Potential Places of Refuge

A distressed vessel may need to be taken to a temporary place of refuge, such as a harbor or other protected water, for lightering and needed repairs to prevent the loss of hazardous substances. Potential places of refuge (PPORs) are included in United States Coast Guard (USCG) area contingency plans (ACPs). The goal in establishing PPORs includes being able to respond to the distressed vessel while still protecting the environment. The author discusses international cooperation in determining PPORs; PPOR requirements; and the decision making process in determining whether a vessel is admitted to a place of refuge. An insert provides information on a website (www.oilspilltaskforce.org) maintained by the Pacific States-British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force, a unique regional cooperative organization for oil spill regulation-related activity in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii.


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  • Accession Number: 01151081
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 19 2010 6:23PM