US embassy cable - 00THEHAGUE1776

DEMARCHE ON NO ANCHORING PROPOSAL

Identifier: 00THEHAGUE1776
Wikileaks: View 00THEHAGUE1776 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy The Hague
Created: 2000-06-15 09:52:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: EMIN EWWT KSCA PHSA SENV NL
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UNCLAS THE HAGUE 001776 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
STATE FOR OES/OA - JOHN BARNES 
STATE PASS NOAA/N/IP LINDY JOHNSON 
 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: EMIN, EWWT, KSCA, PHSA, SENV, NL 
SUBJECT: DEMARCHE ON NO ANCHORING PROPOSAL 
 
 
REF: STATE 109225 
 
 
1.  IN RESPONSE TO REFTEL, WE CONTACTED MARTEN KOOPMANS, 
SENIOR STAFFER IN THE DUTCH TRANSPORT MINISTRY'S TRANSPORT 
SAFETY DEPARTMENT, WHO WILL HEAD THE DUTCH DELEGATION TO THE 
IMO SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING ON SAFETY OF NAVIGATION (NAV). 
KOOPMANS TOLD US THAT THE U.S. PROPOSALS HAVE BEEN DRAWN UP 
IN CLOSE COOPERATION WITH THE DUTCH.  DUTCH TRANSPORT 
MINISTRY ADVISOR LAMEIJER, WHO CHAIRS THE NAV SUBCOMMITTEE 
WORKING-GROUP ON ROUTING, HAS BEEN IN DIRECT CONTACT WITH 
NOAA POC LINDY JOHNSON. 
 
 
2.  KOOPMANS SAID THAT, DESPITE OVERALL DUTCH SUPPORT FOR 
THE PROPOSALS, THERE IS ONE MINOR POINT FOR CONCERN.  HE 
SAID THERE IS A SMALL RISK THAT THE IMPLICIT EFFECT OF 
ESTABLISHING "NO ANCHORING" AREAS MAY BE THAT IT WILL GIVE 
SHIPPERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO USE OTHER DELICATE AREAS, THAT 
HAVE NOT BEEN ASSIGNED AS SUCH. 
 
 
3.  THE DUTCH DELEGATION WILL CONSIST OF KOOPMANS, LAMEIJER, 
AND NAV SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN KEES POLDERMAN. 
SCHNEIDER 

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