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Monday, October 15, 2018

INTERTANKO statement on criminal sanctions for ship-sourced pollution

INTERTANKO supports the investigation and prosecution of illegal discharges of oil from ships.

INTERTANKO strongly objects to criminalising accidental oil pollution and to treating seafarers as criminals

Any criminal offence of pollution from a ship must be clearly defined and in accordance with international law.

Any penalties imposed on someone found guilty of such an offence must be proportionate. There should also be parity with any penalties imposed for pollution from land based sources.

Any suspects must be treated fairly, impartially and in accordance with international law on human rights.

INTERTANKO also requests coastal states to comply with their existing treaty law obligations to provide adequate, affordable, oil waste reception facilities.

Further, in order to safeguard the lives of seafarers and the marine environment, INTERTANKO urges coastal states to ensure proper contingency plans are put in place so that adequate assistance and if necessary a place of refuge can be made available to a ship in distress.


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