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Monday, September 24, 2018

Peter Swift speaks at CMA on “What makes a Trade Association Effective”.

INTERTANKO MD Dr Peter Swift addressed a session at the Connecticut Maritime Association’s (CMA) Annual Meeting on what is needed for a Trade Association to be effective and how it works to represent the interests of its members.

Inter alia, he spoke of the need for the Association to be in touch with its members, to be respected and trusted for its integrity and competence, to be acknowledged as being proactive and an industry leader, and to be respected in the principal theatres where decisions are made.

He included examples of INTERTANKO’s work with Port State Control to improve the regimes, and its analysis of detention records to learn lessons. He also emphasised industry initiatives addressing major issues in advance of legislation and its initiatives as part of the process of self-regulation, such as newbuilding standards, recycling and flag selection.

He also spoke of the cooperation among the Round Table of international shipping associations (BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO) to tackle common issues; and of INTERTANKO’s campaigns with governments and administrations to ratify key IMO Conventions, to provide for reception facilities and to be prepared with Places of Refuge.

Finally he warned that moves to increasing criminalisation in maritime accidents are mostly counterproductive to improving safety and quality in the shipping industry. 

A copy of Dr Swift’s presentation can be seen on the INTERTANKO web site at 

Contact: Peter Swift