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Notice to Research Vessel Operators No. 122

Subject: New Requirements for Marine Research Cruises and Port Calls in Netherland Waters.

Released by the Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental
and Scientific Affairs, February 1999.

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Following this summary, please find a copy of the instructions for 
"Notification of Proposed Research Cruise".

The lead-time requirement for research vessel clearance requests for 
the Netherlands is three months.  Therefore, it is required that all 
clearance requests for the Netherlands be submitted to the Department 
of State at least four months prior to the proposed start of research, 
and in compliance with the "UNOLS Handbook for International Operations 
of U.S. Research Vessels."


Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Transport Adviser
Letter No. VADV-174/99

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs presents its compliments to the Embassy 
of the United States of America and has the honor to inform the Embassy 
that as form 1 February 1999 all requests for port visits to the 
Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba, and research cruises 
in the territorial waters of the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles 
and Aruba, will be handled by the Transport Advisor, Economic 
Cooperation Department, contact person is Ms. Sandra Robberecht, tel. 
348 6583, telefax 348 4909 (alternate: Ms. Joyce Simons, tel. 348 

Please note that requests for port visits should be submitted at least 
two months in advance in conformity with the enclosed application form.  
Requests for research cruises need to be submitted at least three 
months in advance, accompanied by a "Notification of Proposed Research 
Cruise" in duplicate (see the following form).

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs avails itself this opportunity to renew 
to the Embassy of the United States of America the assurances of its 
highest consideration.

The Hague, 28 January 1999

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1.  Name of research ship:

2.  Cruise dates:

3a.  Operating authority:
3b.  Operating agent:

4.  Owner:

5.  Particulars of ship:
     Overall length:
     Maximum draught:
     Net tonnage:
     Call sign:

6.  Crew:
     Name of master:
     Number of crew:

7.  Chief scientist:

8.  Geographical area in which the ship will operate:  (with reference 
in latitude and longitude)

9.  Brief description of purpose of cruise:

10.  Names and dates of intended ports of call:

11.  Any special logistic requirements at ports of call:


1.  Name of research ship:

2.  Cruise dates:

3.  Purpose of reasearch and general operational methods:

4.  Attach chart showing (on an appropriate scale) the geographical 
area of the intended work, positions of intended 
stations/hydrographical sections:

5a.  Type of samples required:
5b.  Methods by which samples will be obtained (including 
dredge/core/drill techniquies):

6.  Details of moored equipment:

7.  Explosives:

8.  Detail and reference of:
     a.  Any relevant previous/future cruises:

     b.  Any previous publised research data relating to the proposed 
cruise:  (Attach separate sheet if necessary.)

9.  Names and addresses of scientists of the coastal state in whose 
waters the proposed cruise takes place with whom previous contact has 
been made:

10.  State:

a. whether visits to the ship in port by scientist of the coastal state 
concerned will be acceptable:

b. whether it will be acceptable to carry on board an observer from the 
coastal state for any part of the cruise and dates and ports of 

c.  when research data from intended cruise is likely to be made 
available to the coastal state and if so, by what means:


11.  Complete the following table - include a separate copy for each 
coastal state (indicate "Yes" or "No" if applicable):

Marine scientific | water     | fisheries | distance of research
equipment used    | depth (m) | research  | to coast in nautical miles
                  |           |           | <3   3-12   12-50   50-200

List of intended sampling stations during cruise:


(End of form)

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