International Maritime Organization
Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC)
25 March 2004

Draft Report of the Meeting of the MEPC-OPRC/OPRC-HNS Technical Group

(The following is an excerpt from the draft report)

"8.21 Regional Centres and Secretariats are encouraged to assess the situation regarding World War II wrecks that may cause oil pollution on their respective seas areas."

"8.22 The Group recognized the potential problem of World War II wrecks and the need for IMO assistance to address them. It was further noted that this issue will be considered in detail at the 2005 International Oil Spill Conference."