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Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Ports of Refuge, Piracy and Lifeboat Safety are to be addressed this week at the meeting of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC)

Ports of Refuge, Piracy and Lifeboat Safety are to be addressed this week at the IMO Headquarters in London, during an extended meeting of its Maritime Safety Committee (MSC).

INTERTANKO has submitted a paper on Ports of Refuge recommending that States should look prepare contingency plans to deal with ships in distress. Click here for a copy of the submission (11KB).

In his opening statement, the Secretary General noted that this was of great importance at this meeting and that a full discussion on the issue would take place during the plenary session. Further papers were submitted by Spain, Germany and the ICS. As a priority item it is understood that the Committee will look into the development of International Guidelines on the implementation of Ports of Refuge.

With acts of piracy and armed robbery during the period of March 2000 – March 2001 totalling 471, the Secretary General emphasised his concern at this ever deteriorating problem. With the loss of seventy lives during the same period, the IMO will be looking seriously into the issue of further identifying the ports and areas of concern. In addition, it has been recommended that suitable authorities associated with combating Piracy should be identified by the IMO to benefit ships transiting in the so-called high risk areas.

INTERTANKO’s combined study with SIGTTO and OCIMF on Lifeboat Safety will also be tabled at the meeting. It is expected that the Committee will discuss the possibility of issuing a circular based on this information to warn of the problems identified in the INTERTANKO submission.

An update of the progress at IMO will be given in the next weekly news.