INTERTANKO represented in the Places of Refuge Project Workgroup

Teekay will serve on behalf of INTERTANKO in a working group to address the issue of Places of Refuge for the West Coast of the United States and Canada and the Hawaiian Islands. The working group is being set up as a joint initiative of the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force, the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area and appropriate Canadian authorities.

The request for a place of refuge is defined as involving a request for refuge, for the purpose of repair, from a vessel which is leaking, or has the potential to leak, oil or other hazardous substances. This would be called a "place of refuge" to emphasise that such places do not always need to be ports and that, sometimes a vessel just needs an area protected from wind and waves in order to effect temporary repairs. It is the intention to focus on a pre-designated process for making a place of refuge decision, NOT to pre-designate actual places themselves. All recommendations are intended to be consistent with the places of refuge guidelines under consideration at IMO.

The Places of Refuge Project Workgroup will meet as soon as possible in 2004, and will adopt final recommendations by no later than July 2005.

Contact: Dragos Rauta