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This Convention shall be open for signature at London from 1 May 1977 until 30 April 1978 by the States invited to participate in the Intergovernmental Conference on the Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage from Offshore Operations, held there from 20 October to 31 October 1975 and from 13 December to 17 December 1976, and shall thereafter be open for accession by such States.
This Convention shall be subject to ratification, acceptance or approval.
The States Parties may unanimously invite to accede to this Convention other States which have coastlines on the North Sea, the Baltic Sea or that part of the Atlantic Ocean to the north of 36 degrees North latitude.
The instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval and accession shall be deposited with the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
1. This Convention shall enter into force on the ninetieth day following the date of deposit of the fourth instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.
2. For each State ratifying, accepting, approving or acceding to the Convention after the deposit of the fourth instrument, the Convention shall enter into force on the ninetieth day after deposit by such State of its instrument.
A State Party may denounce this Convention at any time by means of a notice in writing addressed to the depositary Government. Any such denunciation shall take effect twelve months after the date on which the depositary Government has received such notice, or at such later date as may be specified in the notice.
No reservations may be made to this Convention.
Any State Party may, after having obtained the agreement of at least one-third of the States Parties, convene a Conference of States Parties for the revision or amendment of this Convention.
1. Any State may, at the time of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession or at any later date, declare by means of a notice in writing addressed to the depositary Government that this Convention shall apply to all or any of the territories for whose international relations it is responsible, provided that they are situated within the area defined in Article 18.
2. Such declaration shall take effect on the ninetieth day after its receipt by the depositary Government or, if on such date the Convention has not yet entered into force, from the date of its entry into force.
3. Each State Party which has made a declaration in accordance with paragraph 1 of this Article may, in accordance with Article 21, denounce this Convention in relation to all or any of the territories concerned.
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