Worldwide, the installation of wind turbines and the necessary equipment thereto at sea is increasing enormously. This evolution is also the case within the Belgian continental shelf. However, it does not only benefit the environment but also terrorists that might abuse these implemented technologies within the Belgian continental shelf for their terrorist acts.
Because this threat is known, the Belgian government is responding to it by ratifying the so-called SUA Protocol of the 14th of October 2005 (Protocol of 2005 with the Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf) which is the amendment of the ‘Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf’, drawn up by the IMO and entered into force on the 10th of March 1988 (in accordance to the SUA-Convention of the United Nations)
By ratifying this SUA Protocol the Belgian government makes also the following activities unlawful and punishable by law: ∙ the use of a platform in the preparation and commission of a terrorist attack ∙ the use of a platform to help flee from the perpetrators of a crime ∙ the use of the platform itself as a weapon, and ∙ the unauthorised storage of weapons of mass destruction and dual-use goods on a platform.
Following the purpose to achieve a far-reaching codification of maritime law, the new Belgian Maritime Code, as published in the Belgian Official Gazette on 1 August 2019, has also implemented the applicability of the SUA Convention as well as the SUA Protocol within Article 184.108.40.206. paragraph 3° of the new Belgian Maritime Code.
You can consult the entire draft Law here.
If you want more information on the draft law to the Protocol, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org