This page was last updated on 7 October 2012
The ICPC has more than 120 Members in over 60 countries and has the vision of being the premier international submarine cable authority providing leadership and guidance on issues related to submarine cable security and reliability. Recent achievements that advance the ICPC towards this vision include:
Publications and Library
Compilation of a very large, dedicated source of international cable legislation, and index of reported cases and rulings involving submarine cables, the only such collection worldwide.
Compilation of a very large source of environmental information related to the installation maintenance and protection of submarine cables.
A peer-reviewed book, jointly compiled by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the ICPC entitled Submarine Cables and the Oceans: Connecting the World.
The ICPC has been the catalyst for independent research into the interactions of cables and the marine environment that has led to 2 peer-reviewed papers in the science literature with three others in various stages of preparation.
ICPC Recommendations on submarine cable industry best practice have been requested an average of 103 times per year over the past 5 years.
The English language version of the ICPC booklet, Fishing and Submarine Cables Working Together was downloaded from the website over 12,700 times in the current year and the Spanish language version was downloaded over 3,000 times.
The ICPC’s educational presentation About Submarine Telecommunications Cables has been downloaded over 50,000 times per year since being placed in the public area of the website and was downloaded over 74,000 times in the current year.
The ICPC’s educational presentation About Submarine Power Cables was made available for download from 2011 along with an updated version of About Submarine Telecommunications Cables
A 6 part ICPC movie, based on the UNEP/ICPC book, has been produced and is available via the Publications Page of this website..
The ICPC published a Loss Prevention Bulletin to all of the world’s P&I clubs, raising awareness of the risks to cables from accidental anchor deployment.
The Environment Update newsletter is published monthly and distributed to all ICPC Members (114 issues over the past 9 years).
Quarterly Newsletters are published to Members, providing an update on ICPC activities.
Submission of articles to a number of publications in 2011:
Links with Other Organisations
ICPC is viewed as a key submarine cable industry organisation for inclusion in any forum discussing the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
ICPC is viewed by many government organisations as a focus for communication with the submarine cable industry.
ICPC has entered into a 3-year MOU with the Rhodes Academy to sponsor an annual writing competition on the subject of international law and submarine cables. Winning entries were received from Singapore (2009) and Indonesia (2010) and are expected to be published in leading law journals this year.
ICPC has cooperative relationships with the UK Cable Protection Committee (UKCPC), North American Submarine Cable Association (NASCA) and the Denmark Cable Protection Committee (DKCPC) and cooperates with SubOptic to provide reciprocal publicity for events.
Strong operational links have been established with the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton, UK via:
ICPC has established working relationships with:
Presentations to Conferences
In April 2011, the ICPC and Center for International Law (CIL) jointly sponsored a submarine cable workshop that brought together representatives from 23 national governments, the ISA, the UN and ICPC Members. The workshop program was designed to educate governments on cable issues and improve protection of the submarine cable infrastructure.
Influence on Legislation
ICPC representation influenced the development of The Eastern Scotian Shelf Integrated Management (ESSIM) so that the rights of cables under UNCLOS were successfully recognized and coastal State encroachment risk reduced.
As a direct result of efforts by the ICPC and its Members with their national governments, the UNESCO Convention for the Protection of Cultural Heritage respects the rights of submarine cables as set out in UNCLOS and excludes international submarine cables from the Convention’s requirements on underwater cultural heritage.
The ICPC has provided comments on national legislation impacting submarine cables in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malta and Indonesia.