Ice Patrol contributes to safety of life at sea, safety and
efficiency of navigation and protection of the marine environment
in the North Atlantic. Ships transiting the region of icebergs
guarded by the Ice Patrol during the ice season are required
to make use of the services provided by the Ice Patrol.
Contracting Governments undertake to continue an ice patrol
and a service for study and observation of ice conditions
in the North Atlantic. During the whole of the ice season,
i.e. for the period from February 15th through July 1st of
each year, the south-eastern, southern and south-western limits
of the region of icebergs in the vicinity of the Grand Banks
of Newfoundland shall be guarded for the purpose of informing
passing ships of the extent of this dangerous region; for
the study of ice conditions in general; and for the purpose
of affording assistance to ships and crews requiring aid within
the limits of operation of the patrol ships and aircraft.
During the rest of the year the study and observation of ice
conditions shall be maintained as advisable.
and aircraft used for the ice patrol service and the study
and observation of ice conditions may be assigned other duties
provided that such other duties do not interfere with the
primary purpose or increase the cost of this service.
Government of the United States of America agrees to continue
the overall management of the ice patrol service and the study
and observation of ice conditions, including the dissemination
of information therefrom.
terms and conditions governing the management, operation and
financing of the Ice Patrol are set forth in the Rules for
the management, operation and financing of the North Atlantic
Ice Patrol appended to this chapter which shall form an integral
part of this chapter.
at any time, the United States and/or Canadian Governments
should desire, to discontinue providing these services,
it may do so and the Contracting Governments shall settle
the question of continuing these services in accordance
with their mutual interests. The United States and/or Canadian
Governments shall provide 18 months written notice to all
Contracting Governments whose ships entitled to fly their
flag and whose ships are registered in territories to which
those Contracting Governments have extended this regulation
benefit from these services before discontinuing providing