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Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Recently the shipping industry has again seen states refusing to admit a ship in need of a place of refuge. When ships are refused such refuge, the potential for a serious accident is frequently increased and the safety of the crew jeopardised. The emergency transfer of cargo and other measures to aid the stricken vessel may be similarly hindered with a consequent increased threat to the environment.

Accordingly, INTERTANKO, ICS, Intercargo and Bimco once again stress the importance for all coastal states to have developed plans for places of refuge and urge Governments to nominate appropriate waters/ports/anchorage.  Both the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the European Union are equally committed to this need and the Secretary General of the IMO has underlined that this is an issue that needs to be solved as a matter of urgency, and is under active consideration in IMO.  In the European Union, the issue is part of the proposals of a European monitoring, control and information system which soon will be finally adopted.

INTERTANKO, ICS, Intercargo and Bimco recognise that pre-identified places of refuge would greatly enhance the saving of life at sea and pollution prevention.

INTERTANKO, ICS, Intercargo and Bimco call upon all relevant authorities to ensure that the appropriate rules will soon be adopted, and more importantly, that all coastal states ensure that they have relevant plans in place so that ships in need will have safe havens to which they can take refuge.


The International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO)
Managing Director: Peter Swift
Tel: +44 20 7623 4311

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)
Secretary General: Chris Horrocks
Tel: +44 20 7417 8844

The International Association of Dry Cargo Ship Owners (INTERCARGO)
Managing Director: Roger Holt
Tel: +44 20 7638 3989

The Baltic and International Maritime Committee (BIMCO)
Secretary General: Truls W. L'orange
Tel: +45 44 366800