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The Regulation Of Ship-Source Pollution In Straits Used For International Navigation

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This chapter first summarizes how ship-source pollution is regulated under UNCLOS and gives an overview of the legal regime governing straits used for international navigation. It then outlines the laws and regulations on ship-source pollution that must be followed by ships exercising the right of transit passage through straits used for international navigation. It also examines the jurisdictional powers of littoral States to act unilaterally to regulate ships exercising transit passage. The chapter further discusses what additional measures can be taken by littoral States to reduce the threat of ship-source pollution in straits: (a) when acting together with the International Maritime Organization (IMO); (b) when acting in cooperation with each other; and (c) when acting in cooperation with user States and other stakeholders. Finally, it examines whether particularly sensitive sea areas (PSSAs) are a useful tool to prevent, reduce and control ship-source pollution in straits used for international navigation.

Keywords: international maritime organization (IMO); international navigation; jurisdictional powers; legal regime; littoral States; particularly sensitive sea areas (PSSAs); right of transit passage; ship-source pollution; straits; UNCLOS



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