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Egypt/Saudi Arabia: Egyptian Parliament Ratifies Maritime Border Demarcation Agreement

(June 26, 2017) On June 14, 2017, in a general session, the Egyptian Council of Representatives (the parliament) ratified the maritime border demarcation agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Based on this bilateral agreement, Egypt will cede its territorial rights to two Red Sea islands (Tiran and Sanfair) to Saudi Arabia. (Egypt Parliament to Vote […]

Egypt/Saudi Arabia: Supreme Administrative Court Rejects Government Appeal in Red Sea Islands Agreement Case

(Jan. 25, 2017) On January 16, 2017, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rejected the Egyptian government’s appeal against a decision issued by the court of first instance that repealed a bilateral agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia on maritime demarcation.  The agreement included the transfer of sovereignty of Tiran and Sanafir Islands in the […]

Egypt/Saudi Arabia: Bilateral Agreement on Maritime Demarcation Approved by Ministers

(Jan. 12, 2017) On December 29, 2016, the Council of Ministers of Egypt approved a maritime demarcation agreement between the governments of Egypt and Saudi Arabia. According to the agreement, Saudi Arabia will assume control over two islands in the Red Sea that have been under the control of Egypt. Following its approval of the […]

Panama: Accession to Multilateral Treaty on Invasive Species

(Dec. 5, 2016) In October 2016, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced that Panama has acceded to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (known as the Ballast Water Management, or BWM, Convention). Panama is the 53rd country to take that step.  Panama is the largest shipping industry […]

Indonesia; Singapore: Maritime Border Pact Signed

(Sept. 11, 2014) On September 3, 2014, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong witnessed the signing of the Treaty Between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of Singapore Relating to the Delimitation of the Territorial Seas of the Two Countries in the Eastern Part of the Strait of […]

Bangladesh; India: Court Awards Control of Maritime Region

(July 15, 2014) On July 7, 2014, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, which is located in The Hague, issued its decision on the maritime dispute between Bangladesh and India. (Bay of Bengal Maritime Boundary Arbitration Between Bangladesh and India (Bangladesh v. India), Permanent Court of Arbitration website (last visited July 11, 2014).) The Court considered […]

Russia; Ukraine: Legislature Adopts Law on Dissolution of Black Sea Fleet Treaties

(Apr. 3, 2014) On April 1, 2014, following the adoption of legislation that denounces a set of treaties signed by the State Duma (parliament) between Russia and Ukraine, the Federation Council, which is the upper chamber of the Russian legislature, gave its consent to termination of the treaties. (Press Release, Extraordinary Meeting of the Federation […]

Africa: New Regional Anti-Piracy Agreement

(July 9, 2013) On June 25, 2013, in an effort to help prevent piracy and other illegal maritime actions in West and Central Africa, participants in the <?Summit of the Gulf of Guinea Heads of State and Government, held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, adopted the Yaoundé Declaration on the Gulf of Guinea Security. Two key resolutions […]

Denmark: Seabed Floor Expedition to Determine Extent of Territory

(Aug. 10, 2012) The six nations that border the Arctic Sea (Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Russia, and the United States) each claim territory 200 nautical miles (about 230 miles) into the sea as exclusive economic zones. If a nation can demonstrate that the continental shelf extends from its shore beyond the 200 nautical-mile limit, it […]

Australia; Indonesia: Agreement on Access to Indonesian Seas Planned

(Aug. 6, 2012) On August 1, 2012, Indonesia's Defense Ministry announced plans for a future agreement with Australia that would permit Australian ships to patrol Indonesian waters under some circumstances. According to Brigadier General Hartind Asrin, a Ministry spokesman, “[w]e are now still working on the formula for the planned cooperation. We have established a […]