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Chapter 9. Protecting Cableships Engaged in Cable Operations

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This chapter examines the current international legal regime on the protection of cableships and explores the gaps or weaknesses in the legal regime. It also discusses the steps that governments, industry and other relevant stakeholders can take to enhance the protection of cableships engaged in cable operations. The 1884 Cable Convention and COLREGS contain rules which seek to protect cableships engaged in cable operations. These instruments address two aspects of protection, namely safe working distances and cable marker buoys. The biggest risks presented to cableships and their personnel during repair operations is from collision with other ships, particularly in confined areas such as in traffic separation schemes. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for ensuring the safety and security of shipping. It also acts as the secretariat and depositary for COLREGS.

Keywords: 1884 Cable Convention; cable marker buoys; cable operations; cableships; COLREGS; International Maritime Organization (IMO)



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