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Full text of the "International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution From Ships, 1973" is available.

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                        OF POLLUTION FROM SHIPS, 1973


           To preserve the marine environment by achieving the complete
elimination of international pollution by oil and other harmful
substances and the minimization of accidental discharge of such

Summary of provisions

           (a)     The Convention itself is a vehicle for enforcement and
administration of the detailed provisions in the attached annexes I-
V, the Protocol on Intervention on the High Seas in Cases of Marine
Pollution by Substances Other than Oil, and protocols I and II;

           (b)     Protocol I contains provisions concerning reports on
incidents involving harmful substances;  

           (c)     Annex I contains Regulations for the Prevention of
Pollution by Oil, including a list of oils;

           (d)     Annex II contains Regulations for the Control of
Pollution by Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk, including lists of
such substances;

           (e)     Annex III contains Regulations for the Prevention of
Pollution by Harmful Substances Carried by Sea in Packaged Forms, or
in Freight Containers, Portable Tanks or Road and Rail Tank Wagons;

           (f)     Annex IV contains Regulations for the Prevention of
Pollution by Sewage from Ships;

           (g)     Annex V contains Regulations for the Prevention of
Pollution by Garbage from Ships.


           Open to all States.

           Date of adoption            2.11.1973
           Place of adoption           London, UK
           Date of entry into force    (See 1978 Protocol)
           Languages                   English, French, Russian, Spanish
           Depositary                  IMO

           Participant                          Deposit of instrument
           -----------                          ---------------------

           Antigua and Barbuda                   9. 2.1987
           Belgium*                              6. 3.1984
           Benin                                 1.11.1985
           Brunei Darussalam                    23.10.1986
           Bulgaria                             12.12.1984
           Colombia                             27. 7.1981
           Germany**                            21. 1.1982
           Hungary                              16.12.1983
           Italy                                 1.10.1982
           Jordan                               17. 3.1975
           Kenya                                12. 9.1975
           Norway                               15. 7.1980
           Peru                                 25. 4.1980
           Republic of Korea                    23.10.1984
           Tunisia                               4. 5.1976
           United Kingdom of  
             Great Britain and
             Northern Ireland*                  22. 5.1980
           United States of America             11.11.1976
           Uruguay                              30. 4.1979
           Yemen                                 6. 3.1979
           Yugoslavia                           31.10.1980

    *       Except for annexes III, IV and V.

    **      With a declaration.  

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