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The International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO) will hold the first meeting of its new Asia Regional Panel at the Westin Plaza Hotel in Singapore on 13 May 1997. The Association has organised Tanker Chartering and Media Training Courses for 14-15 May to coincide with the inaugural session of the Asia Panel.

INTERTANKO decided to establish a Regional Panel in Asia at the end of 1996 after a series of intensive visits to Asia by the Association’s Secretariat, most notably Ms Minerva Alfonso, the Section Manager responsible for looking after the interests of the membership in East Asia, excluding Japan. These trips revealed strong support for the idea of an industry forum from amongst the region’s tanker shipping community, including existing INTERTANKO members.

The overall aim of the new Regional Panel is to boost the participation of Asia’s tanker shipping interests in the activities of the Association. More specific goals of the initiative can be itemised as follows:
(a) to address tanker issues particular to the Asian region;
(b) to make companies active in the region’s tanker shipping sector more aware of tanker shipping issues and activities
(c) to exchange views and opinions and discuss matters of common interest; and
(d) to increase membership in the Asian region thereby strengthening INTERTANKO’s collective voice in this rapidly expanding area.

The INTERTANKO membership includes, as Full Members, 255 tanker companies with 1,750 tankers totalling 155.86 million dwt. This is equivalent to 70% of all independently owned tanker tonnage worldwide. In addition, there are 210 INTERTANKO Associate Member companies which offer equipment and services to the tanker industry. Press Release Page 2 INTERTANKO Regional Panel in Asia

Council Members in East Asia (excluding Japan)

Mr A.K. Atre, Wallem Shipmanagement Ltd.
Dr F.S.B. Chao, Wah Kwong & Co. (Hong Kong, China) Ltd.
Mr P. Cremers, Anglo-Eastern Ship Management Ltd.
Mr K.H. Koo, Tai Chong Cheang Steamship Co. Ltd.
Mr W. S. To, Hong Kong Ming Wah Shipping Co. Ltd.
Mr C.C. Tung, Associated Maritime (HK) Ltd.

Mr S. Y. Koh, Hyundai Merchant Marine
Mr S. G. Lee, Yukong Line Ltd.

Capt A. Ghani, Malaysian International Shipping
Mr J. Kitchura, Aurora Tankers Sdn. Bhd.

Capt R. Ambrose, Neptune Orient Lines Ltd.
Mr M. Bruce, World Tankers Management Pte. Ltd.
Mr T. Cottew, Osprey Maritime Ltd.
Mr H. Hung, Tanker Pacific Management Pte. Ltd.
Mr J. Kwok, Neptune Orient Lines Ltd.
Mr O.E. Thorstensen, Thome Ship Management Pte. Ltd.

Mr P. C. P. Cheng, Energy Shipping Co., Ltd.