MFV/Sub Issue: IMO Says It Will ‘Encourage Adherence’ to Sea Law


The International Maritime Organisation has responded to a concern about adherence to IMO Resolution A709(17) which concerns the interaction between fishing vessels and submarines (see link).

The League had raised the issue of adherence to Resolution A709(17) with submarine operating powers earlier this year, but the issue received a new impetus following the ‘snagging’ of the Co. Down based fishing vessel ‘MFV Karen’ by an unidentified submarine in April 2015 off the west coast of the Isle of Man.

In the reply from the Assistant Secretary General (A Winbow Maritime Safety Division) the IMO say:

“On the issue of the interaction between fishing vessels and submarines (IMO Resolution A709(17)), I note your recent correspondence with some IMO States and the positive assurances received from Germany. In the regard, the Organisation will continue to encourage adherence to the resolutions adopted by the Organisation.”

The ‘assurances received from Germany’ are so far the only positive responses received from submarine operating powers in relation to A709 (17) (see link).

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
Celtic League


(Please note that replies to correspondence received by the League and posted on CL News are usually scanned hard copies. Obviously every effort is made to ensure the scanning process is accurate but sometimes errors do occur.)


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