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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Unlawful detention of tanker captains and crews, vigorously opposed by INTERTANKO

The International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO) is deeply concerned about the increasing tendency by nations to unlawfully detain tanker captains, and in some cases crews, for extended periods, without trial, following oil spill incidents. INTERTANKO is also concerned about the prolonged detention of the ships themselves in many cases.

INTERTANKO recognises that a nation, state or province may bring criminal charges following an accident. In these cases, INTERTANKO expects the due process of law to be expedited in a timely fashion, with full access to legal counsel for the captain and the crew of the vessel(s) involved.

The Association calls on all nations to handle marine accidents in conformity with the international conventions governing marine transportation and oil spill liability. Most states have ratified these conventions and implemented them in national law.

INTERTANKO expects its members owning or operating vessels involved in an accident or oil spill incident to cooperate fully with the relevant authorities to determine the cause of the accident.

For more information contact:
Dagfinn Lunde, Managing Director, INTERTANKO
Phone: +47 22 12 26 50 Mobile: +47 92 49 61 17
E-mail: dagfinn.lunde@intertanko.com