Brussels, 13 January 2020

On 13 January 2020, FEPORT attended to the 9th HLSG Expert Sub-Group “Cooperation Group on Plces of Refuge” (PoR Group).

PoR1

During the meeting, the PoR Group discussed the Joint IMO Submission regarding the preliminary draft text of the revised Guidelines on places of refuge for ships in need of assistance (resolution A.949(23)).

This document was proposed in order to make the Guidelines clearer and more operational for all parties involved in the assisntace of a ship seeking a place of refuge.

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During the meeting, the Spanish Exercise Director presented the 4th Table Top Exercise (TTX), that took place on 2-3 October 2019. 

Hosted by Spain, the exercise concerned a large container vessel on fire and allowed participants to draw three main (lessons) conclusions:

  • the mis-declaration of hazmats constitutes a major hazard to the safety of container carriers;
  • the Class ERS proved to be a keypoint in the decision making process;
  • the Operational character of the Guidelines was confirmed.

The TTX provided an excellent opportunity to learn from each other.