PLACES OF SAFE REFUGE
Chair: JAMES PRAZAK
The Places of Safe Refuge Subcommittee of the Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee (LSHSC) is responsible for updating the Harbor of Safe Refuge Guide that was originally created by a HOGANSAC effort in the mid-2000's (the original guide can be found under the "Resources" tab on our website). The Harbor of Safe Refuge Guide was developed to address the issue of vessels that may seek safe refuge within the ports of Houston, Galveston, Texas City and Freeport. The collision incident involving the Carla Maersk and Conti Peridot in the early part of 2015 raised awareness that incidents can also occur within the port boundaries that can lead to the need for safe refuge. Incidents may lead to significant closures of the waterways, affecting the broader maritime industry, the local economy, and the economy of the entire nation, and an effective plan is needed that will not only minimize the economic impact, but also to help mitigate the safety, security and environmental aspects as well. The Places of Safe Refuge subcommittee is to expand upon the original guide to address these issues, also taking into account any newer guidance provided by national and international bodies.
Key objectives include:
- Identify key learnings from the Carla Maersk/Conti Peridot incident, as well as any other key incident with pertinent learning value;
- Develop guidance as to critical issues to be addressed when assessing these incidents, formulating potential solutions, and then implementing those solutions;
- If possible, identify preferred locations where vessels may be placed, including distressed vessels, that provide for ongoing mitigation and resolution of the situation;
- Identify long-term solutions that could aid in providing safe refuge, such as new locations to place vessels that may need long-term planning and funding;
- Solicit input from all key players who may be involved, including local, state and federal agencies and the broad maritime industry.
To join this committee, please send your request to James Prazak, Chair.