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
11 Oct 2021

Announcing the International Group of P&I Clubs Fellowship in International Maritime Law 2021-2022

The International Group of P&I Clubs is delighted to announce the establishment of a fellowship for the academic year 2021-2022 for a student pursuing Master of Laws (LL.M.) studies in International Maritime Law at the IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) based in Malta.
07 Oct 2021

Group activities - Current and future challenges

In this video, Chair Paul Jennings and Group CEO Nick Shaw briefly discuss the work that the International Group have been doing to ensure that there are sustainable high levels of P&I cover available to shipowners going forward and discuss future challenges for the Group.