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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

INTERTANKO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETS IN LONDON

INTERTANKO’s Executive Committee held its winter meeting in London on 15 and 16 January. A main issue was naturally INTERTANKO’s plans for 2002.

The Executive Committee noted the way INTERTANKO has enhanced its stature in Europe and supported the plans to develop this further.  At the same time, the Committee underlined the need to do more for INTERTANKO’s Asian members, not least in Japan. 

INTERTANKO’s Technical Director, Dragos Rauta, has moved to Washington DC where he will represent INTERTANKO from an office with the America Waterways Operators in close collaboration with Jonathan Benner at the Troutman Sanders LLP law firm.

There was a substantial discussion on how to reduce the number of ship inspections, and the Executive Committee confirmed that vetting issues would continue to be high on INTERTANKO’s priority list. Furthermore, the Executive Committee underlined the need for proper accident investigations, the pivotal role of the Classification Societies, and the work programme on newbuilding standards.

INTERTANKO’s 2002 Annual Meeting and Tanker Event will be held in Rotterdam  14 – 17 April.  This will include open forums and meetings of the Council and Executive Committee. A very impressive list of speakers will address the Tanker Event and good attendance is expected.  Furthermore, the autumn Council meeting will be held in Hong Kong, China, 4 – 7 November, where a strong and interesting programme is being prepared in close cooperation with OCIMF and ITOPF.

The Executive Committee considered further developments among international shipping associations, and underlined the need for close cooperation to avoid unnecessary duplication of work.  Further media awareness courses will be held in a number of cities, and plans regarding enhancement of the tanker industry’s standing will be executed. INTERTANKO will further develop its role as an information provider for the tanker industry.