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Updated Thursday 17 October 2019
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An International Cable Protection Committee Ltd ("ICPC") Recommendation ("Recommendation") implies a consensus of those substantially concerned with its scope and provisions. A Recommendation is intended as a guide to aid cable owners and other seabed users in promoting the highest goals of reliability and safety in the submarine cable environment.

The existence of a Recommendation does not in any respect preclude anyone, whether he has approved the Recommendation or not, from laying or repairing undersea cables or employing procedures to these ends which may be required by the ordinary practice of seamanship or by the special circumstances of each case, but which may not be conforming to the Recommendation.

The ICPC does not develop standards and will in no circumstances give an interpretation of a Recommendation in the name of the ICPC. The ICPC and its members do not accept any liability for any errors in the Recommendation or for any consequences resulting from its use as a planning guide. Nothing in this Recommendation should be viewed as relieving anyone from the rights and obligations of seabed users under international law, including but not limited to the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea ("UNCLOS").

NB: ICPC Recommendations are subject to periodic review and users are cautioned to obtain the latest issues. This Recommendation may be revised or withdrawn at any time without further notice to the recipient.
Document Issue Title
1 14 Recovery of Out of Service Cables
2 11A Cable Routing and Reporting Criteria
3 10B Telecommunications Cable and Oil Pipeline / Power Cables Crossing Criteria
4 8B Co-ordination Procedures for Repair Operations Near In Service Cable Systems
5 9 Recommendation for Common Format for Cable Awareness Charts
6 10 Recommended Actions for Effective Cable Protection (Post Installation)
7 6C Offshore Civil Engineering Work in the Vicinity of Active Submarine Cable Systems
8 9 Procedure To Be Followed Whilst Offshore Seismic Survey Work Is Undertaken In The Vicinity Of Active Submarine Cable Systems
9 5A Minimum Technical Requirements for a Desktop Study
10 4 The Minimum Requirements for Load and Lay Reporting and Charting
11 3C Recommended Common Format for Electronic Formatting of Route Position Lists
12 2E Mechanical Testing of Submarine Telecommunications Cables
13 2B The Proximity of Offshore Renewable Wind Energy Installations and Submarine Cable Infrastructure in National Waters
14 2A Basic Power Safety Procedures that are to be followed by Marine Repair Operators and Terminal Station Personnel during Subsea Cable Repair Activities
15 2 Procedure to be Followed Whilst Marine Aggregate Extraction, Dredging or Mining is Undertaken in the Vicinity of Active Submarine Cable Systems
16 1 Considerations for Marking Submarine Cables
17 1 Submarine Cable Operations in Deep Seabed Mining Concessions Designated by the International Seabed Authority
18 1 Minimum Technical Requirements for the Acquisition and Reporting of Submarine Cable Route Surveys
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