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INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR THE PREVENTION OF POLLUTION FROM SHIPS, 1973 Objectives ========== 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 substances. 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. Membership ========== 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. Convention Secretariat ====================== International Maritime Organization 4 Albert Embankment London SE17SR, United Kingdom Telephone: 071-735-7611 Fax: 071-587-3210 Telex: 23588 ***** .