08 Apr Cape Town Agreement 2012 Text
The 2012 Cape Town Agreement is a new obligation for the organization to implement the provisions of the 1993 Torremolinos Protocol. If successful, the new binding regime should play an important role in improving safety standards, reducing the loss of life in the fishing sector, combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, improving working conditions, reducing marine pollution, strengthening the protection of polar waters and reducing risks to search and rescue services. The first attempt to reach a binding international agreement was the adoption of the 1977 Torremolinos International Convention on fishing vessel safety (1977 Convention). The adoption of the Torremolinos Protocol of 1993 on the 1977 Torremolinos International Convention on the Safety of Fishing Vessels (Torremolinos Protocol of 1993) has resulted in further attempts to enter into force the 1977 Convention. However, due to difficulties related to the entry into force of the 1993 Torremolinos Protocol, IMO has developed a new implementation instrument. The 2012 Cape Town Agreement on the implementation of the provisions of the 1993 Torremolinos Protocol on the 1977 Torremolinos International Convention on Fishing Vessel Safety (Cape Town Agreement 2012) was adopted in October 2012. While the entry into force of the 2012 Cape Town Agreement remains a priority objective, the Fishing Vessel Safety Code, Voluntary Guidelines and Safety Recommendations contain useful recommendations to protect the lives of fishermen. Torremolinos Protocol of 1993. The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has developed policies and procedures for surveying fishing vessels in accordance with proposed regulations. The fishing industry was widely consulted and involved in the development and adoption of the proposed regulations. As part of the consultation, both the State Law Advisers Office and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) supported the ratification of the Cape Town Agreement in 2012. The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry participated in the development ahead of the diplomatic conference and also supported the 2012 Cape Town Agreement. Consultations were also held with SAMSA, Transnet, the National Ports Authority, the South African Navy, the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Department of Trade and Industry.
It was indicated that the 2012 Cape Town Agreement would have additional financial implications for the State, as SAMSA would have to develop procedures for measuring fishing vessels. DIRCO would be required to facilitate the process of filing the ratification instrument with the Secretary General of IMO, after parliament`s approval of ratification. The South African navy had confirmed that there would be no security impact on the 2012 Cape Town Agreement. The 2012 Cape Town Agreement, adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), sets standards for fishing vessels and contains other rules to protect the safety of crews and observers and provide a level playing field for the industry. The agreement will enter into force as soon as 22 states and 3,600 eligible fishing vessels ratify or join. This measure puts fishing vessel operators in the same position as other seagoing vessels and the final practices endangering crews. Until the CTA comes into force, there are no binding global safety rules for fishing vessels.