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Protecting Sensitive Marine Environments: The Role and Application of Ships' Routeing Measures

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The application of ships' routeing measures as a means to regulate shipping for the specific purpose of protecting sensitive marine areas is becoming increasingly widespread and acceptable within the international community. While the potential for coastal states to regulate navigation for such purposes would seem to be in conflict with the traditional tenants of freedom of navigation, current practice at both the state and international level addresses this concern.

This paper discusses the application of ships' routeing measures for the protection of the marine environment from the activities of international shipping, as illustrated by current state practice. Consideration is given to the evolution of IMO measures to address environmental concerns and in particular the application of mandatory routeing measures.


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