Executive Agreement Series No. 42
The Netherlands Minister (Van Royen) to the Secretary of State
Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Department’s note of August 26, 1931, No. 856.8561/4, concerning the conclusion of a reciprocal load line agreement between the United States of America and the Netherlands pending the coming into force of the International Load Line Convention.
Pursuant to instructions from the Minister of Foreign Affairs at The Hague, I beg leave to transmit herewith four copies of the Royal Decree of October 8, 1931,3 published in the Collection of Official Documents (Staatsblad) No. 414, by which the laws, rules and regulations pertaining to load lines for vessels now enforced by the United States Government are recognized by the Netherlands Government.
I am further requested to inform Your Excellency that the Netherlands Government has designated the following bureaus as private investigation bureaus recognized in accordance with the “Schepenwet” (Netherlands Merchant Shipping Act of July 1, 1909): [Page 489]
- Lloyd’s Register of British and Foreign Shipping;
- British Corporation for the survey and registry of shipping;
- Bureau Veritas;
- Germanischer Lloyd;
- Det Norske Veritas.
I avail myself [etc.]