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Friday, October 19, 2018


Regional responsibilities – Asian Representative Office & Latin American Panel

INTERTANKO, the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners, has announced the following personnel changes affecting its Asian Representative Office and Latin American Panel.

The Association’s Asian office, located in Singapore, was set up in 1999 and has been managed to date by Ms Minerva Alfonso. Ms Alfonso will be relinquishing her post as Asian Regional Manger in August to commence maternity leave. Mr John Fawcett-Ellis has been appointed as the new Regional Manager for Asia–Pacific, taking over responsibility for INTERTANKO members in the region. Mr Fawcett-Ellis will continue to act as the Association’s Legal Counsel with specific responsibility for chartering and documentary matters. In his new position he will also act as secretary to INTERTANKO’s Asian Panel. Mr Fawcett-Ellis, an English solicitor by profession, has been with the Association since 1997. Upon completion of her leave Ms Alfonso will return to a senior position in the European offices of INTERTANKO.

Concurrently with the above, Mr Anders Baardvik has been appointed Regional Manager for Latin America and will act as secretary of the Association’s Latin American Panel, in succession to Mr John Fawcett-Ellis. Mr Baardvik has been with INTERTANKO since 1996 and also retains the position as Executive Officer at the Association’s London office.

The Association’s Managing Director, Dr Peter Swift comments: “INTERTANKO’s Asian office has a key role to play in maintaining strong links with our members and focusing on local issues in that region. The Association is grateful to the dedication of Ms Alfonso during her tenure in Singapore and wishes her well  during her maternity leave. The Association is delighted that Mr Fawcett-Ellis will be taking over this position and wishes him every success. Latin America is another key area for the Association, and the formation of the Latin American Panel in March demonstrated the Association’s commitment to this region. The Association thanks Mr Fawcett-Ellis for services to date with respect to this Panel and also wishes Mr Baardvik every success in his new position.”

The INTERTANKO Asian Panel was established in 1997 to strengthen the participation of Asian’s tanker shipping interests in the activities of the Association. The Panel has served to bring tanker owners in the region together, not only to discuss local matters or the impact of international issues on regional activities, but also to establish closer relationships with maritime authorities and trade bodies. The INTERTANKO Asian Panel is chaired by Mr KH Koo from Tai Chong Cheang Steamship Co. (H.K.) Ltd.

Based on the success of other regional panels and forums, the Latin American Panel was established in March this year to strengthen the links between INTERTANKO and its members in this important continent. The INTERTANKO Latin American Panel is chaired by Mr José Peraza of Heidenreich Marine Caracas, C.A. and will hold its next meeting 23 September in Houston.

For further information please contact:

Sally Woulfe, Communications Manager (
Phone: +44 20 7623 4311 Fax: +44 20 7626 7078

Peter Swift, Managing Director (

John Fawcett-Ellis, (

Anders Baardvik (

Notes for Editors.

INTERTANKO is the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners and represents 140 members in 54 countries controlling a fleet of more than 2,000 tankers, equivalent to a total of 162 million tons deadweight (dwt ). This represents about 70 per cent of eligible tankers over 10,000 dwt, while the independently owned tanker fleet corresponds to 80 per cent of the global tanker fleet.  INTERTANKO’s associate membership stands at over 290 companies with an interest in oil and oil and chemicals shipping. The principal offices of INTERTANKO are located in Oslo and London, with representative offices in Washington and Singapore.

The Regional Panels have been a successful means of focusing attention on local and regional issues as well as aiding communication with INTERTANKO’s members. The are four panels, viz: Asian Panel, Latin American Panel, North American Panel and the Hellenic Forum covering the eastern Mediterranean region.