britain, there are several named straits and some other similar stretches of sea bearing a variety of names. Different regimes of navigation apply in these different areas of sea, composed mainly of territorial sea and internal waters. This chapter examines the legal regimes applicable to different areas. Today, many aspects of British maritime law and practice are based upon the terms of the LOS Convention. On the Irish side of the channel, there is a traffic scheme known as ? Off Tuskar Rock? and on the Welsh side a traffic separation scheme exists of the smalls, both approved by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

Keywords: Great Britain; internal waters; International Maritime Organisation (IMO); Irish; LOS Convention; straits



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