PLACES OF REFUGE FOR SHIPS — EMERGING ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS OF A MARITIME CUSTOM
|Author(s)||Aldo Chircop, Olof Linden|
|Publisher||Martinus Nijhoff Publishers|
|D O W N L O A D|
This book is mainly concerned with the regime and current practice of the granting of refuge in a port or any other safe haven, i.e.,a "place of refuge", to a vessel needing immediate assistance. A ship may actually require assistance in various situations, and sometimes that assistance may be provided to the vessel while it is at sea, such as when a seriously ill or injured seafarer on-board needs to be airlifted to receive urgent medical treatment in a hospital.
Occasionally, there are situations where the ship's safety is at stake as a result of stress of weather, so-called force majeure or an urgent necessity. Perhaps the ship has received salvage assistance, and the salvor is instructed and obligated to take the stricken ship to a safe place. In such situations it is considered absolutely imperative for the ship to seek and enter the closest safe haven available.
When a ship seeks refuge, in all cases it will be for exceptional reasons and in exceptional situations. The place of refuge is not normally the intended destination of the vessel. The content of this publication will be of practical interest for the persons dealing with subject issues, planning the shipping activities including the possible situations where the vessel may have to seek for a refuge port.
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