Appendix C — Minor treaty actions
Minor treaty actions are generally technical amendments to
existing treaties, which do not impact significantly on the national interest.
Minor treaty actions are tabled in Parliament with a
one-page explanatory statement. The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has
the discretion to formally inquire into these treaty actions or indicate its
acceptance of them without a formal inquiry and report.
The following minor treaty actions were considered by the
Committee on the date indicated. The Committee determined not to hold a formal
inquiry into this treaty action and agreed that binding treaty action may be
Minor treaty actions tabled on 13 October 2010
Considered by the Committee:
MEPC.202(62): Amendments to the Annex of 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, adopted at London on 15 July
This minor treaty action will amend international
regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships, by declaring an
area surrounding the islands of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the United
States Virgin Islands to be an emission control area (ECA).
Ships operating in an ECA are required to take measures to
reduce emissions of sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.
The explanatory statement advises that the declaration of
the new ECA is expected to have no impact on Australia. It is highly unlikely
that any Australian ship will travel through the new ECA or that any ship will
travel through the new ECA as part of a voyage to or from Australia.
Based on the advice contained in the explanatory statement, the
Committee has agreed to deal with the amendment as a minor treaty action.