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Hi, The below is the assignment question : It is 8 May 2022. A Royal Australian
Hi, The below is the assignment question : It is 8 May 2022. A Royal Australian Navy warship has approached the MV Green, a merchant vessel flagged to Kamaria (which has a very considerable number of ships flagged in its jurisdiction), whilst it is transiting from Ruritania (a small island state to the north of New Zealand) which is not subject to any UN Security Council sanctions prohibiting the exportation of weaponry or related materials off the coast of Northern Queensland within the 200 nautical mile limits of the Australian EEZ. Intelligence indicates that the MV Green is carrying weaponry that is planned to be dropped off (via smaller boats at sea) off the coast of the Southern Philippines. There are concerns that this weaponry could be utilised in a terrorist attack, which could possibly target Australian tourists in the area. The Philippine authorities have requested the assistance of Australia to interdict the MV Green before it reached its territory. There are no pre-existing multilateral, regional or bilateral agreements in place between Australia and Kamaria to facilitate the interdiction of vessels. The Australian authorities have been monitoring the movements of the MV Green for several days. It is projected that in the next few days the ship will be passing through the Torres Strait on its voyage to the Southern Philippines. The Australian authorities have made an ad-hoc request to the relevant authorities of Kamaria to request to board and search the MV Green. However thus far there has been no response from the Kamarian authorities giving authorisation for the Australian warship to board and search the MV Green. The Australian government has requested your advice on the following points: · Whether there would be grounds under international law (including the LOSC), and the Maritime Powers Act 2013 (Cth) for Australia to interdict the MV Green; · The rules that would apply to the use of force that could be used in the interdiction; and · If the MV Green was diverted into port for inspection, whether there would be any grounds for the vessel’s owners and/or those with an economic interest in the MV Green and its cargo to seek compensation from the Australian government

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