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Protocol |1| for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf
The States Parties to this Protocol,
BEING PARTIES to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation,
RECOGNIZING that the reasons for which the Convention was elaborated also apply to fixed platforms located on the continental shelf,
TAKING ACCOUNT of the provisions of that Convention,
AFFIRMING that matters not regulated by this Protocol continue to be governed by the rules and principles of general International law,
HAVE AGREED as follows:
1 The provisions of articles 5 and 7 and of articles 10 to 16 of the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (hereinafter referred to as "the Convention") shall also apply mutatis mutandis to the offences set forth in article 2 of this Protocol where such offences are committed on board or against fixed platforms located on the continental shelf.
2 In cases where this Protocol does not apply pursuant to paragraph 1, it nevertheless applies when the offender or the alleged offender is found in the territory of a State Party other than the State in whose internal waters or territorial sea the fixed platform is located.
3 For the purposes of this Protocol, "fixed platform" means an artificial island, installation or structure permanently attached to the sea-bed for the purpose of exploration or exploitation of resources or for other economic purposes.
1 Any person commits an offence if that person unlawfully and intentionally:
(a) seizes or exercises control over a fixed platform by force or threat thereof or any other form of intimidation; or
(b) performs an act of violence against a person on board a fixed platform if that act is likely to endanger its safety; or
(c) destroys a fixed platform or causes damage to it which is likely to endanger its safety; or
(d) places or causes to be placed on a fixed platform, by any means whatsoever, a device or substance which is likely to destroy that fixed platform or likely to endanger its safety; or
(e) injures or kills any person in connection with the commission or the attempted commission of any of the offences set forth in subparagraphs (a) to (d).
2 Any person also commits an offence if that person:
(a) attempts to commit any of the offences set forth in paragraph 1; or
(b) abets the commission of any such offences perpetrated by any person or is otherwise an accomplice of a person who commits such an offence; or
(c) threatens, with or without a condition, as is provided for under national law, aimed at compelling a physical ox juridical person to do or refrain from doing any act, to commit any of the offences set forth in paragraph 1, subparagraphs (b) and (c), if that threat is likely to endanger the safety of the fixed platform.
1 Each State Party shall take such measures as may be necessary to establish its jurisdiction over the offences set forth in article 2 when the offence is committed:
(a) against or on board a fixed platform while it is located on the continental shelf of that State; or
(b) by a national of that State.
2 A State Party may also establish its jurisdiction over any such offence when:
(a) it is committed by a stateless person whose habitual residence is in that State;
(b) during its commission a national of that State is seized, threatened, injured or killed; or
(c) it is committed in an attempt to compel that State to do or abstain from doing any act.
3 Any State Party which has established jurisdiction mentioned in paragraph 2 shall notify the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (hereinafter referred to as "the Secretary-General"). If such State Party subsequently rescinds that jurisdiction, it shall notify the Secretary-General.
4 Each State Party shall take such measures as may be necessary to establish its jurisdiction over the offences set forth in article 2 in cases where the alleged offender is present in its territory and it does not extradite him to any of the States Parties which have established their jurisdiction in accordance with paragraphs 1 and 2 of this article.
5 This Protocol does not exclude any criminal jurisdiction exercised in accordance with national law.
Nothing in this Protocol shall affect in any way the rules of international law pertaining to fixed platforms located on the continental shelf.
1 This Protocol shall be open for signature at Rome on 10 March 1988 and at the Headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (hereinafter referred to as "the Organization") from 14 March 1988 to 9 March 1989 by any State which has signed the Convention. It shall thereafter remain open for accession.
2 States may express their consent to be bound by this Protocol by:
(a) signature without reservation as to ratification, acceptance or approval; or
(b) signature subject to ratification, acceptance or approval, followed by ratification, acceptance or approval; or
3 Ratification, acceptance, approval or accession shall be effected by the deposit of an instrument to that effect with the Secretary-General.
4 Only a State which has signed the Convention without reservation as to ratification, acceptance or approval, or has ratified, accepted, approved or acceded to the Convention may become a Party to this Protocol.
1 This Prococol shall enter into force ninety days following the date on which three States have either signed it without reservation as to ratification, acceptance or approval, or have deposited an instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession in respect thereof. However, this Protocol shall not enter into force before the Convention has entered into force.
2 For a State which deposits an instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession in respect of this Protocol after the conditions for entry into force thereof have been met, the ratification, acceptance, approval or accession shall take effect ninety days after the date of such deposit.
1 This Protocol may be denounced by any State Party at any time after the expiry of one year from the date on which this Protocol enters Into force for that State.
2 Denunciation shall be effected by the deposit of an instrument of denunciation with the Secretary-General.
3 A denunciation shall take effect one year, or such longer period as may be specified in the instrument of denunciation, after the receipt of the instrument of denunciation by the Secretary-General.
4 A denunciation of the Convention by a State Party shall be deemed to be a denunciation of this Protocol by that Party.
1 A conference for the purpose of revising or amending this Protocol may be convened by the Organization.
2 The Secretary-Oneral shall convene a conference of the States Parties to this Protocol for revising or amending the Protocol, at the request of one third of the States Parties, or five States Parties, whichever is the higher figure.
3 Any Instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession deposited after the date of entry into force of an amendment to this Protocol shall be deemed to apply to the Protocol as amended.
1 This Protocol shall be deposited with the Secretary-General.
2 The Secretary-General shall:
(a) inform all States which have signed this Protocol or acceded thereto, and all Members of the Organization, of:
(i) each new signature or deposit of an instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, together with the date thereof;
(ii) the date of entry into force of this Protocol;
(iii) the deposit of any instrument of denunciation of this Protocol together with the date on which it is received and the date on which the denunciation takes effect;
(iv) the receipt of any declaration or notification made under this Protocol or under the Convention, concerning this Protocol;
(b) transmit certified true copies of this Protocol to all States which have signed this Protocol or acceded thereto.
3 As soon as this Protocol enters into force, a certified true copy thereof shall be transmitted by the Depositary to the Secretary-General of the United Nations for registration and publication in accordance with Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations.
This Protocol is established in a single original in the Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish languages, each text being equally authentic.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF the undersigned, being duly authorized by their respective Governments for that purpose, have signed this Protocol.
DONE AT ROME this tenth day of March one thousand nine hundred and eighty-eight.
[Source: United Nations, Treaty Series, Vol. 1678, No. 29004, 1992]
1. Came into force on 1 March 1992, i.e., the date on which the above-mentioned Convention entered into force, in accordance with article 6 (1):
Participant Date of deposit
of the instrument
of ratification, approval (AA)
or accession (a)
Austria 28 December 1989 a China* 20 August 1991 France* 2 December 1991 AA German Democratic Republic1* 14 April 1989 a Germany 6 November 1990 a Hungary 9 November 1989 Italy 26 January 1990 Norway 18 April 1991 Oman 24 September 1990 a Poland 25 June 1991 Seychelles 24 January 1989 Spain 7 July 1989 Sweden 13 September 1990 Trinidad and Tobago 27 July 1989 a United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland* 3 May 1991
1 Prior to the coming into effect of the accession, the German Democratic Republic acceded to the Federal Republic of Germany with effect from 3 October 1990.
* For the texts of the declarations and reservations made upon ratification, accession or approval, see p. 346 of this volume. [Back]
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