Subject: Senegal - Research and Port Call Clearances.
Released by the Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, January 20, 1988.
The following requirements for conducting scientific research in Senegalese waters were issued in 1987:
1) The application must include a complete and detailed description of the research project.
2. The R/V must allow one or more Senegalese researchers on board. They must have access to the research data. Their food and other expenses must be met on an equal basis with officers on board.
3) The results and analyses of the research must be provided to the Government of Senegal no later than one year following the research activities. This should be transmitted through this office.
No advance time period was specified. Therefore, applications should reach this office at least by the standard three months prior to the research project.
No definition of waters under Senegalese jurisdiction was included. Accordingly, we take it that the requirements apply to research in the 12 mile territorial sea, fisheries and other research within the 200 mile EEZ, and research on the continental shelf.
The standard format for submission of research clearances should be sufficient to meet Senegal's requirements (see NTRVO #67, January 14, 1985).
The following requirements concerning port calls were issued at the same time:
1) Requests for port calls must be presented at least 45 days before the vessel's scheduled arrival date. (A port call connected with a research clearance should be dealt with as part of the research clearance request.)
2) Requests for "technical" port calls for chandlery and for replenishment of water, food stores, fuel, and other products must include the necessary information on the vessel's requirements, as well as information concerning the vessel's ownership and registry.
3) Requests for port calls for dry docking or repair must include the following information: The status of arms, munitions, and explosives as well as of all products on board which if accidentally discharged or diffused could have grave consequences for humans as well as for ocean resources, and safety measures to be taken during the visit to Senegal.
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