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Law of the Sea and International Environmental Law Considerations for Places of Refuge for Ships in Need of Assistance

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This chapter provides a survey of actual or potential issues, frequently interrelated, in the current and emerging international law of the sea and marine environmental law that are relevant considerations for places of refuge for ships in need of assistance while constituting a threat to the marine environment. It focuses on commercial vessels; because of their special status, consideration of government ships and warships is excluded. The discourse that produced the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Refuge Guidelines was largely undertaken in intergovernmental and non-governmental maritime law and industry fora?. The chapter has identified several environmental issues that are actually or potentially relevant to the discourse. The issues raised by the problem are of concern outside maritime fora and the maritime administrator needs to consider interrelationships with other international law of the sea and marine environmental responsibilities of the coastal state.

Keywords: coastal state; International environmental law; International Maritime Organization (IMO) Refuge Guidelines; marine environmental responsibilities; warships



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