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Friday, April 20, 2018

IACS COUNCIL MEETING WITH INDUSTRY PARTNERS POST ERIKA

A meeting between the Council of IACS and leaders of the principal industry organisations (BIMCO, ICS, Intercargo, INTERTANKO, the International Group of P&I Clubs, IUMI and OCIMF), together with an observer from IMO took place today.

INTERTANKO was represented by INTERTANKO’s Chairman, Westye Høegh  and Managing Director, Dagfinn Lunde.

The thirteen agenda items discussed were:

  1. Chairman’s Introduction and Overview
  2. Reactions by Industry Partners
  3. Measures to Strengthen Surveys
  4. Measures to Strengthen Transfer of Class
  5. Early Warning System
  6. Crisis Management/Investigation Board
  7. Relationship Class/Owner/Flag
    1. Relationship  Class/Flag
    2. Relationship  Class/Owner
  8. Transparency: From Yard to Scrap
  9. ISM and Maintenance.
  10. Measures Relating to EU Oversight.
  11. Self-policing Measures.
  12. RINA Report
  13. Other Matters
    1. IACS QSCS-Quality Advisory Committee.
    2. Frequency of Dialogue Industry Partners/IACS

Subsequent to the meeting, IACS issued the following press statement:

QUOTE

A meeting between the Council of IACS and leaders of the principal industry organisations (BIMCO, ICS, Intercargo, Intertanko, the International Group of P&I Clubs, IUMI and OCIMF), together with an observer from IMO took place today (5 May) at the offices of Lloyd's Register.

The meeting recognised that the "Erika" incident had created a new climate in which the public was increasingly intolerant of any failure on the part of the maritime industry and that it was essential to work together towards restoring confidence in the system.

While the classification societies are only one link in the chain of maritime responsibility, their increasingly pivotal role was acknowledged, and the need to ensure that the professional status of class is enhanced was fully recognised.

The meeting welcomed the many technical measures initiated by IACS following the "Erika" incident to further strengthen survey and transfer of class procedures and to investigate compliance with the IACS quality procedures.  However, the need for a change in thinking on the part of all interests - shipowners, shipyards, charterers and others, including flag states - as well as class was fully accepted by the meeting.

In particular, the meeting addressed the need for:

** Better Transparency:  It was agreed to identify areas where greater transparency and communication were considered necessary and to address obstacles to those ends.

** Better Investigative Procedures, both internal and external:  In this connection it was recognised that internal investigations must not only be effective but be seen to be effective.  As regards casualty investigations, the failure of some flag states to report, or in some cases even conduct,