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Notice to Research Vessel Operators No. 96

Subject: Additional information relative to obtaining permission to conduct marine scientific research in Brazil's jurisdiction.
Released by the Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, September 25, 1990.

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The following information is being provided in addition to that outlined in NTRVO No. 84. OES/OA has been advised by the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, DC, of the following information relative to requests for U.S. marine scientific research in areas subject to the jurisdiction of Brazil:

According to Article V (sole paragraph ) of Brazilian Presidential Decree No. 96,000 dated May 2, 1988, authorization for scientific research and investigation by foreign parties (individuals, private or government organizations) will only be granted on the basis of prior contracts, agreements, or exchange programs with Brazilian scientific institutions. In case no Brazilian scientific institution is interested in a contract, agreement or exchange program, the authorization will be granted as an exception.

The absence of prior contact with Brazilian scientific institutions, or the lack of reference to such contact in the clearance request render difficult the granting of the necessary authorization by the Brazilian Navy Ministry.

In order to expedite the authorization process, the Embassy of Brazil kindly requests that the institutions which conduct marine scientific research be informed that before sending their clearance requests, they should contact the following Brazilian institutions to study the possibility of a contract, an agreement, or an exchange program:

Dr. Yoshimine Ikeda
Coordenacao Brasileiri dos Programas WOCE e TOGA
Instituto Oceanografico da USP
Cidade Universitaria - Butantan
05508 -- San Paulo - Brasil
TELEX: 11 82569 FAX: (011) 210 3092
TEL: (011) 813-3222 EXT. 2369

Dr. Valdenir Veronese Furtado
Coordenacao Nacional do Programa de Geologia e Geofisica Marinha
Instituto Oceanografico da USP
Cidade Universitaria - Butantan
05508 -- Sao Paulo - Brasil
TELEX: 11 82569 FAX: (011) 210 3092
TEL: (011) 813-3222 EXT. 2321

This information is required in addition to that outlined NTRVO No. 67 and NTRVO No. 84.

The stated lead-time requirement for Brazil is six months. Therefore, it is requested that clearance requests be submitted to the Department of State at least seven months prior to the start of research proposed in Brazil, and in compliance with the "UNOLS Handbook for International Operations of U.S. Scientific Research Vessels," Appendix D (Foreign Clearance Request Forms).

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