Iceland submits information on the Icelandic continental shelf to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.
On 28 April, Iceland submitted information on its continental shelf to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, pursuant to article 76, paragraph 8 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The submission is a partial submission and is limited to the continental shelf of Iceland in the Ægir Basin area, the delimitation of which has been agreed upon provisionally by Iceland, Denmark on behalf of the Faroe Islands and Norway, and in the western and southern parts of Reykjanes Ridge which are not subject to overlapping claims by any other State.
The submission does not cover the continental shelf of Iceland in the Hatton-Rockall area, which is subject to overlapping claims by Denmark on behalf of the Faroe Islands, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Quadrilateral discussions between the parties to resolve the dispute in the Hatton-Rockall area have taken place on a regular basis since 2001 and are ongoing.
Neither does the submission cover the eastern part of Reykjanes Ridge, which potentially overlaps the Hatton-Rockall area. A submission for both these areas will be made at a later stage.
The preparation of the submission began in 2000. It included acquisition of bathymetric data along with processing, analysis and interpretation of these data. The preparation was carried out by the National commission on the Limits of the continental Shelf (NCLCS), under the direction of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and with representatives from the Ministry of Industry, the National Energy Authority, Iceland GeoSurvey and the Icelandic Coast Guard, Hydrographic Department. The technical preparation of the submission was primarily carried out by the Iceland GeoSurvey.
The Executive Summary of the submission can be found here