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Cablegate: R/V Melville Marine Research Clearance Request, File No.

VZCZCXYZ0005
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHWL #0921 3260016
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 220016Z NOV 06
FM AMEMBASSY WELLINGTON
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 3517

UNCLAS WELLINGTON 000921

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR OES/OA ETIRPAK AND RBARNES

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KRVC TPHY EWWT CW NZ
SUBJECT: R/V MELVILLE MARINE RESEARCH CLEARANCE REQUEST, FILE NO.
2006-083

REF: A.) WELLINGTON 686; B.) STATE 139490

Embassy is in receipt of a Diplomatic Note dated November 20, 2006
from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT)
granting clearance for the R/V Melville. Begin text of the note:

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade presents its compliments
to the Embassy of the United States of America and has the honour to
refer to the Embassy's letter of 30 August 2006 and the attached
completed application form requesting permission for the R/V
Melville, a United States scientific research vessel, to conduct
marine scientific research in the exclusive economic zone and
territorial waters of New Zealand from 8 February 2007 - 13 March
2007 inclusive.

The Embassy's letter further requested approval from the New Zealand
Government for the vessel R/V Melville to call at the Port of
Wellington for three days from 6 to 8 February 2007 and sought
permission for the crew to disembark.

The Ministry is pleased to advise that approval has been given for
the R/V Melville to undertake scientific research as described in
the application subject to the conditions specified below.

The Ministry is further pleased to advise that approval has been
given for the R/V Melville to call at the Port of Wellington and for
the crew to disembark.

The Ministry notes that this approval is subject to the following
conditions being met:

1. The following notifications will be provided to the Fisheries
Communication Centre (FCC):

(i) 24 hours prior notice of entry of the vessel to the New Zealand
Exclusive Economic Zone (NZEEZ), including date and estimated time
of arrival and position of entry to the nearest arc;

(ii) 24 hours prior notice of any port call in New Zealand,
including date, estimated time of arrival and name of port;

(iii) notice of any port departure in New Zealand within two hours
of departure;

(iv) daily position reports while the vessel is in NZEEZ or the
territorial sea, to be sent within two hours of noon, including
position to the nearest minute of the arc; and

(v) prior notice of departure from the NZEEZ, including date and
time of departure and position of departure to the nearest minute of
the arc.

2. The FCC can be contacted by email at fcc@fish.govt.nz or fax +64
4 801 5381. All reports should include the name and international
radio call signal of the vessel.

3. Copies of all data collected and reports prepared based on data
collected in areas under New Zealand jurisdiction, or alternatively
details of where such data and reports can be obtained will be
submitted to the New Zealand Government, in a form acceptable to New
Zealand, as soon as possible, and within a 12 month period, after
the conclusion of the cruise. This information will be treated as
public information and may be made available to New Zealanders via
the internet unless another arrangement is reached with the New
Zealand Government.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade takes this opportunity to
renew to the Embassy of the United States of America the assurances
of its highest consideration."

McCormick

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