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Monday, January 22, 2018

IMO TAKE FIRST STEPS ON PORTS OF REFUGE

Places of Refuge, as they are to be termed, are to be added to IMO’s work programme. IMO’s Safety of Navigation (NAV) Committee has been charged with defining the term and issuing Terms of References along with three sets of guidelines. Meanwhile INTERTANKO continues to encourage action on this issue in the European Union

Following the presentation of four papers on Ports of Refuge - including INTERTANKO’s submission, which can be found at http://www.intertanko.com/pdf/weeklynews/portofrefuge.pdf

- IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee heard the statements of 29 States supporting the addition of Ports of Refuge to IMO’s work programme, the link to which is .

Firstly, the term Places of Refuge is to be used when addressing the issue in IMO with a definition to be further defined at the IMO’s Safety of Navigation (NAV) Committee meeting in July. The NAV Committee has also been charged with a number of tasks on this issue including the possibility of developing three sets of Guidelines giving guidance:

  • to port states on the designation of places of refuge;
  • on handling and assessing requests from ships to use places of refuge; and also,
  • to ship masters and other associated parties in situations in which a place of refuge would be requested.

The NAV Committee will also develop Terms of Reference on how the IMO should tackle this issue. These will then be tabled for approval at the next Maritime Safety Committee meeting in 2002. Meanwhile INTERTANKO continues to encourage action on this issue in the European Union.