Regulation 6 - Ice Patrol Service

Summary

  • Contracting Governments to provide the North Atlantic Ice Patrol Service.
  • Ships transiting the North Atlantic iceberg region during the ice season to make use of the Service.
  • Requirements for maintaining the service.
  • The Appendix to the Regulations contains the Rules covering the service.
Regulation 6
1. The 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.
2. The 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.
3. Ships 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.
4. The 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.
5. The 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.
6.

If, 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 these services.

 

MCA Guidance
1. This Regulation sets out the commitments made by the Governments of the United States of America and Canada to provide the North Atlantic Ice Patrol.
2. The service is financed by contributions made by "Contributing Governments", which comprise a number of IMO member States the ships of whose fleet trade within the North Atlantic iceberg region. The UK is a Contributing Government.
3. Paragraph 1 requires ships transiting the iceberg area guarded by the service to make use of the Service.
4. For full details of the Service and reporting requirements for ships in the ice area refer to the Admiralty List of Radio Signals Vol.3 part 2.
5. More information about the service with regularly updated ice reports can be found on the US Coastguard website under "International Ice Patrol":
http://www.uscg.mil/lantarea/iip/home.html
6.

Paragraph 5 refers to the Rules for the management, operation and financing of the North Atlantic Ice Patrol which form an integral part of Chapter V. These are set out in the Appendix to Chapter V following these Regulations

 


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