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Wednesday, October 17, 2018


INTERTANKO notes in its submission to IMO that irrespective of whether a tanker accident involves an old tanker with questionable structural standard (Erika) or a new tanker with good structure and well equipped (Exxon Valdez), the proposed regulatory changes are of the same nature, i.e. single hull versus double hull design.

Double hulls would provide an improved limitation of the oil outflow from tanker accidents, but on the other hand, double hulls would not cure the root cause of the two accidents mentioned above, which was poor structural condition for Erika and unsafe navigation for Exxon Valdez.

INTERTANKO believes that further improvements to limit tanker accidents can be achieved only as a result of a joint effort among Owners, Class, Flag and Regulatory bodies. INTERTANKO calls upon important players such as IMO, IACS and Flag States to review their own responsibilities to contribute to an adequate regulatory improvement. Corrective action should be based on a proper accident investigation and a proper inspection of tankers.

Since it is clear that IMO will, however, seek an outcome defining specific dates for final phase-out of single hull tankers, INTERTANKO calls for a simple and straightforward scheme. Considering the political pressure, the numerous proposals and the possible impact new regulations would have on the transportation of oil at sea, INTERTANKO suggests that the entire phase-out to be gradually achieved between years 2010 and 2015.

Click here for a copy of the INTERTANKO submission to IMO/MEPC (Word document) and click here for a table summing up various proposals for complete phase-out of single hull tankers (Word document).

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