Representatives of Governments and Maritime Administrations, having met in Stockholm 27–28 February 1996 to conclude an Agreement concerning specific stability requirements for ro-ro passenger ships undertaking regular scheduled international voyages carrying passengers between or to or from designated ports in North West Europe and the Baltic Sea,
Having reached an agreement on implementing the specific stability requirements on their ships not later than the dates defined in the Agreement,
Recognizing the possibilities of implementing the requirements earlier by agreement between Contracting Governments, in consultations with other flag States concerned, for ships trading between their ports,
Further recognizing the inherent problem of one compartment ro-ro passenger ships,
Agree, as a matter of priority, to bring their one compartment ro-ro passenger ships in compliance with the technical requirements of the Agreement as soon as possible,
Further agree that Contracting Governments can, by agreement between them, apply earlier implementation dates than those specified in annex 2 for ships trading between their ports. In negotiating such agreements other flag States concerned should be invited to participate.