Maritime Zones Act

Number of Act: 
2
Date of promulgation: 
01 January 1999
Date of commencement: 
01 July 2000
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CONSOLIDATED TO 30 JUNE 2012

LAWS OF SEYCHELLES

 

Act 2 of 1999.

* Act 5 of 2009.

MARITIME ZONES ACT

[1st July, 2000]

 

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

PART 1 – PRELIMINARY

1.              Short title

2.              Interpretation

PART II - TERRITORIAL SEA, INTERNAL WATERS, ARCHIPELAGIC WATERS AND CONTIGUOUS ZONE

3.              Baselines

4.              Limits of the territorial sea

5.              Internal waters

6.              Archipelagic waters

7.              Sovereign jurisdiction over internal waters, territorial sea and archipelagic waters

8.              Contiguous zone

PART III - EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE AND CONTINENTAL SHELF

9.       Exclusive economic zone

10.     Rights and jurisdiction in relation to the exclusive economic zone

11.     Continental shelf

12.          Rights and jurisdiction in relation to the continental shelf

13.          Delimitation of exclusive economic zone and continental Shelf

14.          Submarine cables and pipelines

PART IV - RIGHTS OF PASSAGE

15.          Freedoms of navigation and overflight

16.          Entitlement to innocent passage in territorial sea and archipelagic waters by foreign ships

17.          Innocent passage

18.          Archipelagic sea lanes passage

19.     Sea lanes and air routes

PART V - JURISDICTION, ENFORCEMENT AND OFFENCES

20.          Criminal jurisdiction with regard to persons on board a foreign ship

21.          Limited civil jurisdiction with' regard to persons on board a foreign ship

22.          Jurisdiction of the courts of Seychelles

23.          Powers of authorised officers

24.          Contravention of this Act

25.          Activities within the exclusive economic zone or on the continental shelf

26.          Obstruction etc. of authorised officer

PART VI - GENERAL

27.          Charts of maritime zones etc.

28.          Evidence of charts etc.

29.          Publication of charts etc.

30.          Application of certain laws to exclusive economic zone or continental shelf

31.          Application of this Act

32.          References to maritime zones in any law

33.          Regulations

34.          Repeal of Maritime Zones Act, 1977

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PART I – PRELIMINARY

 

1.                     This Act may be cited as the Maritime Zones Act.

 

2.                     In this Act —  

 

“Archipelagic State” means a state constituted wholly by one or more Archipelagoes and may include other islands;

                                           

“archipelagic waters” means the archipelagic waters of Seychelles as defined in section 6;

           

“archipelagic sea lanes passage” has the meaning assigned by section 18;

 

“authorised officer” means an authorised officer appointed under section 23(5);

 

“baselines” means the baselines as determined in accordance with section 3;

 

“contiguous zone” means the contiguous zone of Seychelles as defined in section 8;

 

“continental shelf”' means the continental shelf of Seychelles as defined in section 11;

 

“Convention” means the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention of 1982;

 

“equidistance line” as between Seychelles and a foreign state means the line every point of which is equidistant from the nearest point of the baselines and the corresponding baselines of the foreign state;

 

“exclusive economic zone” means the exclusive economic zone of Seychelles, as defined in section 9;

 

“foreign state” means a state other than Seychelles;

 

“foreign ship” means a ship of or registered in a foreign state;

 

‘innocent passage’ has the meaning assigned by section 17;

 

“internal waters” has the meaning assigned by section 5;

 

“limit”, in relation to archipelagic waters, the territorial sea, the contiguous zone, the continental shelf and the exclusive economic  zone,  means  the  limit  of  such waters, sea, shelf or zone with reference to the individual or composite group or groups of islands constituting the territory of Seychelles;

 

“low-water line” means the low-water line of the coast or reefs of Seychelles at the lowest astronomical tide;

 

“operator”, in respect of a ship, means the owner or operator of the ship;

 

“nautical mile” means the "international nautical mile of 1852 metres;

 

“Regulations” means the regulations made under section 33;

 

“ship” means a vessel, boat or sea-craft of any kind and includes a submarine;

 

“submarine” means an underwater vehicle however propelled;

 

“territorial sea” means the territorial sea of Seychelles as defined in section 4.

 

PART II – TERRITORIAL SEA, INTERNALWATERS, ARCHIPELAGIC; WATERS AND CONTIGUOUS ZONE

 

        3.(1)         Seychelles is an archipelagic state and has defined the baselines for the purpose of delimiting its maritime zones as follows —

 

(a)                The low-water line; or

     

(b)               where the President has prescribed archipelagic baselines under subsection (2).

 

(2)            The President may, by Order published in the Gazette, prescribe, subject to such limitation and exception as the President may specify in the Order archipelagic baselines as baselines. 

 

(3)            The President shall, in the Order published under subsection (2), identify the baselines —

                                                                                          

(a)        by reference to charts of a scale which  is adequate to ascertain the position of the baselines; or

                         

 (b)       by listing the geographical co-ordinates of points of the baselines, specifying the geodetic datum.

                                          

4.              The limit of the territorial sea is the line every point of which is at a distance of twelve nautical miles from the nearest point on the baselines.

 

5.(1)         The internal waters of Seychelles comprise the areas of the sea that are on the landward side —

                                                    

(a)        of the low water-line; or

                                            

(b)        where the President has, by Order published in the Gazette, prescribed closing lines under subsection (2), of the closing lines.

            (2)        The President may, by Order published in the Gazette, prescribe closing lines for the purpose of delimiting any of the internal waters of Seychelles.

                                             

 6.             The archipelagic waters of Seychelles comprise the areas of the sea on the landward side of any straight archipelagic baselines, established as provided under section 3, up to the seaward limit of the internal waters.

                    

7.              The sovereign jurisdiction of Seychelles extends and has always extended to the internal waters, territorial sea and archipelagic waters of Seychelles and the sea bed and subsoil underlying, and the air space over, such sea and waters.

                       

                                                                      

  8.(1)       Subject to subsection (2), the contiguous zone of Seychelles comprises the areas of the sea that are beyond and adjacent to the territorial sea having, as their seaward limit, a line measured seaward from the baselines every point of which is twenty-four nautical miles distant from the nearest point on the  baselines.

 

     (2)   The contiguous zone shall not extend into any part of the territorial sea of a foreign state, determined in accordance with the Convention, and, where appropriate, subsection (1) shall operate as though it were modified to the extent necessary to meet the requirement of this subsection in any particular case.

       

     (3)        Seychelles has and may exercise in respect of the contiguous zone such powers and authorities as may be necessary to prevent or punish the infringement within Seychelles, including the territorial sea and archipelagic waters, of any written law with respect to customs, fiscal, immigration or sanitation.

 

PART III - EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC    ZONE AND CONTINENTAL SHELF

 

                                                                     9.             Subject to any Order made under section 13(2) with respect to the delimitation of the exclusive economic zone, the exclusive economic zone of Seychelles comprises the areas beyond and adjacent to the territorial sea, having, as their seaward limit, a line measured seaward every point of which is at a distance of 200 nautical miles from the nearest point on the baselines.

 

   10.        Subject to this Act, Seychelles has, and has always had, in relation to the exclusive economic zone —

                                      

  (a)      sovereign rights for the purpose of the exploration, exploitation, conservation and management of the natural resources, whether living or non-living, of the seabed of the zone and the subsoil of and superjacent waters to the seabed as well as for producing energy from tides, winds and currents;

                                               

  (b)      exclusive rights to construct and to authorise and regulate the construction, operation and use of —

                                     

(i)        artificial islands;

                               

(ii)       installations and structures, for the purposes provided for under paragraph (a)  or any other economic purposes;

                                             

 (c)         exclusiverights to authorise and to regulate the construction, operation and use of, and jurisdiction over installations and structures which may interfere with the exercise by Seychelles of rights in respect of the exclusive economic zone;

 

(d)        exclusive jurisdiction over artificial  islands, installations and structures referred to in paragraph (b);

                           

(e)        exclusive jurisdiction to regulate, authorise and control marine scientific research;

 

(f)  jurisdiction to preserve and protect the marine environment and to prevent and control marine pollution; and

(g)        such other rights and jurisdiction as are recognised by international law.

      

         11.(1)  Subject to an Order made under section 13(2) with respect to the continental shelf, the continental shelf of Seychelles comprises the seabed and subsoil of the submarine areas that extend beyond the limit of the territorial sea throughout the natural prolongation of the land territory of Seychelles —

 

(a)        to the outer edge of the continental margin; or

 

(b)        to a distance of two hundred nautical miles from the baseline where the outer edge of the continental margin does not extend up to that distance.

 

             (2)       For the purposes of subsection (1), wherever the continental margin extends beyond 200 nautical miles from the nearest point on the baselines, the outer limits of the continental shelf shall be established and delineated with due regard to the requirements and limitations of international law.

 

      (3)        For the purposes of this section, the continental margin comprises the submerged prolongation of the land mass of Seychelles consisting of the seabed and subsoil of the continental shelf, the slope and the rise, but does not include the deep ocean floor with its oceanic ridges or the subsoil thereof.

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12.(1)          Subject to this Act, Seychelles has, and has always had, on or over the continental shelf —

 

(a)        exclusive sovereign rights for the purpose of the exploration and exploitation of natural  resources;

                                                                                   

(b)        rights and jurisdictions as are    referred to in section 10(b) to (g) and for this purpose a reference to the exclusive economic zone in section 10(b) to (g) shall be deemed to be a reference to the continental shelf.

 

   (2)        In subsection (1) (a), "natural resources" means mineral and other non-living resources  of  the  seabed  and   subsoil  together

 

with living organisms belonging to the sedentary species being organisms which, at the harvestable stage, either are immobile on or under the seabed or are unable to move exceptin constant physical contact with the seabed or subsoil.

 

  13.(1)     Where the exclusive economic zone or the continental shelf of Seychelles determined in accordance with this Act would extend into the exclusive economic zone or the continental shelf, determined in accordance with the Convention, of an adjacent or opposite state, the exclusive economic zone or the continental shelf of Seychelles shall be determined by agreement between Seychelles and the other state or, in the absence of an agreement, in accordance with international law.

    

(2)        The President may, for the purpose of giving effect to an agreement or other determination under subsection (1), by Order published in the Gazette, specify the limit of the exclusive economic zone or the continental shelf of Seychelles generally or with regard to a particular area of the exclusive economic zone or the continental shelf.

 

 14.(1)       Seychelles shall —

 

(a)        respect submarine cables laid by  any foreign state before the coming info operation of this Act and passing through archipelagic waters without making a landfall; and

 

(b)                   permit the maintenance and replacement of any such cables upon receiving notice of their location and the intention to repair or replace them.

 

                                           (2)        Seychelles shall not impede the laying or maintenance by a  foreign state of submarine cables and pipelines on the sea bed of the exclusive economic zone or the continental shelf.

 

(3)        Nothing in subsection (2) shall operate to prejudice —                       

(a)        the exercise by Seychelles in relation to the exclusive economic zone or continental shelf of any rights or the jurisdiction referred to in section 10 or section 12;

 

(b)        the right of Seychelles to establish conditions for cables and pipelines entering its territory or to exercise its jurisdiction over cables and pipelines constructed or used in connection with the exploration of the exclusive economic zone or the continental shelf or the exploitation of its natural resources, or the operation of artificial islands, installations and structures under its jurisdiction.

                                                        

PART IV - RIGHTS OF PASSAGE

                                                                    

  15.          Subject to the exercise by Seychelles of its sovereign rights and exclusive jurisdiction within its exclusive economic zone or over its continental shelf, ships and aircraft of foreign states shall, in accordance with the principles, practice and provisions of international law as are provided for under this Act, enjoy in the exclusive economic zone and over the continental shelf —

                                                                       

(a)         freedom of navigation; and

                                                                                     

(b)         freedom of overflight.

 

      16.(1)         Without prejudice to any other written law but subject to subsections (2), (3) and (4), foreign ships/shall enjoy the right of innocent passage through the territorial sea and archipelagic waters.

 

           (2)        Foreign warships may only enter or pass through the territorial sea or archipelagic waters after giving notice to, and obtaining prior authorisation of, the Port Authorities of Seychelles.

 

            (3)   Submarines shall, while passing through the archipelagic waters or territorial sea navigate on the surface and show their flag.

 

           (4)    A nuclear-powered foreign ship or foreign ship carrying any nuclear substance or any other radioactive substances or materials, wishing to exercise the right of innocent passage shall give notice to, and obtain the prior authorisation of the Port Authorities of, Seychelles before doing so.

 

           (5)       The President may, by Order published in the Gazette, suspend the right of innocent passage for such temporary period, and in such parts of the archipelagic waters or the territorial sea, as are specified in the Order, where the President is satisfied that it is essential to do so for the protection of the security of Seychelles, including weapons exercises.

        

17.(1)  Innocent passage means passage that is continuous and expeditious and not prejudicial to the peace, good order or security of Seychelles, for the purpose of —

                                                      

(a)                traversing the territorial sea or archipelagic waters without entering internal waters or calling at a roadstead or port facility outside internal waters; or

 

(b)        proceeding to or from internal waters or a call at such a roadstead or port facility.

 

(2)        Subject to subsection (3), the passage of a foreign ship is prejudicial to the peace, good order and security of Seychelles if, without the authority for doing so, the ship engages, within the archipelagic waters or territorial. sea in any of the following activities —

 

(a)        any threat or use of force against the sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence of Seychelles or acts in any other manner in violation of the principles of international law embodied in the Charter of the United Nations;

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(b)        the launching, landing or taking on   board of any aircraft or military device;

 

(c)                any exercise or practice with weapons of any kind;

 

(d)               any act aimed at collecting information to the prejudice of the defence or security of Seychelles;

 

(e)                 any act by way of propaganda aimed at affecting the defence or security of Seychelles;

 

(f)                the taking on board or off-landing of any person, commodity or currency contrary to the customs, fiscal, immigration or sanitary laws and regulations of Seychelles;

 

(g)                any fishing activities or extracting of living and non-living resources;

 

(h)               any act of pollution calculated or likely to cause damage or harm to Seychelles, its people, resources or environment;

 

(i)                 the carrying out of research or survey activities;

 

(j)                 any act aimed at interfering with any system of communication or telecommunication or other facilities or installations whether such system, facilities or installations are on land or on the sea or under the sea;

 

(k)               such other activity not having a direct  bearing on passage or is designed to hamper international navigation.

 

  (3)      The passage of a foreign warship in the territorial sea or archipelagic waters is prejudicial to the peace, good order or security of Seychelles if the warship navigates in the archipelagic waters or the territorial sea without the prior notice and authorisation required under section 16(2).

 

   (4)     For the purposes of this section —

                                                                                                  

 

 

(a)        the passage of a foreign ship does not cease to be continuous and expeditious by reason only of the ship stopping or anchoring,  if  the stopping or anchoring is —

 

(i)        incidental to ordinary navigation;

                      

(ii)       rendered necessary by force  majeure  or distress; or

                

(iii)      for the purpose of rendering assistance to persons, ships or aircraft in danger or distress; and

 

(b)        a foreign ship has authority to engage in an activity of the kind referred to in subsection (2) if it does so with —

 

(i)        the prior  permission  of  the Port Authorities of Seychelles; or

                                        

(ii)       under the authority of a written law, or of a licence, lease or other authority lawfully given or issued under a written law of Seychelles.

                                            

 (5)       In exercising the right of innocent passage, a foreign ship shall comply with —

 

(a)        the laws of Seychelles, order, direction, licence or any other authority relating to the exercise of innocent passage through- the archipelagic waters or           territorial sea with respect to —

 

(i)          the  safety of  navigation  and   the  regulation of maritime traffic;

           

            (ii)        the protection of navigational aids and   facilities and other facilities or installations;

 

(iii)       the protection of cables and     pipelines;

 

            (iv)       the conservation of the living resources of the sea;

                                                  

(v)        the prevention of the infringement of fisheries laws and regulations of Seychelles;

                                                   

(vi)       the prevention of the infringement of customs, fiscal, immigration or sanitary laws and regulations of Seychelles;

 

(vii)      marine scientific research and hydrographic surveys;

 

(viii) the preservation of the environment of Seychelles and the prevention, reduction and control of pollution;

 

(b)        all generally accepted international regulations relating to the prevention of collision at sea.

                                                                        

18.(1)       Every foreign ship or aircraft may, subject to and in accordance with this Act and international law, exercise the right of archipelagic sea lanes passage.

 

(2)        Subject to subsection (5), the right of archipelagic sea lanes passage shall be exercised only through sea lanes or air routes designated pursuant to section 19.

             

(3)        In exercising the right of, archipelagic sea lanes passage, a foreign ship shall observe —

                                                                 

(a)        generally accepted international regulations, procedures and practices for safety at sea, or for the prevention, reduction and control of pollution from ships which have effect in the archipelagic waters;

               

 

  (b)     the provisions of any written law, order, direction, licence and any other authority which have effect in the archipelagic waters for or with respect to —

 

(i)       the safety of navigation, the regulation of maritime traffic or the use of sea lanes, or traffic separation schemes;

                

(ii)      fishing vessels and the prevention of fishing, including the stowage of fishing gear;

 

(iii)    customs, excise, fiscal, immigration or sanitary laws and regulations in relation to the loading or unloading of any commodity, currency or person; and

                

(iv)    the prevention, reduction and control of pollution, which give effect to international regulations regarding the discharge of oil, oily wastes and other noxious substances in the archipelagic waters.

 

       (4)    In exercising the right of archipelagic sea Lanes passage, a foreign aircraft shall —

 

(a)                observe the Rules of the Air established by the International Civil Aviation Organisation as they apply to civil aircraft, and a foreign aircraft shall normally comply with such safety measures, and shall at all times operate with due regard for safety of navigation; and

 

(b)                at all times monitor the radio frequency assigned by the appropriate internationally designated air traffic control authority or the appropriate international distress radio frequency.

 

(5)        Archipelagic waters have been designated under section 19, the right of archipelagic sea lanes passage may be exercised through lanes or routes normally used for international navigation.

 

            (6)        Navigation by a foreign ship or aircraft through or over archipelagic waters does not cease to be continuous and expeditious by reason only of any activity of the ship or aircraft rendered necessary by force majeure.

 

             (7)       In this section, "right of archipelagic sea lanes passage" means the right of navigation and overflight in normal mode for the purpose of continuous,  expeditious   and   unobstructed   transit between —

                                                                                                                         

(a)        one part of the high seas or the     exclusive economic zone; and

 

(b)        another part of the high seas or the exclusive economic zone.

              

                                    19.                The President may, by Order published in the Gazette —

 

(a)                designate sea lanes and air routes to be used for or in connection with the exercise of the right of archipelagic sea lanes passage under this Act; and

 

(b)        prescribe traffic separation schemes.

 

PART V - JURISDICTION, ENFORCEMENT AND OFFENCES

 

                                  20.(1)       Subject to subsection (2) and section 23, Seychelles does not have criminal jurisdiction In respect of an offence committed on board a foreign ship during its passage in the territorial sea and the authorities of Seychelles may not arrest a person or conduct an investigation on board the ship in respect of the offence.

         

            (2)        Subsection (l) does not apply —

                                                     

(a)        to an offence under this Act which is committed by a person on board a foreign ship, or under a
written law which is made applicable under this Act to a person on board a foreign ship, while the foreign ship is in the territorial waters of Seychelles;

                                                                                      

 (b)       where the foreign ship is a merchant ship or a ship which belongs to a foreign government and is being operated  for   commercial   purposes  and —

                                                                                                                                            

(i)        the  consequences  of  the  offence      extend   to  Seychelles;

 

(ii)        the offence is of a kind likely to    disturb      the peace of Seychelles or good order of the territorial sea;

 

 (iii)      the assistance of the authorities of  Seychelles has been requested by the master of the ship or a diplomatic agent or consular officer of the flag state of the ship;

 

(iv)       the arrest or investigation is necessary for the suppression of illicit traffic in narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances; or

 

(v)        the ship is passing through the territorial sea after leaving the internal waters of Seychelles.

 

            (3)        The authorities of Seychelles may not —

                                                                                                           

(a)                arrest a person on board a foreign ship which is proceeding from a foreign port and passing through the territorial sea without entering internal waters of Seychelles in respect of a contravention committed before the ship entered the territorial sea; or

 

(b)               conduct an investigation on board a foreign ship in respect of the contravention –unless the authorities of Seychelles -

                                                                                                                                                                

(c)        have reasonable ground for believing that as a result of the contravention there  has  been  a  substantial discharge causing or threatening significant pollution of the marine environment; or

 

(d)        have reasonable ground for believing that as a result of the contravention there has been a discharge causing major damage or the threat of major damage to the coastline of Seychelles or any resource of its territorial sea or exclusive economic zone.

                                                       

                                           (4)        Where subsection (3)(c) applies, the authorities of Seychelles may, where the ship refuses to give the authorities information about its identity, port of registry, last and next ports of call and any other information required to establish whether contravention of a kind referred to in subsection (3)(c) has occurred, undertake a physical inspection of the ship.

 

            (5)        Where subsection (3)(d) applies, the authorities of Seychelles may, unless the ship has posted reasonable bond or other security, detain the ship until the determination of the case.

 

                                 21.(1)       Subject to this section, a foreign ship passing through the territorial sea may not be stopped or diverted for the purpose of exercising civil jurisdiction in relation to a. person on board the ship.

          

(2)        Subject to subsection (3), a person shall not arrest or levy execution against a foreign ship passing through the territorial sea for the purpose of any civil proceedings except where the proceedings are in respect of obligations or liabilities assumed or incurred in relation to the ship in the course, or for the purpose, of its voyage through the territorial sea.

 

(3)         Subsection (2), in so far as it prohibits the arrest of, or levying execution against, a foreign ship, shall not apply in the case of a foreign ship which is lying in or passing through the territorial sea after leaving internal waters.  

 

 

22.(1)         A court in Seychelles has jurisdiction over the territory of Seychelles which includes the internal waters, the archipelagic waters and the territorial sea of Seychelles.

  

     (2)       The jurisdiction and power of the courts in Seychelles extend to the exclusive economic zone and the continental shelf of Seychelles for the purposes of giving effect to this Act and any other written law extended to the exclusive economic zone or the continental shelf under section 30.

     

       23.(1)      Where an authorised officer has reasonable ground to suspect that a foreign ship has contravened this Act or a written law which is enforceable under this Act or is involved in an activity which is prejudicial to the peace, good order or security of Seychelles in terms of section 17, the authorised officer may, in an area of the sea which falls within the jurisdiction of Seychelles under this Act or where international law confers such jurisdiction, without a warrant  —

 

(a)                stop, board and search the ship for the  purpose of investigating the contravention or the   activity;

       

(b)        require to be produced, examine and make copies of any licence or log book, ship record or other shipping document;

 

(c)        arrest the ship;

 

(d)        arrest the captain or person in charge of the ship or any other person on the ship or who participated in the contravention or activity referred to in this subsection.

 

                                                              (2)        Where a ship has been arrested, the ship and its crew shall be taken into port and delivered into the custody of the court and be dealt with in accordance with this Act.

          

                                            (3)        Where a ship is brought before the court under subsection (2), the court may —

                                                    

(a)            order that the ship be detained until the   investigation 111 relation to the ship has been completed;

 

(b)               order that the ship be released upon the posting of reasonable bond or security;

 

(c)        order the release of the captain or any   other person referred to in subsection (l)( d) upon the posting of reasonable bond or security;

 

(d)        where any bond or security cannot be posted under paragraph (b) or paragraph (c), order the detention of the ship, captain or other person, as the case may be.

 

                                                            (4)                In the exercise of the functions under this section, an authorised officer shall take care not to endanger the safety of navigation or otherwise create any hazard to the ship or shall not bring the ship to an unsafe port or anchorage or expose the marine environment to any unreasonable risks.

 

(5)        The President may, for the purpose of this Act, appoint any person as an authorised  officer.

 

24.(1)       Subject to subsection (2), where a foreign ship has contravened this Act or a written law which is enforceable under this Act or is involved in an activity which is prejudicial to the peace, good order or security of Seychelles in terms of section 17, each of the operator, captain, person in charge of the ship and members of the crew of the ship who participated in the contravention or activity is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine of R500,000 and imprisonment for 10 years.

 

     (2)        Unless an agreement to which the Republic of Seychelles and the foreign state where the ship is registered so provides, a court shall not, under subsection (1), impose a term of imprisonment on the operator, captain, person in charge or members of the crew of a ship in respect of an offence relating to the contravention of the fisheries laws of Seychelles.

 

(3)        Notwithstanding any other written law, the court may, in addition to any sentence passed under subsection (1), order a person who has been convicted of an offence under the subsection to refund any expenses incurred by the authorities of Seychelles in connection with the pursuit, arrest and bringing into port of the ship
and to make good any damage caused by or by the use of the ship or by a person on board the ship.

 

(4)        An amount ordered to be paid under subsection (3) if unpaid is a civil debt in favour of the Republic of Seychelles and may be enforced as such.

 

(5)        On a prosecution for an offence under subsection (I) it is a sufficient defence if the accused proves that the ship had, under section 17(4)(b), Authority under this Act to engage in the act or activity which is the subject of the offence.

 

      25.(1)      Subject to this Act, a person shall not within the exclusive economic zone or on the continental shelf —

 

(a)                explore or exploit any resources of the exclusive economic zone or the continental shelf;

 

(b)        carry out any search or  excavation;

 

(c)        conduct any research;

 

(d)        drill on or construct, maintain or operate any artificial island, offshore-terminal, installation or other structure or device; or

 

(e)        carry out any economic activity,

 

except under or in accordance with an agreement with Seychelles under this Act or another written law.

 

(2)        A person who contravenes subsection (1)is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine of R500,000and imprisonment for 10 years.

 

                                        26.       A person who obstructs or hinders an authorised officer in the exercise of the officer's function, or prevents the officer in carrying out the officer's function, under this Act is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine of R500,OOO and imprisonment for 10 years.

             

PART VI - GENERAL

         

    27.         The President shall cause to be prepared charts or lists of geographical co-ordinates specifying the geodetic datum, as the President thinks fit, showing all or any of the following matters —

                                                 

(a)         the baselines, low-water lines and any closing lines prescribed pursuant to section 5(2);

  

(b)        the seaward limits of the territorial sea, the continental shelf , or the exclusive economic zone;

 

(c)        the axis of sea lanes, air routes or traffic separation schemes designated pursuant  to section 19.

 

28.            A document purporting to be certified by the President to be a true copy of a chart or list of geographical coordinates prepared pursuant to section 27 shall be received in any proceedings as conclusive evidence of any matter- referred to in that section and shown in the document.

 

29.            The President shall cause —

 

(a)        publicity to be given, in such manner as the President thinks appropriate, to charts or lists of geographical co-ordinates prepared pursuant to section 27; and

                                                                

(b)        a copy of each such chart or list to be deposited with the Secretary General  of the United Nations.

 

30.(1)       The President may, by Order published in the Gazette, extend, with such exceptions and modifications as may be specified in the Order, the application   of    any   written   law   to   the   exclusive economic zone or the continental shelf or any part thereof, and an enactment so extended shall have effect in relation to the exclusive economic zone or the continental shelf as the case may be.

 

(2)    An Order made under subsection (1) shall be consistent with the international obligations of Seychelles.

 

31.      Where a provision of this Act is in conflict with the provision of any other written law, the provision of this Act shall prevail.

 

                                32.(1)   A reference in a written law —

                                            

(a)        to "territorial waters" shall, in relation to  any period after the commencement of this Act, be deemed to be a reference to the territorial sea construed in accordance with section 4;

 

(b)               to a maritime zone shall, in relation to any such period, be  construed in accordance with the provision of this Act relating to that zone.

 

(2)        In subsection (1) (b), "maritime .zone" means —

 

(a)                the internal waters;

 

(b)               the archipelagic waters;

 

(c)        the territorial sea;

 

(d)        the contiguous zone;

 

(e)        the exclusive economic zone; or

 

(f)        the continental shelf.

 

33.(1)          The President may make such regulations as the President considers necessary for carrying out the purposes of this Act and without prejudice to the foregoing, the President may make regulations for all or any of the following matters —

                                                           

(a)        the regulation of the conduct of any person in the archipelagic waters or territorial sea, in the exclusive economic zone or on the continental shelf;

 

(b)        regulating, In relation to the exclusive     economic zone —

 

(i)                 the exploration for, and exploitation, conservation and management of, natural resources (other than sedentary species) whether living or non-living, of the sea bed, sub-soil and superjacent waters;

 

(ii)               other activities for the economic exploitation of the exclusive economic zone;

 

(iii)       the protection and preservation of the marine environment and the prevention and control of marine pollution;

 

(iv)      the construction, operation and use of artificial islands, installations and structures; and

 

(v)        the authorisation and control of marine scientific research;

 

 (c)       regulating, in relation to the continental shelf —

 

(i)         the exploration for, and exploitation and management of, natural resources;

 

(ii)        the preservation of the marine environment and the prevention and control of marine pollution;

 

(iii)       the construction, operation and use of artificial islands, installations and structures; and

 

 

(iv)       the authorisation and control of marine scientific research;

 

(d)        providing for such other matters as are necessary or expedient for giving full effect to the rights and jurisdiction of Seychelles in relation to the exclusive economic zone or the continental shelf;

 

(e)        regulating, generally, the use of the internal waters, archipelagic waters or the territorial sea;

 

 (f)        providing for the exercise of powers and authorities in relation to the contiguous zone for the purposes of section 8 (3);

 

(g)        prescribing fees to be paid under this Act whether in connection with any activity or otherwise; and

 

(h)        providing as punishment for the  contravention of regulations made under this Act for a fine not exceeding R100,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 5 years or for both such fine and imprisonment.

 

                                       34.(1)       The Maritime Zones Act, 1977 is repealed.

 

                                                 (2)       Notwithstanding the repeal of the Maritime Zones Act, 1977 by this Act, a statutory instrument made under the repealed Act and in force immediately before the commencement of this Act shall continue in force as if made under this Act until it is amended or repealed under this Act.

 

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LAWS OF SEYCHELLES

 

SI. 125 of 1978

SI. 77 of 1987

SI. 6 of 1990

MARITIME ZONES ACT

SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION

CHAPTER 122

SECTION 6

MARITIME ZONES (EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE) ORDER

 

1.      This Order may be cited as the Maritime Zones (Exclusive Economic Zone) Order.

2.     The limit of the exclusive economic zone is delineated by the boundary of Area A as shown on Chart No. ML/ADN/52 filed in the office of the Director of Surveys and more fully described in the Schedule.               

SCHEDULE

Description of the Limit of the Exclusive Economic Zone

The boundary from point 1 through points 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10, 11, 12, to 13 is formed by the locus of a point 200 nautical miles from the nearest land mass of the Republic of Seychelles.

From point 13 through points 14, 15, 16, 17, to point 18, the boundary is the medium line equidistant between the Republic of Seychelles and the Territory of Mauritius.

The boundary then follows the locus of a point 200 nautical miles from the nearest landmass of the Republic of Seychelles to point 19.

From point 19 through points 20,21, 22,23, 24,25, 26,27, 28, to 29 the boundary is formed by the median line equidistant between the Republic of Seychelles and the Malagasy Republic, Isles Glorieuses (France), Mayotte Island, Iles Comores and Mafia Island (Tanzania).

The Geographical coordinates of the points referred to above are listed below.

Points                                Latitude                                 Longitude

                                          South of the                           East of Greenwich

                                          Equator

1                                      07° 46’                                   43° 15’

2                                      06° 04’                                   46° 41’

3                                      06° 19’                                   47° 49’

4                                      06° 30’                                   48° 40’

5                                      05° 41’                                   49° 57’

6                                      04° °32’                                  50° 04’

7                                      01° 38’                                   52° 36’

8                                      00° 29’                                   56° 03’

9                                      02° 39’                                   58° 48’

10                                    04° 01’                                   59° 15’

11                                    05° 34’                                   59° 09’

12                                    07° 10’                                   59° 30’

13                                    08° 27’                                   59° 22’

14                                    08° 33’                                   58° 23’

15                                    08° 45’                                   56° 25’

16                                    08° 56’                                   54° 30’

17                                    09° 39’                                   53° 53’

18                                    12° 17’                                   53° 49’

19                                    12° 47’                                   53° 14’

20                                    11° 31’                                   50° 29’

21                                    11° 05’                                   50° 12’

22                                    10° 17’                                   49° 26’

23                                    11° 01’                                   48° 30’

24                                    10° 47’                                   47° 33’

25                                    10° 37’                                   46° 56’

26                                    11° 12’                                   45° 47’

27                                    10° 55’                                   45 °31’

28                                    10° 27’                                   44° 51’

29                                    08° 05’                                   43° 10’

 

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Section 10

Maritime Zones (Extension of Enactments) Order

{3rd May, 1988]

1.      This Order may be cited as the Maritime Zones (Extension of Enactments) Order.

2.      The enactments specified in the Schedule shall extend to the continental shelf and the exclusive economic zone.

3.      In the application and enforcement, pursuant to paragraph 2, of the enactments specified in the Schedule the continental shelf and the exclusive economic zone shall be treated as if they are a part of Seychelles.

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SCHEDULE

 

PETROLEUM INCOME TAX DECREE

TRADES TAX ACT

BUSINESS TAX ACT

SOCIAL SECURITY ACT

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Section 15

MARITIME ZONES (MARINE POLLUTION) REGULATIONS

[6th July, 1981]

 

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS

1.       Citation

2.       Interpretation

3.       Discharge of oil

4.       Special defences

5.       Duty to report discharges of oil

6.       Pollution control officers

7.       Hot pursuit

8.       Bar to actions

9.       Detention and costs

10.     Costs of restoration

11.     Bonds

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1.      These Regulations may be cited as the Maritime Zones (Marine Pollution) Regulations.

2.      In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires-

“discharge” includes escape;

“Harbour Master” has the meaning assigned in section 2 of the Harbour Act;

“master” means the person for the time being having command or charge of a vessel;

“oil” means oil of any description and includes spirit produced from oil of any description, and also includes coal tar;

“oil mixture” means a mixture of oil with water or with any other substance;

“owner”, in relation to a vessel, includes a charterer, sub-charterer, lessee or sub-lessee of the vessel;

“pollution control officer” means a pollution control officer appointed under Regulation 6;

“prohibited sea area” means an area specified in the Schedule to these Regulations;

“territorial waters” means the territorial waters of Seychelles as defined by section 3 of the Act.;

“vessel” means any vessel of any nationality.

3.      If any oil or oily mixture is-

(i)       discharged into a prohibited sea are specified in the Schedule to these Regulations; or

(ii)      discharged outside a prohibited sea area so as to cause or contribute to the pollution of a prohibited sea area or any part of Seychelles,

then subject to these Regulations-

(a)    if the discharge is from a vessel, the owner or master of the vessel; or

(b)    if the discharge is from a place on land, the occupier of that place; or

(c)    if the discharge is from an apparatus used for transferring oil from or to a vessel, the person in charge of the apparatus,

is guilty of an offence and is liable to imprisonment for 5 years and to a fine of R.200,000.

4.      Where a person is charged with an offence under Regulations 3, it shall be a defence to prove-

(a)      that the oil or oily mixture was discharged to secure the safety of the vessel, or to prevent damage to the vessel or her cargo, or to save life;

Provided that a defence under this paragraph shall not have effect if the Court is satisfied that the discharge was not necessary for the purpose alleged in the defence or was not a reasonable step to take in the circumstances;

(b)      that the oil or oily mixture escaped as a result of damage to the vessel and that as soon as practicable after the damage occurred all reasonable steps were taken for preventing, or (if it could not be prevented) for stopping or reducing the escape of the oil or oily mixture;

(c)      that the oil or oily mixture escaped as a result of leakage, which was not due to any want of reasonable care, and that as soon as practicable after the escape was discovered all reasonable steps were taken to stop or reduce it; or

(d)      if the person is charged as the occupier of a place on land, that discharge was caused by the act of a person who was in that place without the express or implied permission of the occupier.

5       (1)      If any oil or oily mixture-

(a)    is discharged from a vessel into or so as to be likely to pollute a prohibited sea area to secure the safety of the vessel, or to prevent damage to the vessel, or to save life; or

(b)    is found to be escaping, or to have escaped, into or so as to be likely to pollute a prohibited sea area from a vessel as a result of damage to the vessel or of leakage; or

(c)    is found to be escaping, or to have escaped, into a prohibited sea area from a place on land,

the owner or master of the vessel, or the occupier of the place on land, as the case may be, shall immediately report the occurrence to the Harbour Master stating-

(i)                    whether it fails within paragraph (a), (b) or (c);

(ii)                  the position of the discharge;

(iii)                the position of the vessel;

(iv)                the estimated amount of oil or oily mixture discharged;

(v)                  the type of oil or oily mixture discharged; and

(vi)                the estimated direction and speed of the wind.

(2)           Reports in terms of sub-regulation (1) may be made by radio.

6.      (1)      The Minister may, by notice in the Gazette, appoint public officers as pollution control officers.

(2)      For the purpose of enforcing these Regulations, a pollution control officer may, with or without a warrant,-

(a)    require a vessel-

(i)     within a prohibited sea area; or

(ii)    outside a prohibited sea area where he has reasonable grounds to suspect the vessel or a person in the vessel has contravened these Regulations,

to stop and to do anything else which will facilitate the boarding of the vessel;

(b)    board the vessel;

(c)    require to be produced, examine and make copies of any licence, logbook or other document relating to the vessel or to her cargo or any oil on board;

(d)    make any examination and enquiry which appears to him to be necessary;

(e)    take any sample of oil or other substance; and

(f)    require persons on board the vessel to do anything which appears to him to be necessary to ascertain whether an offence has been committed.

(3)      Where a pollution control officer has reasonable cause to believe that an offence against these Regulations has been committed, he may, with or without warrant,-

(a)    seize and detain the vessel in relation to which the offence was committed, including the equipment, stores and cargo found on board or belonging to the vessel; and

(b)    arrest a person who he believes has committed such an offence.

(4)      A person who in any way prevents or hinders a pollution control officer from exercising the powers conferred by this Regulation or Regulation 7 is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of R. 75,000.

(5)      In effecting the seizure of a vessel under this Regulations a pollution control may use such force as may be reasonable necessary.

(6)      A vessel seized under this Regulation and the crew of the vessel shall be brought to Port Victoria as soon as possible.

(7)      A vessel or other thing detained under this Regulation shall, as soon as possible, be delivered into the custody of the Commissioner of Police and shall be released upon demand to the owner or master if within 10 days of such delivery no proceedings are instituted against the owner or master in respect of an offence against these Regulations.

(8)      Where a charge is laid the Supreme Court may make such order as it may deem fir relating to the detention or custody of the vessel or other things pending the conclusion of any proceedings instituted in respect of that vessel or those other things.

7.      Where, following the commission in a prohibited sea area of an offence against these Regulations by a vessel, which is pursued beyond the limits of a prohibited sea area, the powers conferred on pollution control officers under Regulations 6 shall be exercisable in respect of that vessel beyond the limits of the prohibited sea area, whether within or outside territorial waters, in the circumstances and to the extent recognised by international law.

8.      (1)      No action shall lie against the Government or against a pollution control officer for damages in any civil court for any act done or ordered to be done in good faith in pursuance of these Regulations.

(2)      No prosecution of a pollution control officer, or action which may lawfully be brought against a pollution control officer, in respect of anything done in pursuance of these Regulations shall be entertained by any court unless instituted within six months from the date of the act complained of.

9.      When a person is convicted of an offence against these Regulations, the Supreme Court-

(a)      may order that the vessel in relation to which the offence took place, together with its equipment, stores and cargo shall be detained until payment of any fine imposed or until execution of a bond in terms of Regulation 11; and

(b)      in addition to any other penalty or order, shall order that-

(i)     Any costs incurred in holding the vessel in detention from the time of seizure; and

(ii)    any costs of repatriation of any member of the crew of the vessel,

shall be payable by the person convicted.

10.    When a person is convicted of an offence against Regulation 3, the Supreme Court, in addition to any other penalty or order, may order that he shall pay the whole or any part of any costs incurred in restoring-

(a)      any part of Seychelles; or

(b)      an animal, bird or other wildlife; or

(c)      any other thing,

affected by the oil or oily mixture the discharge of which caused the offence.

11.    (1)      Where a vessel is detained under Regulation 6 and a charge is laid in relation to that vessel, the owner, licensee, master or local agent of the vessel may apply to the Supreme Court for the release of the vessel on the provision of a satisfactory bond in accordance with this Regulation.

(2)      The Supreme Court shall order the release of the vessel on the execution by a person approved by the Court of a satisfactory bond for an amount not less than the aggregate value of the vessel (including all equipment, stores and cargo), the expenses incurred in the detention of the vessel and in the repartriation of any member of its crew, the costs of restoration under Regulation 10 and the maximum fine to which the defendant would be liable if convicted of the offence.

(3)      Nothwithstanding sub-regulation (2), the Supreme Court may, where it is satisfied that there are special circumstances to justify it in doing so, order that the bond shall be less than the amount required by sub-regulation (2).

(4)      A bond executed under this Regulation shall not be released unless-

(a)    the Supreme Court finds that no offence against the Act or these Regulations has been committed in relation to the vessel; or

(b)    where the Supreme Court finds that an offence against the Act or these Regulations has been committed in relation to the vessel, then within 14 days o fthe date of the judgment of the Court payment is made in full or any fine imposed and any costs ordered to be paid under Regulations 9(b) or 10.

(5)      The amount specified in the bond shall be recoverable in full in any court of competent jurisdiction as a debt due to the Government jointly and severally by the persons by whom the bond is given, unless those persons prove that the terms of subregulation (4)(a) or (b) have been fulfilled.

                                                            SCHEDULE                                         Regulation 3

PROHIBITED SEA AREAS

         The territorial waters of Seychelles.

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Maritime Zones Act, 1999 (Commencement) Notice, 2000

 

SI. 34 of 2000

 

1.       This Notice may be cited as the Maritime Zones Act, 1999 (Commencement) Notice, 2000.

2.       The Maritimes ZonesAct, 1999 shall come into operation on 1st July, 2000.

 

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Section 13(2)

 

SI. 27 of 2002

Maritime Zones (Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf)

[18th November, 2002]

 

1.      This Order may be cited as the Maritime Zones (Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf) Order.

2.      The outer limits of the Exclusive Economic Zone and the Continental Shelf of the Republic of Seychelles are defined by the geographical coordinate of points 3 (S17), 2(18) and 1(S19) and 9 to 1 and a, specified below based on the World Geodetic System 1984.

The boundary lines are formed by a series of geodesics connecting the said coordinates.

POINTS                        LATITUDE (South)           LONGITUDE (East of the

                                      of Equator)                         Meridien of Greenwich)

3 (S17)                           11° 01' 15" South                48° 29' 07" East

2 (18)                             10° 39' 01" South                46° 54' 40" East

1. (S19)                          11° 08' 23" South                45° 46' 03" East

1.                                    8° 00' 46".8981 South         43° 11' 43".6089 East

1.                                                                       7° 58' 59".3681 South         43° 12' 13".6578 East

2.                                                                       7° 57' 11".8372 South         43° 12' 43".7024 East

6.                                   7° 55' 24".3056 South         43° 13' 13".7426 East

5.                                   7° 53' 36".7733 South         43° 13' 43".7784 East

4.                                   7° 51' 49".2402 South         43° 14' 13".8099 East

3.                                   7° 50' 01".7063 South         43° 14' 43".8372 East

2.                                   7° 48' 14".1717 South         43° 15' 13".8601 East

1.                                   7° 46' 26".6364 South         43° 15' 43".8788 East

1.                                                                       7° 44' 39".1003 South         43° 16' 13".8933 East

3.      The Maritime Zone (Exclusive Economic Zones) Order shall continue to have effect subject to the repeal of all references to points 23, 24, 25 and 26, and 29 to 1 in the Schedule to that Order.

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SI. 88 of 2008

SI. 26 of 2009

SI. 35 of 2009

Section 3

Maritime Zones (Baselines) Order, 2008

[10th November 2008]

 

1.      This Order may be cited as the Maritime Zones (Baselines) Order.

2.      In terms of Section 3(1) (b) of the Act, the archipelagic baselines are prescribed.

3.      For the purposes of Section 3(3) (b) of the Act, the archipelagic baselines referred to in Order 2 are identified together with the geographical co-ordinates of the points of those archipelagic baselines as more fully described in Schedule 1.

4.      For the purposes of Section 3 of the Act, the normal baselines are identified together with the geographical coordinates of the points of those normal baselines as more fully described in Schedule 2.

SCHEDULE 1

BASEPOINTS AND BASELINES

1.0  MAHE ARCHIPELAGO - ARCHIPELAGIC

BASELINES

•      Reference spheroid World Geodetic System 84

(WGS84)

Semi major axis a = 6378 137.000 m

Semi minor axis b = 6356 752.3142 m

f = 1/298.257223563

•      Latitude (South) in degrees minutes and decimal

seconds

•      Longitude (East) in degrees minutes and decimal

       seconds

POINTS

LATITUDE SOUTH

LONGITUDE EAST

Mahe Archipelago

 

 

Mahe

 

 

MSJ

04 46 00.61

55 28 03.39

MSH

04 47 50.88

55 30 04.65

MSG2

04 48 22.21

55 31 02.67

MSG1

04 48 24.86

55 31 06.70

MSG

04 48 24.65

55 31 15.37

MS ISLAND

04 48 20.16

55 32 15.59

MR1

04 44 55.06

55 35 54.71

MR2

04 41 29.96

55 39 33.83

MR3

04 38 04.86

55 43 12.95

Ile au Recifs

 

 

Recif

04 35 24.70

55 46 04.08

Rm1

04 31 12.69

55 48 46.63

Rm2

04 27 00.68

55 51 29.18

Rm3

04 22 48.67

55 54 11.73

Marianne

 

 

D6

04 21 00.32

55 55 21.92

D5

04 20 43.72

55 55 24.14

D4

04 20 35.37

55 55 27.29

D3

04 20 30.90

55 55 28.76

D2

04 20 22.00

55 55 29.64

C3

04 20 18.20

55 55 28.53

C2

04 20 08.44

55 55 24.78

C

04 20 05.31

55 55 21.90

Grande Soeur

 

 

GSB

04 16 56.85

55 52 03.36

GSBA1

04 15 14.71

55 47 21.21

GSBA2

04 13 32.57

55 42 39.06

Ile Aride

 

 

Ar(iv)

04 12 38.47

55 40 09.93

Ar(v)

04 12 35.62

55 39 57.10

Ar(vi)

04 12 35.24

55 39 41.91

Ar(vii)

04 12 35.93

55 39 37.46

ARSQ1

04 15 05.47

55 35 17.32

ARSQ2

04 17 35.01

55 30 57.18

ARSQ3

04 20 04.55

55 26 36.97

ARSQ4

04 22 34.09

55 22 16.83

ARSQ5

04 25 03.63

55 17 56.71

Silhouette

 

 

SQ4

04 27 57.50

55 12 54.25

SQ3

04 28 14.69

55 12 29.98

SQ2

04 28 30.73

55 12 22.67

SQ1

04 28 41.16

55 12 19.25

SQ

04 28 51.45

55 12 19.74

SP

04 29 13.49

55 12 24.58

SN1

04 29 40.22

55 12 47.13

SN

04 30 43.54

55 13 31.74

SCON

04 35 15.34

55 17 34.83

Conception

 

 

M

04 39 47.14

55 21 37.91

L

04 39 55.75

55 21 46.64

CON MAHE

04 42 58.38

55 24 55.21

 

2.0    FARQUHAR, PROVIDENCE, ST PIERRE ARCHIPELAGO

 

LATITUDE SOUTH

LONGITUDE EAST

W7

09 53 02.90

51 10 22.40

W8

09 58 01.90

51 10 47.70

W9

10 03 25.80

51 11 14.60

Farquar Atoll

 

 

Far (iv)

10 07 59.90

51 11 39.90

Far (v)

10 08 50.20

51 11 26.70

Far (vii)

10 10 10.60

51 10 50.30

Far (viii)

10 11 12.20

51 10 23.00

Y

10 13 00.10

51 09 13.30

P76

10 13 41.30

51 07 51.10

P77

10 14 14.40

51 06 51.30

Y1

10 15 01.10

51 05 42.30

Z

10 15 40.80

51 04 33.60

Far(ix)

10 15 51.90

51 04 10.70

Far(x)

10 15 29.30

51 03 37.00

Far(xii)

10 13 50.40

51 02 33.10

Farx(iii)

10 11 51.00

51 01 49.80

Aa

10 10 49.90

51 01 39.20

Aa5

10 04 29.47

50 59 21.21

Aa6

09 58 09.04

50 57 03.22

Aa7

09 51 48.61

50 54 45.23

Aa8

09 45 28.18

50 52 27.24

Aa9

09 39 07.75

50 50 09.25

Aa10

09 33 47.32

50 47 51.26

Aa11

09 26 26.89

50 45 33.27

St Pierre

 

 

Ba(n)

09 20 06.57

50 43 15.26

Ba1

09 19 58.03

50 43 14.00

Ba2

09 19 54.60

50 43 14.28

S1

09 17 51.06

50 47 46.61

S2

09 15 58.90

50 52 24.88

ProvidenceAtoll

 

 

PO52

09 12 14.60

51 01 41.40

(T)

09 12 31.30

51 02 03.40

P49

09 13 34.50

51 02 22.40

P50

09 14 01.50

51 02 32.30

P42

09 18 45.40

51 06 25.10

P41

09 20 22.00

51 07 03.90

(V)

09 21 42.20

51 07 21.10

P39

09 22 18.60

51 07 33.50

(W)

09 22 43.40

51 07 48.50

W2

09 28 07.90

51 08 15.90

W3

09 33 06.90

51 08 41.20

W4

09 38 05.90

51 09 06.50

W5

09 43 04.90

51 09 31.80

W6

09 48 03.90

51 09 57.10

S3

09 14 06.74

50 57 03.15

(S)

09 19 31.49

50 43 37.13

 

3.0    COSMOLEDO, ASTOVE ATCHIPELAGO

 

POINTS

LATITUDE SOUTH

LONGITUDE EAST

Cosmoledo Atoll

 

 

Ca

09 43 03.44

47 39 45.36

Ca1

09 41 04.98

47 37 54.33

Cos-1

09 39 29.24

47 35 00.00

Cos(i)

09 39 21.38

47 34 32.16

Ha

09 39 21.64

47 34 28.21

(Ga) Ca8

09 42 20.16

47 30 31.86

Ca7

09 43 10.06

47 30 11.29

Ca6

09 43 40.07

47 30 11.38

Ca5

09 44 11.12

47 30 26.76

Cos A5

09 48 26.91

47 33 03.62

Cos A6

09 52 42.70

47 35 40.48

Cos A7

09 56 58.49

47 38 17.10

Cos A8

10 01 14.28

47 40 54.20

Astove

 

 

Ast (vii)

10 05 12.00

47 43 20.00

Ast (vi)

10 05 30.00

47 43 28.00

Ast(v)

10 05 50.00

47 43 47.00

Ast(iv)

10 06 12.50

47 44 07.00

Ast(iii)

10 06 20.00

47 44 20.00

Ast(ii)

10 06 19.00

47 44 34.40

Ast(i)

10 06 15.00

47 44 54.00

Ast(viii)

10 6 10.00

47 45 07.00

Ast(ix)

10 05 52.00

47 45 22.00

Ast(x)

10 05 36.00

47 45 35.00

Ast(xi)

10 05 10.00

47 45 43.00

Ast(xii)

10 04 17.00

47 45 39.00

Cos A1

09 59 27.80

47 44 10.02

Cos A2

09 54 38.60

47 42 59.04

Cos A3

09 49 49.40

47 41 39.06

Cos A4

09 45 00.20

47 40 19.08

 

4.0    ALDABRA, ASSOMPTION ARCHIPELAGO

 

POINT

LATITUDE SOUTH

LONGITUDE EAST

Aldabra Atoll

 

 

Ja1

09 25 04.24

46 31 22.56

Ja2

09 30 57.99

46 31 27.80

Ja3

09 36 51.33

46 31 33.05

Assomption

 

 

Ka

09 42 44.67

46 31 38.30

Ka1

09 43 30.84

46 31 34.84

Ka2

09 44 15.31

46 31 18.87

Ka3

09 44 41.77

46 31 04.12

Ass(i)

09 45 07.10

46 30 47.17

Ass(ii)

09 45 20.07

46 30 32.20

Ass(iii)

09 45 20.68

46 29 44.21

Ass(v)

09 45 18.47

46 29 29.26

Ma4

09 42 02.82

46 26 20.25

Ma3

09 38 47.15

46 23 11.22

Ma2

09 35 31.48

46 20 02.19

Ma1

09 32 15.81

46 16 52.16

Aldabra Atoll

 

 

Ma

09 29 00.14

46 13 43.13

Ald(v)

09 28 21.00

46 13 24.57

Ald(vi)

09 26 55.00

46 12 48.00

Ald(vii)

09 26 13.00

46 12 32.50

Na

09 25 34.22

46 12 20.71

Pa

09 23 49.86

46 12 04.73

Ald(viii)

09 23 28.28

46 12 03.66

Ald(ix)

09 23 23.05510

46 12 04.07

Ald(ii)

09 22 33.11

46 12 39.70

Ald(iii)

09 22 19.87

46 13 04.75

Qa

09 22 12.84

46 13 29.50

Ra

09 22 04.23

46 15 09.95

Sa

09 21 57.57

46 17 54.41

Ta

09 21 51.66

46 23 43.88

Ua

09 22 15.80

46 27 06.06

Ald(xi)

09 22 43.44

46 28 31.72

Ald(xii)

09 22 50.27

46 29 04.57

Ald(xiii)

09 22 59.96

46 29 26.13

Ald(xiv)

09 23 52.45

46 31 16.90

Ald(xv)

09 24 06.00

46 31 25.12

 

SCHEDULE 2

BASEPOINTS AND BASELINES

1.0    OTHER ISLANDS BASELINES

         1.1    Ile Denis

 

DENIS

 

 

POINTS

LATITUDE SOUTH

LONGITUDE EAST

Den(ix)

03 48 42.73

55 40 22.16

Den(iii)

03 48 27.37

55 40 26.59

Den(ii)

03 47 59.38

55 40 25.39

Den(i)

03 47 54.88

55 40 18.99

Den(v)

03 47 54.74

55 40 02.56

Den(vi)

03 48 01.36

55 39 45.08

Den(iv)

03 48 06.55

55 39 32.80

Den(vii)

03 48 53.92

55 39 40.12

Den(viii)

03 49 05.17

55 39 53.36

 

         1.2    Ile Aux Vaches (Bird Island)

 

BIRD

 

 

POINTS

LATITUDE SOUTH

LONGITUDE EAST

Bird(i)

03 42 40.66

55 12 20.48

Bird(iii)

03 43 01.98

55 12 03.91

Bird(iv)

03 43 43.60

55 11 56.17

Bird(v)

03 43 50.13

55 12 08.21

Bird(ii)

03 43 11.63

55 12 48.15

 

         1.3    African Banks

 

POINTS

LATITUDE SOUTH

LONGITUDE EAST

Banc Africains

 

 

Afr(iii)

04 52 20.77

53 23 04.15

Afr(ii)

04 52 25.39

53 22 56.61

Afr(i)

04 52 40.94

53 22 50.47

Afr(vii)

04 54 28.29

53 22 22.95

Afr(x)

04 54 47.03

53 22 04.70

Afr(viii)

04 54 56.36

53 22 33.90

Afr(vi)

04 54 56.37

53 23 02.33

Afr(v)

04 54 19.51

53 23 24.79

Afr(ix)

04 53 13.70

53 23 34.61

Afr(xi)

04 52 34.13

53 23 27.55

 

 

         1.4    Remire Reef

 

POINTS

LATITUDE SOUTH

LONGITUDE EAST

RR1

05 04 48.02

53 21 44.89

RR2

05 05 19.43

53 21 41.12

RR3

05 06 15.79

53 21 19.66

RR4

05 07 09.23

53 20 25.82

 

1.5   Remire (Eagle Island)

 

POINTS

LATITUDE SOUTH

LONGITUDE EAST

Remire

 

 

Rem N

05 06 45.11

53 18 47.40

Rem NW

05 06 48.99

53 18 42.37

Rem W

05 07 02.55

53 18 28.13

Rem(i)

05 07 10.46

53 18 26.61

 

1.6   D’Arros

 

POINTS

LATITUDE SOUTH

LONGITUDE EAST

D’Arros

 

 

DA3

05 24 32.84

53 18 03.08

DA2

05 24 50.41

53 17 26.35

DA1

05 25 12.84

53 17 16.62

 

1.7   St Joseph’s Atoll

 

POINTS

LATITUDE SOUTH

LONGITUDE EAST

St Joseph

 

 

SJ3

05 27 08.73

53 20 25.72

SJ4

05 25 01.20

53 21 0.91

SJ5

05 26 30.56

53 22 11.83

SJ1

05 24 21.58

53 19 51.89

SJ6

05 24 11.88

53 19 26.47

 

1.8     Bertaut

 

POINTS

LATITUDE SOUTH

LONGITUDE EAST

Bertaut

 

 

Bert N West

05 38 37.93

53 13 52.71

Bert W

05 38 59.25

53 13 42.36

Bert SW

05 39 23.60

53 13 40.40

 

1.9     Etoile

 

POINTS

LATITUDE SOUTH

LONGITUDE EAST

Toile

 

 

ETW

05 53 04.70

53 01 36.00

ETE

05 53 16.20

53 01 57.10

 

1.10   Boudeause

 

POINTS

LATITUDE SOUTH

LONGITUDE EAST

Boudeuse

 

 

Bou N

06 05 18.03

52 49 57.73

Bou W

06 05 19.61

52 49 54.71

Bou SW

06 05 22.59

52 49 53.17

 

1.12   Marie-Louise

 

POINTS

LATITUDE SOUTH

LONGITUDE EAST

Marie Louise

 

 

ML S

06 11 20.86

53 08 35.65

ML SE

06 10 53.51

53 08 52.76

ML

06 10 28.54

53 08 55.15

ML N

06 10 21.75

53 08 39.25

 

1.13   Poivre Atoll

 

POINTS

LATITUDE SOUTH

LONGITUDE EAST

Poivre

 

 

PV3

05 46 24.18

53 17 56.67

PV2

05 47 09.55

53 18 23.81

PV1

05 46 57.77

53 18 53.03

 

1.14   Desroches

 

POINTS

LATITUDE SOUTH

LONGITUDE EAST

Desroches

 

 

DE7

05 42 31.23

53 38 50.89

DE6

05 42 17.21

53 39 31.93

DE5

05 41 56.79

53 40 08.58

DE4

05 41 37.25

53 40 47.14

DE5

05 41 15.05

53 41 28.69

DE2

05 40 49.35

53 41 54.25

DE1

05 40 30.27

53 41 27.35

DE9

05 40 32.47

53 41 09.12

DE8

05 40 36.28

53 41 02.15

 

1.15   Alphonse and Saint Francois Atolls

 

POINTS

LATITUDE SOUTH

LONGITUDE EAST

Alphonse

 

 

Alp(vii) a

07 01 21.65

52 43 09.03

Alp(ii)

06 59 38.77

52 43 19.15

Alp(ii) b

06 59 49.62

52 43 50.48

Alp(iii)

07 00 13.47

52 44 31.91

Alp(iv)

07 00 49.48

52 46 01.14

St Francois

 

 

BJ2

07 05 21.64

52 46 31.36

BJ2 a

07 05 57.62

52 46 41.38

BJ3

07 08 44.72

52 46 41.43

Fra(i)

07 09 31.60

52 46 13.30

Fra(ii)

07 09 47.40

52 45 37.40

Fra(iii)

07 10 07.10

52 44 51.20

Fra(iv)

07 10 16.70

52 44 27.70

BJ4 a

07 10 06.08

52 43 46.83

BJ4 d

07 07 35.36

52 43 30.72

BJ6

07 04 07.45

52 43 36.36

 

1.16   Ile Plate

 

POINTS

LATITUDE SOUTH

LONGITUDE EAST

PL1

05 48 46.44

55 22 16.19

PL4

05 50 31.45

55 20 55.30

PL3

05 52 47.18

55 23 00.14

PL5

05 52 39.37

55 23 29.27

PL2

05 50 38.02

55 23 28.71

 

1.17   Coetivy

 

POINTS

LATITUDE SOUTH

LONGITUDE EAST

Coe(iii)b

07 08 08.00

56 17 31.50

Coe(iii)

07 07 10.00

56 17 46.50

Coe(ii)

07 06 21.50

56 17 52.00

Coe(i)

07 05 43.00

56 17 48.00

Coe(i)a

07 05 35.50

56 17 46.58

Coe(xiii)

07 05 43.94

56 17 18.34

Coe(xii)

07 05 53.75

56 17 05.97

Coe(xi)

07 07 40.19

56 16 19.83

Coe(x)

07 08 06.12

56 16 09.25

Coe(ix)

07 08 31.69

56 16 07.58

Coe(viii)

07 09 40.71

56 15 43.58

Coe(vii)

07 11 03.65

56 14 50.67

Coe(vi)

07 11 42.29

56 14 26.77

Coe(iv)a

07 11 56.50

56 14 10.50

Coe(iv)

07 11 57.00

56 14 15.00

Coe(iii)e

07 11 44.00

56 14 48.00

Coe(iii)d

07 10 35.50

56 15 46.50

Coe(iii)c

07 08 28.50

56 17 16.00

 

1.18   Ile du Nord

 

POINT

LATITUDE SOUTH

LONGITUDE EAST

N2

04 22 57.27

55 14 22.91

N3

04 23 01.70

55 14 19.22

N4

04 23 08.41

55 14 20.08

N5

04 23 30.95

55 14 18.97

 

1.19   Fregate

 

POINT

LATITUDE SOUTH

LONGITUDE EAST

Fri (ix)

04 35 33.68

55 56 54.32

Fri(v)

04 35 23.63

55 57 11.35

Fri(iv)

04 35 22.16

55 57 10.77

Fri(iii)

04 35 17.20

55 57 04.96

Fri(vii)

04 35 04.36

55 56 57.05

Fri(ii)

04 34 58.66

55 56 49.80

Fri(vi)

04 34 55.01

55 56 46.33

Fri(viii)

04 34 47.74

55 56 38.18

Fri(i)

04 34 43.89

55 56 28.08

 

1.20   l’Ilot Fregate

 

POINTS

LATITUDE SOUTH

LONGITUDE EAST

Fre Islet

04 36 12.00

55 54 33.50

 

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SI. 89 of 2008

Section 3

Maritime Zones (Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf)  Order, 2008

[10th November 2008]

 

1.      This Order may be cited as the Maritime Zones (Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf) Order.

2.      The outer limits of the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf of the Republic of Seychelles are defined by the geographical co-ordinates of points MS1 to MS33 specified below, based on the World Geodetic System 1984. The boundary lines are formed by a series of geodesics connecting the said points:

·         Reference spheroid                       World Geodetic

System 84 (WGS84)

Semi major axis a = 6378 137.000 m

Semi major axis b = 6356 752.3142 m

f = 1/298.257223563

·         Latitude (South) in degrees minutes and decimal seconds

·         Longitude (East) in degrees minutes and decimal seconds

 

POINTS

LATITUDE SOUTH

“       ‘         ”

LONGITUDE EAST

°       ‘         ”

MS1

8    26    11.3483

59    23    11.69999

MS2

8    28    49.0932

59    02    52.7792

MS3

8    29    48.5977

58    55    7.7591

MS4

8    33    6.0156

58    22    27.0714

MS5

8    33    43.1955

58    16    13.1667

MS6

8    34    42.0371

58    07    15.9398

MS7

8    35    22.5452

58    01    2.5193

MS8

8    35    58.7543

57    55    24.9817

MS9

8    38    52.2155

57    29    41.2597

MS10

8    41    50.8444

57    02    48.1689

MS11

8    43    10.0742

56    50    44.1646

MS12

8    46    3.9814

56    24    45.9417

MS13

8    46    4.3409

56    24    42.7035

MS14

8    48    24.9127

56    03    25.4553

MS15

8    50    57.6693

55    40    9.6371

MS16

8    54    41.6193

55    05    34.2002

MS17

8    58    34.5931

54    28    56.0936

MS18

9    24    46.9915

54    06    47.7783

MS19

9    38    34.0051

53    55    6.7751

MS20

9    41    11.8421

53    54    53.2816

MS21

9    46    42.9932

53    54    30.1014

MS22

9    50    51.7541

53    54    16.8720

MS23

10    0    57.5316

53    53    53.2986

MS24

10    15    10.7272

53    53    18.2993

MS25

10    45    53.4107

53    52    2.5281

MS26

11    13    51.7856

53    50    57.7902

MS27

11    17    19.1778

53    50    49.6756

MS28

11    19    27.3687

53    50    44.5988

MS29

11    40    25.0488

53    50    4.3595

MS30

11    47    35.0883

53    49    50.3590

MS31

11    52    11.6284

53    49    39.9691

MS32

11    58    23.5388

53    49    28.1716

MS33

12    17    43.9303

53    48    47.3752

 

3.      The outer limits of the Exclusive Economic Zone and the Continental Shelf of the Republic of Seychelles are defined by geographical coordinates of points MS1 to EZ31.  The boundary line is formed between the listed points by the locus of a point 200 nautical miles from the nearest basepoint/baseline of the Republic of Seychelles.

The geographical coordinates of the points referred to above are listed below:

 

MS1

8    26    11.3483

59    23    11.6999

EZ1

7    57    11.9509

59    32    48.3341

EZ2

7    28    38.9568

59    37    53.0350

EZ3

6    44    35.1660

59    37    46.9448

EZ4

6    25    36.4576

59    34    47.2266

EZ5

5    24    41.9248

59    11    27.9583

EZ6

4    4    51.0234

59    15    4.5008

EZ7

3    23    24.4492

59    7    23.1497

EZ8

3    7    33.0396

59    1    58.4439

EZ9

2    38    53.0266

58    48    11.4254

EZ10

1    3    12.1249

57    34    49.7966

EZ11

0    28    12.3891

56    2    47.4922

EZ12

1    36    54.2203

52    36    26.8522

EZ13

2    0    45.9364

51    38    54.7505

EZ14

3    38    9.2487

50    16    55.2417

EZ15

3    44    34.2148

50    14    28.9164

EZ16

4    3    35.2521

50    8    25.8986

EZ17

4    8    23.0992

50    6    53.8211

EZ18

4    32    33.9952

49    52    2.5689

EZ19

6    7    39.9232

49    29    7.4887

EZ20

6    13    23.8597

49    27    37.7467

EZ21

6    33    8.7638

48    50    28.7685

EZ22

6    26    4.8150

48    29    43.0423

EZ23

6    19    2.6640

47    50    33.5588

EZ24

6    9    42.3998

47    24    44.2865

EZ25

6    2    32.1727

46    49    18.3497

EZ26

6    1    0.5855

46    17    24.2195

EZ27

6    1    14.0855

46    8    21.7515

EZ28

6    1    55.9050

45    57    4.6212

EZ29

6    9    0.3340

45    18    6.0660

EZ30

6    24    51.7212

44    38    31.8552

EZ31

7    26    12.2678

43    28    7.4626

 

4.      The Maritime Zones (Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf) Order, 2002 shall continue to have effect subject to the repeal of all references to pints 2 to 17 in the Schedule to that Order.

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SI. 34 of 2012

Section 13(2)

Maritime Zones (Extended Continental Shelf) Order, 2012

[4th June 2012]

 

1.      This Order may be cited as the Maritime Zones (Extended Continental Shelf) Order, 2012 and shall be deemed to have come into force on 13th March 2012.

2.      “Extended Continental Shelf” means an extended area of the Continental Shelf of the Republic of Seychelles pursuant to Article 76 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the recommendation of the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf of the Mascarene Plateau Region dated 30th March 2011.

3.      The outer limits of the Extended Continental Shelf of the Republic of Seychelles in the Mascarene Plateau Region are delimited by the geographical co-ordinates set out in the Schedule.

SCHEDULE

The boundary of the Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) shall commence at point ECS1 on Seychelles Exclusive Economic Zone Boundary running through points ECS2 to ECS44, thence to point ECS45, thence to point ECS46, thence through points ECS47 to ECS105, thence to point ECS106, thence through points ECS107 to ECS123, thence through points ECS124 to ECS186, thence to point ECS187,thence to point ECS188, thence through points ECS189 to ECS220, thence to point ECS221, thence through points ECS222 to ECS269, thence through points ECS270 to ECS275, thence to point ECS276, thence through points CS277 to ECS296, thence through points ECS297 to point ECS321, thence through points ECS322 to ECS362, thence to point ECS363, thence through points ECS364 to ECS395, thence point ECS396, thence through points ECS397 to Point ECS453 on Mauritius Exclusive Economic Zone boundary, thence along Mauritius Exclusive Economic Zone boundary to point 34, thence through points 35 to 41, thence through points 42 to 47, thence through point 48 to point MS1 on the intersection of the Seychelles and Mauritius Exclusive Economic Zone boundaries, thence along the Seychelles Exclusive Economic Zone boundary through points EZ1 to EZ5, thence along the Seychelles Exclusive Economic Zone boundary to ECS1.

The boundary lines are formed by a series of geodesics connecting the said Points:

  • Reference sphereroid: world geodetic system 84 (WGS84)

Semi major axis a = 6378137.000m

Semi major axis b = 6356752.3142m

f = 1/298.257223563

  • Latitude (South) in decimal degrees ·Longitude (East) in decimal degrees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SI. 36 of 2012

Section 30(1)

Maritime Zones (Continental Shelf) Order, 2012

[14th June 2012]

 

1.      This Order may be cited as the Maritime Zones (Continental Shelf) Order, 2012 and shall come into force on 18th June 2012.

2.      “Treaty” means the Treaty concerning the Joint Exercise of Sovereign Rights over the Continental Shelf in the Mascarene Plateau Region and the Treaty concerning the Joint Management of the Continental Shelf in the Mascarene Plateau Region between the Government of the Republic of Mauritius and the Government of the Republic of Seychelles dated 13th March 2012.

3.      The Republic of Seychelles shall exercise joint sovereign rights and joint jurisdiction in accordance with the provisions of the treaties.

4.      The provisions of the treaties are hereby given application to the Extended Continental Shelf as set out in the Maritime Zones (Extended Continental Shelf ) Order, 2012.

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