Oceans and Law of the Sea

Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS)
Outer limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines:
Submissions to the Commission
: Submission by the Kingdom of Norway


Updated on 20 August 2009

    On 27 November 2006, the Kingdom of Norway submitted to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, in accordance with Article 76, paragraph 8 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, information on the limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured for three separate areas in the North East Atlantic and the Arctic: the Loop Hole in the Barents Sea; the Western Nansen Basin in the Arctic Ocean; and the Banana Hole in the Norwegian Sea.

    According to the submitting State: "[t]he present submission deals only with the outer limits of the continental shelf in these three areas. A further submission may be made in respect of other areas."

    It is noted that the Convention entered into force for Norway on 24 July 1996.

   In accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the Commission, a communication was circulated to all Member States of the United Nations, as well as States Parties to the Convention, in order to make public the executive summary of the submission, as well as all charts and coordinates contained in that summary.

   The consideration of the submission made by Norway was included in the agenda of the nineteenth session of the Commission held in New York from 5 March to 13 April 2007.

   For information on the progress of work in the Commission, please refer to the Statements of the Chairman.

    On 27 March 2009, the Commission adopted the “Recommendations of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in regard to the Submission made by Norway in respect of areas in the Arctic Ocean, the Barents Sea and the Norwegian Sea on 27 November 2006”. Pursuant to article 6, paragraph 3, of annex II to the Convention, the recommendations, including a summary thereof, were submitted in writing to the coastal State and to the Secretary-General.

Summary of the Recommendations (2009)

    Pursuant to section V. paragraph 11 (3) of Annex III to the Rules of Procedures of the Commission, the summary of the Recommendations is hereby made public.

    Summary of the Recommendations

Submission (2006)


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Continental Shelf Notification English | Français
Executive summary Executive Summary of the submission

Français* | Español*| Arabic* | Chinese* | Russian*

* Note: These unofficial translations were prepared, when additional resources were available, for reference purposes only.

Executive summary (corrigendum) Executive Summary - corrigendum
Note verbale New: Note verbale dated 28 March 2007 referring to the note dated 3 March 2007 from Spain
Reaction of States to the submission made by Norway  to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf

Note dated 24 January 2007: English


Note dated 29 January 2007: English

Russian Federation

Note dated 21 February 2007: Russian/English


Note dated 3 March 2007: Spanish/English

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