(1) In case of hostilities or other extraordinary
circumstances which affect the vital interests of a State the Government
of which is a Contracting Government, that Government may suspend
the operation of the whole or any part of the present Convention.
The suspending Government shall immediately give notice of any such
suspension to the Organization.
(2) Such suspension shall not deprive other Contracting
Governments of any right of control under the present Convention over
the ships of the suspending Government when such ships are within
(3) The suspending Government may at any time
terminate such suspension and shall immediately give notice of such
termination to the Organization.
(4) The Organization shall notify all Contracting
Governments of any suspension or termination of suspension under this