A first draft version of the text was presented to the thirty-fifth session (March 1994) of IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) by the Government of France, acting through the Centre de documentation de recherche et d'expérimentations sur les pollutions accidentelles des eaux (CEDRE). A workshop was subsequently held in Brest (France). The resulting document was considered and approved at the thirty-sixth session (October/November 1994) of the MEPC.
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