The Conference,
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The Conference,

 NOTING that the Protocol of 1997 to amend the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto (the 1997 Protocol) and Annex VI contained therein provides for the designation of SOx Emission Control Areas where specific criteria are met,

 RECOGNIZING the concerns of a number of States regarding the contribution to sulphur deposition by shipping particularly in the North Sea and the damaging effects of that deposition,

 NOTING the proposal to the Conference that the North Sea should be designated as a SOx Emission Control Area,

  1. INVITES the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) to consider the above proposal for the North Sea, based on justification in accordance with the criteria for the designation of a SOx Emission Control Area contained in appendix II to Annex VI of MARPOL 73/78 and in compliance with the Guidelines on the organization and method of work of the Maritime Safety Committee and the Marine Environment Protection Committee and their subsidiary bodies; and

  2. INVITES ALSO the MEPC to take necessary steps in order that any measures agreed as a result of consideration of the above proposal can be implemented as soon as reasonably possible.

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