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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Single-hull phase out – trying to pin down the smaller tankers

INTERTANKO has closely followed single-hull (SH) phase-out both during the rule making and after the implementation. We have regularly provided statistics based on the list of SH tankers used by the IMO Group of Experts, which was set up to look at the consequences of phase out. We have updated this list according to information received on tankers sold for decommissioning, conversions and other information received from owners, brokers and others. 

We have run checks on the large tankers and the phase-out situation seems to be according the MARPOL schedule. There do not appear to be any larger tankers left trading that should have been phased out 2004 or earlier.  

However, until now we have not fully checked the list of smaller tankers (i.e. those below 60,000 dwt) with other sources, other than giving the list to those who asked for it and then taking their comments into account. 

In our list of smaller tankers we still had 231 vessels that, according the MARPOL phase out schedule, should have been phased out in 2004 or earlier. We have now doubled checked this list with the LRFairplay database and taken out all tankers that were not recorded by LRFairplay and some tankers that LRFairplay had as double hull tankers or chemical tankers.  We are now left with a list of 202 tankers:

Flag

Number of smaller SH tankers due to be phased out from petroleum trades 2004 or earlier according to MARPOL  - by dwt category

Total

5,000-9,999

10,000-14,999

15,000-19,999

20,000-24,999

25,000-29,999

30,000-59,999

China

10

1

8

3

2

6

30

Panama

13

7

1

1

 

1

23

Russia

18

 

1

1

 

 

20

Indonesia

13

3

1

 

1

 

18

Nigeria

11

1

 

 

 

 

12

Unknown

9

2

 

 

 

 

11

Mexico

0

 

2

8

 

 

10

Turkey

4

1

 

1

1

 

7

Honduras

4

 

1

1

 

 

6

Belize

4

1

 

 

 

 

5

Malta

1

 

 

1

1

2

5

Singapore

2

 

1

 

 

1

4

Thailand

3

 

1

 

 

 

4

USA

1

 

 

 

1

2

4

Others

24

10

4

1

1

3

43

Total

117

26

20

17

7

15

202

According to our information, the 202 smaller SH tankers that have passed the phase-out dates fly some 42 flags. 59% of them are between 5,000 dwt and 9,999 dwt. Only abouit 10% - 22 tankers - are bigger than 25,000 dwt.  

When looking at the country of domicile of the owners, a number of these tankers appear to be operating in China (30), on Russian (18) rivers, or in Indonesia (13). In addition there appear to be some in Nigeria (13), United Arab Emirates (12), Mexico (10), and Turkey (7). Otherwise the 99 other tankers are very much scattered around among many owners from various countries, which basically appear to be small local owners. The U.S. ones probably operate under the Jones act and the OPA90 phase out scheme. 

As we have said a number of times, these tankers may not actually be operating in conflict with regulations. They might be operating in non-petroleum trades, some may have been upgraded to SBT/PL (category 2) or even double hull, and some may have re-measured to below 5,000 dwt.  

Please contact: Erik Ranheim for the list of SH tankers and a complete set of graphs and figures.