Watching Government - Law of the Sea

US offshore drilling contractors want the US Senate to ratify the 21-year-old Law of the Sea Convention sooner rather than later. Trade groups told the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Oct. 21 the United Nations' treaty will protect US interests by helping guarantee access to the continental shelf beyond 200 miles and protecting navigational freedom.Paul Kelly, senior vice-president of Houston-based Rowan Cos. Inc., testified on behalf of the American Petroleum Institute, the National Ocean Industries Association, and the International Association of Drilling Contractors.The conventionAlready signed by 143 countries, the UN convention establishes several institutions, including t...

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