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The Experience of the United Kingdom

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This chapter explores the United Kingdom (UK) policy and system in regards to places of refuge using examples of incidents in UK waters. In the UK, the legal basis for providing a ship in need of assistance with a place of refuge is the Merchant Shipping Act 1995. Many European countries are leaders in the field of surveillance and combating marine pollution. The members of the Bonn Agreement utilise this expertise in the planning for and management of pollution incidents. Ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of cargo and/or bunkers is one of the primary options when attempting to reduce a threat of significant marine pollution. The delegated powers of Secretary of State's Representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention (SOSREP) are critical when considering the requirement for a place of refuge, nomination of a place of refuge and the acceptance by any authority to receive the casualty.

Keywords: Bonn Agreement; refuge; SOSREP; United Kingdom (UK) policy

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