ISU Calls for Action

Monday, December 02, 2002
The loss of the tanker Prestige should convince the international community of the need to deal with the places of refuge issue once and for all, the International Salvage Union (ISU) said today. Joop Timmermans, ISU President, says: “Clearly, no-one is satisfied with the present system, which is dominated by knee-jerk reactions from politicians who have no experience of marine salvage and the assessment of pollution threats. There must be a better way of working. “Salvors are best qualified to provide technical input when requests for shelter are made. Naturally, the salvor wants to save the ship and keep the pollutant inside the vessel. This is also what the politicians want. The Prestige case makes the point that taking the advice of salvage experts is the essential first step in the fight to prevent or reduce pollution. “We understand the political difficulties surrounding such decisions, especially when a vessel is leaking oil, but the fact remains that there is no substitute for salvage expertise when evaluating the threat presented by a casualty.” The ISU believes that the best possible EU response to the Prestige would be the pan-European adoption of the UK model for streamlined salvage decision-making. The Salvage Master is in command of the salvage operation, working in cooperation with a senior government official representing the public interest (and with powers to intervene, if necessary). In the UK, the latter responsibility belongs to the Secretary of State’s Representative, or “SOSREP”. Joop Timmermans says: “Every EU State should act now and appoint a SOSREP with full authority to take decisions in a marine emergency, on the government’s behalf. This approach offers fast and effective command in situations where every minute counts and difficult decisions have to be made.” The ISU President adds: “I believe this is the way forward for the EU. As a first step, I intend to set out this proposal in an ISU submission to the European Commission. In addition, the ISU will submit fresh proposals for the consideration of the International Maritime Organization. “Meanwhile, I call on IMO Secretary-General William O’Neil to accelerate the current IMO work on international guidelines concerning places of refuge. I urge IMO member governments to accept ISU proposals which would contribute to a rational approach on these issues.”

Earlier this year, the ISU made proposals for IMO consideration: 1. States should carry out a physical inspection of a casualty BEFORE taking a decision on requests for shelter. 2. States should set up a panel of experts to advise on the risks posed by a casualty requiring a place of refuge. 3. Consideration should be given to the evaluation of the potential consequences, should a place of refuge be refused.

Maritime Reporter August 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Ports

CMA CGM Launches 18,000 TEU Containership

Container shipping firm CMA CGM Group has taken delivery of its newest colossal containership, the 18,000 TEU, 400-meter-long CMA CGM Bougainville.   Now the

Busan Port Names Woo Ye-jong as New CEO

The Busan Port Authority (BPA) announced Woo Ye-jong has been named as its new CEO, as appointed by the Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries.   Woo took office on July 31,

Mary Anne Rooney Named APP President

Mary Anne Rooney, Harbor Commissioner at California’s Port of Hueneme, has been named President of the Association of Pacific Ports (APP), a trade and information

Salvage

Fishing Vessel Sinks, Spills Oil in Alaska

A 58-foot fishing vessel ran aground, sunk and spilled oil in Sitka, Alaska, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. No injuries have been reported, and there have

Runaway Crane Barge Sinks on the Mississippi

The U.S. Coast Guard is working with a team of responders to recover a runaway crane barge that sunk near Convent on the Mississippi River.   The crane barge

Historic WW I Shipwreck Survey Underway

Partnering U.S. agencies have commenced surveying the historic shipwreck of an American lightship shelled and sunk by a German U-boat during World War I nearly 100 years ago.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.3441 sec (3 req/sec)