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Places of Refuge in Germany

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The term 'places of refuge' (Notliegeplätze) was chosen in Germany for all internal discussions after the year 2000 to make clear that both ports and roadsteads could qualify as a place to handle maritime casualties. In the aftermath of the 'Pallas' accident of 1998, the federal Minister of Transport initiated an independent working group of eleven experts, known as the Grobecker Kommission, who came forward with a report and a list of 30 recommendations in the field of prevention and accident management. In its daily routine Central Command for Maritime Emergency (CCME) serves merely as a reporting centre with an alert function. In the case of a complex casualty, it functions as a staff co-ordination organisation and becomes fully operational if a complex accident happens. The actual decision on a place of refuge is the most salient issue to be resolved in practice.

Keywords: Central Command for Maritime Emergency (CCME); Northern Germany; place of refuge; Port



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