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Places of Refuge for Ships: the Danish Approach

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Every year, about 60,000 ships pass through Danish waters, and this figure does not include domestic ferry traffic. A place of 'refuge' is often reached when the ship is beached or stranded. This happens before anyone in the coastal state has a chance to make any attempt to assist the ship, except with regard to rescue of the crew by helicopters. One of the most recent pollution incidents in Danish waters, on 31 May 2003, occurred when the Chinese bulk carrier 'Fu Shan Hai', a 69,973 DWT vessel with a load of fertilizer, sank just north of the island Bornholm after a collision. The Danish policy for places of refuge for ships in distress as called upon by EU Directive 2002/59/EC was one of the first to be submitted by the required deadline.

Keywords: Danish policy; places of refuge; ships



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