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Wednesday, September 19, 2018


The Erika accident has shown that, once again, the problem lies not in a lack of suitable regulations but in a lack of adequate implementation of the existing body of international rules governing tanker safety and pollution prevention.

The loss of the ship also highlighted another traditional problem in the shipping sector - how the veil of secrecy drawn over information relating to individual ships supports the continued trading of substandard vessels.

INTERTANKO has participated in many meetings and dialogues in the two months since the Erika sank, promoting the causes of responsible tanker owners and an industry-wide approach to plugging those gaps in the existing safety regime highlighted by the loss of the ship.

At one of those gatherings, a special meeting of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and INTERTANKO held in Paris on 20 January 1999, the shipowners agreed that compliance with the European Union’s new Quality Shipping Campaign provides a most useful way of achieving these goals. The embodiment of INTERTANKO’s Chain of Responsibility concept in the Campaign was welcomed. Shipowners believe that the approach provides the opportunity for all the players involved in the safe passage of ships to fulfil their obligations in an open, cooperative manner, and to give quality and transparency the endorsement they deserve.

INTERTANKO has prepared an overview on the following eight issues and INTERTANKO’s activities:

1/ What happened?

2/ Classification Societies

3/ Charterers

4/ Port State Control

5/ The role of the Flag State

6/ Age

7/ Port of refuge

8/ Oil spill liability and compensation

Pleaes follow the link for a summary of the 8 issues