Places of refuge: the debate moves on.
Journal of International Maritime Law, 10, (2), .
Reports on the main topics identified by the Comite Maritime International's (CMI) international subcommittee on places of refuge for discussion at the CMI's 38th international conference to be held in Vancouver in May to June 2004, including: (1) whether coastal states have an obligation to offer a place of refuge to ships in distress; (2) whether the current insurance and financial security regimes limiting liability for pollution from ships which have claimed a place of refuge are sufficient; (3) whether to designate places of refuge when coastal states formulate contingency plans; (4) how coastal states should establish procedures for objective decision making concerning their treatment of distressed ships; (5) the extent of liability for pollution damage that should be accepted by states offering a place of refuge to a ship, by states which refuse a place of refuge, and by salvors; and (6) the forms of compensation which could be offered to ports accepting ships in distress. Discusses the European Union's perspective on the desirability of establishing measures relating to the offer of a place of refuge, following the high profile pollution incidents resulting from the wrecks of the Amoco Cadiz, the Erika, and the Prestige.
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