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Saturday, September 22, 2018

INTERTANKO and other industry organisations met IACS

On 1 December 1999, INTERTANKO's Chairman, Mr. Westye Høegh and INTERTANKO's Managing Director, Mr. Dagfinn Lunde together with representatives from Bimco, the International Chamber of Shipping, Intercargo, the International Group of P&I Clubs, IUMI and OCIMF met IACS to discuss important classification issues and possibilities of developing further the co-operation within the industry.

During the meeting, a very constructive dialogue was generated with respect to the enforcement of class role, which was confirmed by the willingness of all the participants to repeat the meeting once a year.  The following points summarise the outcome of discussions:

·         There is a need for establishing minimum unified standards for the newbuildings as these seem to have recently been fallen to an unacceptable level due to the strong competition developed among the shipyards and the pressure put on the classification societies. Consideration should be given to an increasing number of claims and problems with the machinery and propulsion plants, which have been observed in the new ships and the possibility of extending the warranty period for the newbuildings.

·         There is consensus among the industry that time has finally come to find solutions to the problem of multiple vettings and inspections.

·         Concerns were expressed regarding the lack of uniformity in standards as there are many exemptions to many rules and the implementation by the Classification societies could vary considerably. Recognising these concerns, IACS will intensify the extensive Surveyor training programme based on uniform IACS standards as well as will review the use of non-exclusive Surveyors.

·         Consideration was also given to the role of the Classification societies acting on behalf of the Flag States,as it often appears that the same society applies different rules for different flags. Is there any need for minimum quality or competence criteria for a flag? It was also generally agreed that both the industry and the classification societies should not encourage the marketing of dubious quality registers.

·         IACS efforts for providing information for vessels leaving the IACS were applauded and IACS will further consider improvements regarding the information provided about the transfer of Classwithin the IACS members

·         Focus also was given on the fast introduction of new class notations, the role of the IACS Advisory Committee and the utilisation of IACS technical expertise in accident investigation and the spreading of "lessons learned" information within the industry.

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