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Index of IMO Resolutions

London Convention (LDC, LC) and London Protocol (LP)

November 18, 2013

When indicated in the text of the resolution, the status has been included; notes on status also originate from the List of codes and recommendations, guidelines and other safety-and- security- related non-mandatory instruments (MSC.1/Circ.1371 and its updates). It has not always been possible to ascertain the current status of all resolutions and the information given may, therefore, not be complete or current. You are therefore advised to consult your national maritime administration which is the appropriate channel for dissemination of IMO information. You will find addresses on our website under National Contacts.
 
Resolution
Title
Status
Terms of reference for the Scientific Group under the London Convention
Revokes LC.57(21) Acknowledged that a Scientific Group is now also active under the London Protocol.
Resolution on the Promotion of Ratification or Accession to the 1996 Protocol to the London Convention 1972 to the Member States of IMO
The IMO Assembly in 2003 reviewed this resolution and noted the benefits for IMO Members of joining the Protocol.
Terms of reference of the Scientific Group on Dumping
The tasks have been reviewed in preparation for the entry into force of the London Protocol.
Revokes LDC.18(8), Revoked by LC.59(29)
Sea disposal of vessels (LC/SM 1: Special Meeting of Contracting Parties to Consider and adopt the 1996 Protocol to the London Convention 1972 (28 October – 8 November 1996))
Promoted land-based alternatives to sea disposal of vessels. Was reviewed in 2000 and is due for review again in 2005.
Technical co-operation and assistance activities related to the London Convention, 1972 (LC/SM 1: Special Meeting of Contracting Parties to Consider and adopt the 1996 Protocol to the London Convention 1972 (28 October – 8 November 1996))
Established the basis for the London Convention Technical Co-operation Programme (1997) and the Long-term Strategy for TC activities in 2001 (amended in 2003).
Technical co-operation and assistance activities related to the London Convention, 1972
Urged the Special Meeting in 1996 to establish a TC-programme under the Convention.
Procedure for consideration and adoption of the 1996 Protocol to the London Convention, 1972
Established the arrangements for the Special Meeting of Contracting Parties to be held in 1996.
Dredged material assessment framework
Replaces LDC.23(10) in 1995 and is, in turn, replaced by the ‘Special Guidelines for Assessment of Dredged Material’ in 2000.
Amendments to the annexes to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, 1972, concerning disposal at sea of radioactive wastes and other radioactive matter
These amendments entered into force on 20 February 1994. Confirmed the comprehensive ban on dumping of radioactive wastes.
Amendment to annex I to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, 1972, concerning incineration at sea
These amendments entered into force on 20 February 1994. Confirmed the ban on incineration at sea of industrial wastes and sewage sludge.
Amendment to the annexes to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, 1972, concerning phasing out sea disposal of industrial waste
These amendments entered into force on 20 February 1994. Called for the phase out of sea disposal of industrial wastes by 1 January 1996.
Review of the London Convention, 1972
Provided in 1993 the basis for the development of the 1996 Protocol.
Status of incineration of noxious liquid wastes at sea
Confirmed the prohibition of incineration at sea of these wastes from 31 December 1992 and resulted in the amendments in 1993 under resolution LC.50(16).
The Regulation of Ocean Fertilization (Adopted on 31 October 2008). The Thirtieth Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the London Convention and the third meeting of the Contracting Parties to the London Protocol.
Declares that the scope of the London Convention and Protocol includes ocean fertilization activities and that given the current state of knowledge, ocean fertilization other than legitimate scientific research should not be allowed.
Liaison with regional organizations
Aimed at strengthening the ties and co-operation with regional organizations on dumping issues.
Control of transboundary movements of wastes for disposal at sea
Requested the Basel Convention when preparing its technical guidelines, to take account of the London Convention and relevant regional conventions.
The application of a precautionary approach in environmental protection within the framework of the London Dumping Convention
Provided the basis for the precautionary approach under the Convention and resulted in Article 3.1 of the London Protocol.
Phasing out sea disposal of industrial waste
This policy agreement in 1990 resulted in the amendments in 1993 under Resolution LC.49(16).
Matters related to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal
Called for the prevention of export of wastes for dumping at sea containing substances listed in annexes I and II and resulted in Article 6 of the London Protocol.
Disposal of radioactive wastes into sub-sea-bed repositories accessed from the sea-bed
Extended the moratorium on dumping under Resolution LDC.21(9) to sub-sea-bed repositories accessed from the sea.
The protection of the oceans and all kinds of seas, including enclosed and semi-enclosed seas, and coastal areas
Provided an input to UNCED in 1992 and called for a global mechanism to co-ordinate the protection of the marine environment from pollution from all sources.
Status of incineration of noxious liquid wastes at sea
Agreement to re-evaluate incineration at sea in 1992, with a view to prohibition of this practice by the end of 1994. Resulted in Resolution LC.47(15).
A long-term strategy for the London Dumping Convention
Agreement to carry out a study on a long-term strategy for the Convention.
Amendment to annex III to the London Dumping Convention
Confirmed the amendments to Annex III as agreed under Resolution LDC.26(10). They entered into force on 19 May 1990.
Monitoring activities carried out in accordance with article VI(1)(d) of the London Dumping Convention
Agreement on a revised definition of ‘monitoring’ and a revised format for reporting of dumping activities.
Status of incineration of noxious liquid wastes at sea
Agreement to minimize or substantially reduce the use of incineration at sea by 1 January 1991 and to re-evaluate incineration as a practice. Is a precursor to Resolution LDC.39(13).
Guidelines for the surveillance of cleaning operations carried out at sea on board incineration vessels
Revokes LDC.20(9)
Amendments to the interim technical guidelines on the control of incineration of wastes and other matter at sea
These amendments were adopted to reflect the most recent scientific advice on incineration at sea at that time.
Amendments to the guidance for the application of annex III (resolution LDC.17(8))
Amends LDC.17(8)
Amendments to the guidelines for the allocation of substances to the annexes to the London Dumping Convention
These amendments to Resolution LDC.19(9) clarified the terms ‘bio-availability’ and ‘significant exposures’ in the guidelines.
Amends LDC.19(9)
Participation of non-governmental international organizations in meetings of the London Dumping Convention
Contains guidance for participation of NGOs at meetings under the London Convention.
Export of wastes for disposal at sea
Recommended parties not to export wastes for disposal at sea to non-parties (conditions apply).
Studies and assessments pursuant to resolution LDC.21(9)
Established the inter-governmental panel of experts on radioactive waste disposal at sea and a questionnaire for inviting information from parties.
Future work programme of the Scientific Group on Dumping
Invited the Scientific Group to review the operational procedures of the Convention and recommend on alternative procedures for the classification and assessment of wastes to be dumped at sea.
Amendments to annex III to the London Dumping Convention
These amendments were formally confirmed by adoption of Resolution LDC.37(12).
Amendment to the list of substances contained in annex II to the London Dumping Convention
Agreement in principle to delete ‘organosilicon’ compounds from Annex II to the Convention. However, these amendments were formally rejected in 1989.
Guidelines for the implementation of paragraphs 8 and 9 of annex I to the London Dumping Convention
Adjustments to the guidance for evaluation of “trace contaminants” and “rapidly rendered harmless” for other wastes than dredged material, as the latter found a home under Resolution LDC.23(10).
Guidelines for the application of annexes to the disposal of dredged material
Replaced by Resolution LC.52(18)
Environmental hazards caused by the disposal at sea of persistent plastics and other persistent synthetic materials (including fishing nets)
Called for co-ordination on this issue with the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) and FAO.
Dumping of radioactive wastes at sea
Suspended the dumping of radioactive wastes, pending completion of studies and assessments of the wider political, legal, economic and social aspects of this practice.
Interim provisions for the surveillance of cleaning operations carried out at sea on board incineration vessels
Amended by Resolution LDC.34(11)
Criteria for the allocation of substances to the annexes
Amended by Resolution LDC.31(11)
Terms of reference for the Scientific Group on Dumping
Revokes LDC.7(IV), Revoked by LC 57(21)
Designation of a competent organization to be responsible for secretariat duties in relation to the Convention (adopted on 18 December 1975 by the Meeting of Contracting Parties)
Amended by LDC.32(11)
Guidance for the application of annex III
Agreement on the framework for technical guidelines on Annex III and resulted in resolution LDC.17(8).
The need for clarifying the interpretation of article III of the London Dumping Convention in relation to disposal of high-level radioactive and other hazardous wastes in the sea-bed
Called for an intersessional meeting of legal experts to develop an interpretation of Article III.
Disposal of radioactive wastes and other radioactive matter at sea
Called for the suspension of dumping of radioactive wastes, pending a report by a meeting of experts. This resulted in Resolution LDC.21(9).
Action to increase the number of Contracting Parties to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter
 
Amendment of the lists of substances contained in Annexes I and II to the London Dumping Convention
These amendments entered into force on 11 March 1981.
Export of wastes for incineration at sea
Parties were encouraged to ensure that wastes exported to non-parties for incineration at sea should be incinerated in accordance with London Convention requirements.
Procedure for preparation and consideration of amendments to the London Dumping Convention
 
Procedures for the circulation of proposed amendments to the London Dumping Convention
These procedures clarified the circulation of proposed amendments in accordance with Article XV of the Convention.
Revised IAEA definition and recommendations of 1978 concerning radioactive wastes and other radioactive matter referred to in annexes I and II to the London Dumping Convention
Parties should apply the definition of ‘High-Level Radioactive Wastes or Other High-Level Radioactive Matter Unsuitable for Dumping at Sea’, as provided by the IAEA.
Procedures for the application of scientific advice in respect of the London Dumping Convention
Provided the terms of reference of the Ad Hoc Scientific Group on Dumping.
Revoked by LDC.18(8).
Amendments to the Convention concerning settlement of disputes
These amendments never entered into force, but served in 1996 as the basis for the Arbitral Procedure in Annex 3 to the London Protocol.
Amendments to annexes to the Convention concerning incineration at sea (Regulations for the control of incineration of wastes and other matter at sea)
These amendments entered into force on 11 March 1979 and provided the legal basis for incineration at sea and the Technical guidelines in Resolution LDC.3(II).
Preparation of provisions for the settlement of disputes
Resulted in 1978 in Resolution LDC.6(III).
Technical guidelines on the control of incineration at sea
 
Resolution on Incineration at Sea (Resolution unnumbered in LDC 1/16 Annex VI)
Basis for the development of procedures to control incineration at sea. Resulted in Resolutions LDC.3(II) and LDC.5(III).
LP.3(4) Resolution LP.3(4) on the amendment to article 6 of the London Protocol (The fourth meeting of contracting parties to the 1996 protocol to the convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and other matter 1972,)
Terms of reference for the Scientific Group under the London Protocol
Provided the terms of reference for the LP Scientific Group and acknowledged the importance of the two Scientific Groups working closely together.
On the amendment to include CO2 sequestration in sub-seabed geological formations in Annex 1 to the London protocol
Provided a basis to regulate carbon capture and storage in the seabed for permanent isolation.
Maritime Knowledge Centre: 18 January 2010