Posted by: Andi Arsana | May 26, 2009

The race to secure larger continental shelves

The deadline has past for many coastal States in their race to secure a larger continental shelf (seabed). May 13, 2009 was the deadline for many States to submit information concerning the outer limits of their continental shelf to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) in New York.

By submitting the information, coastal States have the opportunity to secure rights to the seabed beyond 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers) from their baseline (coast line), pursuant to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (Law of the Sea Convention, LOSC). For the many States that ratified the LOSC before May 13, 1999, (including Indonesia) the deadline was May 13, 2009. Meanwhile, other States, which ratified the LOSC after May 13, 1999, have 10 years after ratification.

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