Tuesday, 31st January 2017

EU Guidelines on Places of Refuge

“European Union Member States supported by industry stakeholders have recently agreed EU-wide Operational Guidelines on places of refuge for ships in need of assistance. The Guidelines supplement IMO Resolution A.949 and should assist Government officials, port authorities, shipowners, their insurers and salvors by expediting the safe and environmentally sensitive handling of ships seeking a place of refuge. The International Group and its sister industry bodies, including the International Chamber of Shipping, International Union of Marine Insurers and International Salvage Union have played a significant role in the development of the Guidelines, which have benefited from extensive industry input and a collaborative approach to policy making by the European Commission and Member States.

The Guidelines complement existing EU legislation established in the Vessel Traffic Monitoring Directive and introduce a principle for EU Member States ‘there should be no rejection without inspection’. It is anticipated that the Guidelines will encourage States to carry out a meaningful risk assessment of a casualty before deciding to reject entry to a port or safe haven in its jurisdiction. The Guidelines will be kept under review and the International Group will continue to be engaged in their future refinement or amendment.”

Download PoR Operational Guidelines and IMO Resolution A949
01 Nov 2019

IOPC Funds’ meetings at the IMO - International Group attendance

The International Group attended and took the lead industry role in the discussions at the meetings of the IOPC Funds that were held in London at the IMO HQ on 28 October – 31 October 2019.
29 Oct 2019

International Group now releases the highly successful P&IQ Qualification to all

First launched in 2010, the International Group’s P&I Qualification (P&IQ) programme has been hugely successful, with over 2,000 examinations taken and over 50 candidates gaining the full Qualification.