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Titanic wreck to be protected by UN maritime conventionFears of damage to historic site by tourist vessels and submarines prompts Unesco to confer protection on sunken liner

06 Apr 2012 1:27 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

Titanic wreck to be protected by UN maritime convention

Fears of damage to historic site by tourist vessels and submarines prompts Unesco to confer protection on sunken liner

The Titanic departs Southampton on its maiden voyage on 15 April 1912. Photograph: AP
 

The United Nations has moved to protect the wreck of the Titanic amid growing concern at its deterioration as a result of tourist visits and exploration submarines crashing into its structure.

The 100-year old wreck has been brought under the cover of the 2001 Unesco convention on the protection of underwater cultural heritage, which gives signed-up member states the right to prevent exploration deemed unscientific or unethical, seize illicitly recovered artefacts and close their ports to all vessels undertaking exploration that is not done according to the principles of the doctrine.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/apr/05/titanic-wreck-protected-un-convention?newsfeed=true

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