Paragraphs in "Cooperation Agreement For The Protection Of The Coasts And Waters Of The North-East Atlantic Against Pollution" coded as SUBS

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Art.1 Article 1
Art.1.1x The Contracting Parties to this Agreement (hereinafter referred to as 'the Parties') undertake, individually or jointly as the case may be, to take all appropriate measures under this Agreement in order to be prepared to deal with an incident of pollution at sea such as pollution caused by hydrocarbons or other harmful substances.
Art.4 Article 4
Art.4.1 1. 'Each of the States' Parties to this Agreement shall set up within its territory, if necessary in collaboration with the industries concerned, including the shipping industry, and other bodies, and shall maintain in operational condition a minimum amount of equipment at predetermined points in order to be able to deal with discharges of hydrocarbons or other harmful substances.
Art.4.2 2. Each of the Parties shall set up a national system to prevent and combat incidents of pollution at sea. This system shall encompass:
Art.4.2.a (a) a description of the administrative organization and of the responsibility of each of its components for the preparation and implementation of measures to prevent and combat pollution, and in particular of the national authority responsible for dealing with questions of mutual assistance with the other Parties;
Art.4.2.b (b) the particulars of a national operational contact point to be responsible for receiving and issuing reports on pollution incidents at sea, as mentioned in Article 8 (3) of this Agreement;
Art.4.2.c (c) a national plan of action to prevent or to deal with such pollution incidents. The said plan of action shall comprise, inter alia:
Art.4.2.c.i (i) identifying likely sources of discharge of hydrocarbons or other harmful substances;
Art.4.2.c.ii (ii) identifying endangered sensitive areas and vulnerable resources in danger, and priorities for their protection;
Art.4.2.c.iii (iii) itemizing the equipment and human resources available;
Art.4.2.c.iv (iv) specifying the means for storing and disposing of the hydrocarbons or other harmful substances recovered.
Art.4.3 3. Furthermore, each of the Parties shall, individually or within the framework of bilateral or multilateral cooperation, set up staff training programmes to improve the state of readiness of the bodies responsible for dealing with pollution.
Art.5 Article 5
Art.5.1 1. The Parties shall jointly draw up and determine guidelines covering the practical, operational and technical aspects of joint action.
Art.5.2 2. To facilitate active cooperation, each of the Parties shall undertake to provide the other Parties with the information referred to in Article 4 (2) (a) and (b), and information on:
Art.5.2.a (a) its national resources (equipment and staff) intended for preventing and dealing with such pollution, of which, at the time of a pollution incident, some could be made available within the framework of international assistance under conditions to be determined between the Parties concerned;
Art.5.2.b (b) new methods to avoid such pollution and effective new techniques for dealing with it;
Art.5.2.c (c) the main pollution incidents on which it has had to take action.
Art.6 Article 6
Art.6.1x The cooperation provided for in the preceding Articles shall also apply in the event of loss at sea of harmful substances placed in packages, freight containers, portable containers or in lorry, trailer or rail tankers.
Art.7 Article 7
Art.7.1 1. Each of the Parties shall require its officials with powers in this context, and captains and others responsible for vessels flying its flag or for marine platforms operated in areas falling within its jurisdiction, to report forthwith the occurrence of any incident on their vessels or platforms involving the discharge or danger of discharge of hydrocarbons or other harmful substances. In the case of vessels, these reports shall comply with the provisions drawn up by the Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organization.
Art.7.2 2. Each of the Parties shall issue instructions to the vessels and aircraft of its maritime inspectorate and other departments that they are to report, without delay, any incident of pollution due to hydrocarbons or other harmful substances which they have observed.
Art.7.3 3. Each of the Parties shall request the captains of all vessels flying its flag and the pilots of all aircraft registered in its territory to report without delay the presence, nature and extent of the hydrocarbons or other harmful substances observed which may constitute a danger for the coast or related interests of one or more of the Parties.
Art.8 Article 8
Art.8.1 1. For the sole purposes of this Agreement, the north-east Atlantic region shall be divided into areas as defined in Annex 1 to this Agreement.
Art.8.2 2. A Party in whose area a pollution incident occurs shall conduct the requisite evaluations as to its nature, magnitude and possible consequences.
Art.8.3 3. Where the magnitude of the pollution incident so warrants, the Party concerned shall immediately inform all other Parties through their operational contact points of any action taken to combat the hydrocarbons or other harmful substances. It shall keep these substances under observation for as long as they are present in its area and shall keep the other Parties informed of developments concerning the pollution incident and of the measures taken or planned.
Art.8.4 4. When oil slicks or floating substances drift into an adjacent area, the responsibility for the evalution and for the notification of the other Parties, as stipulated above, shall be transferred to the Party in whose area the hydrocarbons or substances are now located, unless otherwise agreed by the Parties concerned.
Art.9 Article 9
Art.9.1 1. The Parties may designate areas of joint interest.
Art.9.2 2. If pollution occurs in an area of joint interest, the Party in whose area of responsibility the incident occurs shall not merely inform the neighbouring Party immediately as required by Article 8 (3) but shall also invite that Party to take part in the evaluation of the nature of the incident and to decide whether the incident must be regarded as being of sufficient gravity and magnitude to warrant joint action by both Parties in combating it.
Art.9.3 3. Subject to the provisions of paragraph 4 of this Article, the responsibility for initiating such joint action shall lie with the Party in whose area of responsibility the incident occurs. This Party shall designate an authority and instruct it to coordinate action; the said authority shall then assume responsibility for action, request any aid which may be needed and coordinate all available resources. The neighbouring Party shall provide such appropriate support as its resources permit and shall likewise appoint an authority for the liaison of action.
Art.9.4 4. The neighbouring Party may assume responsibility for coordinating action subject to an agreement with the Party in whose area of responsibility the incident occurs where:
Art.9.4.a (a) the neighbouring Party is directly threatened by the incident; or
Art.9.4.b (b) the vessel or vessels in question flies or fly the flag of the neighbouring Party; or
Art.9.4.c (c) the greater part of the resources likely to be used in the operation to combat pollution belong to the neighbouring Party. If this paragraph is invoked, the Party in whose area of responsibility of incident occurs shall give the Party assuming responsibility for the coordination of action all requisite assistance.
Art.10 Article 10
Art.10.1x A Party requiring assistance to deal with pollution or a threat of pollution at sea or off its coast may request help from the other Parties. The Party requesting assistance shall specify the type of assistance which it requires, if need be by seeking the opinion of other Parties. Parties from whom help is requested under this Article shall make every endeavour to provide such help in so far as their resources permit, taking into consideration, particularly in the event of pollution by harmful substances other than hydrocarbons, the technical resources at their disposal.
Art.23 Article 23
Art.23.1 1. The Parties may unanimously invite any other State having a north-east Atlantic coast to accede to this Agreement.
Art.23.2 2. If they do so, Articles 3 and 21 of this Agreement and Annex 1 hereto shall be amended accordingly. Any amendments shall be adopted by a unanimous vote at a meeting of the Contracting Parties and shall take effect at the time of entry into force of this Agreement for the acceding State.