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Notice to Research Vessel Operators No. 67

Subject: Foreign Research Clearance Requests
Released by the Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, January 14, 1985.

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Enclosed are instructions for requesting State Department assistance in obtaining foreign research clearance for marine scientific research and the revised UNOLS Cruise Prospectus Form for making such requests. A publication entitled "Handbook for International Operations of U.S. Scientific Research Vessels" is being prepared by UNOLS and should be available early l985. It contains valuable information relating to foreign research clearances.



A request for State Department assistance in obtaining a foreign clearance for marine scientific research should consist of (1) a cover letter from the R/V operator which references the enclosed Cruise Prospectus, explains what clearances are required, and gives any special instructions necessary; (2) a Cruise Prospectus Form [Adobe pdf reader/html conversion pdf file]; (3) a one page description of the scientific purpose and research objectives including previous related cruises and plans for future research and follow-on studies; (4) and a track chart or charts (page-sized and suitable for reproduction). This information should be forwarded to:

R/V Clearance Officer
OES/OA Room 5805
U.S. Department of State
Washington, D.C. 20520
Telephone: 202-647-4935

It should be understood that the above information should reach the State Dept. at least one month before the required lead time of the country involved (See NTRVO #61). It should be further understood that two berths must be made available to participants from each country for which a clearance is requested and that all data results must be shared with each host country. Refer to UNOLS "Handbook for International Operations of U.S. Scientific Research Vessels" for additional information regarding clearances. See NTRVO #66 for information concerning post cruise obligations.

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