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Notice to Research Vessel Operators No. 101

Subject: Revised Operational Conditions for Conducting Marine Scientific Research in Japanese Waters, January 14, 1992 (This notice supplements NTRVO #87, which remains active).
Released by the Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.

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The Department of State has been advised by our Embassy in Tokyo, that the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has forwarded the enclosed User's Manual for Ocean-Going Ships which was issued by the Japan Maritime Safety Agency. The following new conditions should be complied with in conjunction with the Japanese Ship Reporting System when conducting marine scientific research in areas subject to Japanese jurisdiction:

1. Notification of entry into and exit from the Japanese EEZ (200 nm) must be made to the nearest Regional Head Office of the Maritime Safety Agency (RHO/MSA).

2. Within the areas of the EEZ, the vessel also must keep the RHO/MSA informed of its position at 1200 hours (Japan time) each day.

3. The RHO/MSA must be notified of any changes in the schedule as soon as possible either directly or through official channels.

4. Any detection of submarine volcanic activities (such as change in water color) should be reported as soon as possible to the RHO/MSA.

As indicated above, all reports to the RHO/MSA should be prepared in accordance with the JASREP User's Manual (please contact the Research Vessel Clearance Officer at the Department of State for a copy of the JASREP User's Manual).

The stated prior notice requirement for research clearance requests for Japan is 60 days. Therefore, it is required that all requests be submitted to the Department of State at least three months prior to proposed research, and in compliance with the "UNOLS Handbook for International Operations of U.S. Scientific Research Vessels", and NTRVO No. 87.

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