Journal is indexed in following databases:

2022 Journal Impact Factor - 0.6
2022 CiteScore - 1.7




ISSN 2083-6473
ISSN 2083-6481 (electronic version)




Associate Editor
Prof. Tomasz Neumann

Published by
TransNav, Faculty of Navigation
Gdynia Maritime University
3, John Paul II Avenue
81-345 Gdynia, POLAND
The Polish Contiguous Zone - the Exercise of the Coastal State Jurisdiction and Control
1 University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland
ABSTRACT: In November 2015 Poland established a contiguous zone and, after more than a year, in January 2017, adopted the regulation on the baselines, an external boundary of the Polish territorial sea and the contiguous zone of the Republic of Poland. After many decades, it was a successful attempt to establish a contiguous zone returning to the concept of the 30?s of the last century. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) recognizes that the coastal State may establish a zone contiguous to its territorial sea that extends to 24 nautical miles from the baselines of the coastal State, known as the contiguous zone, and exercise the control necessary to prevent infringement of its customs, fiscal, immigration, or sanitary laws and regulations within its territory or territorial sea, or to punish such infringements committed within its territory or territorial sea. This paper presents a few general comments on the Polish contiguous zone taking into account the international roots of that legal institution of the law of the sea, of such importance, also for the security reasons.
K. Aquilina, Territorial Sea and the Contiguous Zone, [in:] ed. D. J. Attard, eds. M. Fitzmaurice, N.A. Martines Gutiérrez The IMLI Manual on International Maritime Law, The Law of the Sea, vol. I, Oxford 2014. pp.56-70.
“On the high seas adjacent to its territorial sea, the coastal State may exercise the control necessary to prevent and punish the infringement, within its territory or territorial sea, of its customs, immigration, fiscal or sanitary regulations. Such control may not be exercised at distance beyond 12 miles from the base line from which the width of the territorial sea is measured”, Yearbook of the International Law Commission, 1956, vol. II, p. 5, yearbooks/english/ilc_1956_v2.pdf
Official Journal of 2015, Item 1642.
Official Journal of 2017, Item 183.
K. Marciniak, The Polish Baselines and the Contiguous Zone: Remarks from the Perspectives of the United Nations Convention, on the Law of the Sea, Maritime Law, vol. XXXII, Gdańsk 2016 pp.49-86,
Official Journal 1932, No. 92, Item 789.
Official Journal 1933, No. 84, Item 610.
Official Journal 1956, No. 9, Item 51.
Official Journal 1977, No. 43, Item 233.
D.Pyć, M. Dragun-Gertner, Z. Pepłowska, The Law Applicable on the Continental Shelf and in the Exclusive Economic Zone: The Polish Perspective [in:] eds. A.Chircop, S. Coffen-Smout, M. McConnell, Ocean Yearbook 25, Halifax 2011.
R.Wolfrum, The Legal Order for the Sea and Oceans [in:] eds. M.H. Nordquist, J.N. Moore Entry into Force of the Law of the Sea Convention, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 1995, p. 162.
A/47/512(1992), p.7.
E.J. Molenaar, Coastal State Jurisdiction over Vessel-Source Pollution, Kluwer Law International, 1998, p.175]
Y. Tanaka, The International Law of the Sea, Cambridge, 2012, p.123.
R.R. Churchill, A.V. Lowe, The Law of the Sea, Manchester University Press, 1988, pp. 112-119.
E. Roucounas, Greece and the Law of the Sea [in:] T.Treves, The Law of the Sea, The European Union and its Member States, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1997, p.252
Citation note:
Pyć D.: The Polish Contiguous Zone - the Exercise of the Coastal State Jurisdiction and Control. TransNav, the International Journal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation, Vol. 11, No. 3, doi:10.12716/1001.11.03.09, pp. 453-456, 2017

Other publications of authors:

File downloaded 543 times

Important: cookie usage
The website uses certain cookies. A cookie is a text-only string of information that the TransNav.EU website transfers to the cookie file of the browser on your computer. Cookies allow the website to perform properly and remember your browsing history. Cookies also help a website to arrange content to match your preferred interests more quickly. Cookies alone cannot be used to identify you.
Akceptuję pliki cookies z tej strony