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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Prestige incident

INTERTANKO very much regrets the loss of the tanker Prestige and the environmental, social and economic consequences of this extremely unfortunate incident.

INTERTANKO welcomed the statements of ABS and the Bahamas Maritime Authority that they are making available all the historical records on Prestige. INTERTANKO believe that it is essential that all major marine accidents are comprehensively investigated and that the results are made public so that important lessons can be learned.

INTERTANKO is committed to contributing to the post-incident analysis to the fullest extent wherever this is useful and possible. We will also encourage the prompt and efficient implementation of any appropriate measures that are developed from a rigorous investigation in to the causes of this accident. INTERTANKO understands that the owner of the vessel, Mare Shipping Inc and operator of the vessel, Universe Maritime Ltd, have been co-operating with all relevant authorities and are committed to participates fully with the accident investigation.

INTERTANKO has particularly noted the observations of the European Commission that that the industry does not necessarily need new legislation but that existing regulations must be implemented and enforced consistently and uniformly.

INTERTANKO has further noted that the international compensation schemes for all those who are likely to suffer from pollution damage, namely CLC 92 and the Fund Convention 92 should be applicable in this case.