Compulsory Pilotage in International Straits: The Torres Strait PSSA Proposal

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Ocean Development & International Law, ISSN: 0090-8320, Vol: 37, Issue: 1, Page: 93-112

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Julian Roberts
Informa UK Limited; Taylor & Francis Group
Social Sciences; Environmental Science; Compulsory; pilotage; international; straits; Torres; Strait; PSSA; proposal; Law
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At a time when the International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) concept is under intense scrutiny by IMO member states, Australia and Papua New Guinea jointly proposed an extension to the existing Great Barrier Reef PSSA to include the waters of the Torres Strait. As a measure to protect this PSSA, a compulsory pilotage regime was proposed for adoption by the IMO. This article analyzes the Torres Strait proposal and, in particular, the reaction by many IMO member states to the proposal for compulsory pilotage in a strait used for international navigation. Consideration is given to the legal basis for such a measure and the options available to the proposing states to implement a pilotage regime in the Torres Strait. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.