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

Label Provision
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.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.12 Article 12
Art.12.1x Each of the Parties shall develop means for monitoring shipping by setting up departments dealing with shipping movements. The Parties shall, to that end, consult each other regularly and shall participate actively in the studies needed for such development within the competent international bodies, including studies into linking up national departments dealing with shipping movements.