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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

INTERTANKO MEETINGS IN CHINA AND JAPAN THIS WEEK

Subsequent to the Council meeting in September and meetings with Japanese members requesting INTERTANKO to develop communication links with the maritime community in China, the INTERTANKO Chairman, Mr Westye Høegh together with Executive Committee Vice-Chairman and Asian Regional Panel Chairman, Mr K.H. Koo, had courtesy meetings in Beijing this week. They were accompanied by Svein Ringbakken and Minerva Alfonso from INTERTANKO.

Mr Hu Jing Lu, Director-General, Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Communications informed that although INTERTANKO has no members in mainland China, the Chinese maritime community are familiar with INTERTANKO’s activities.  He stressed that safe transport and cleaner seas are aims that the Chinese maritime community and INTERTANKO have in common and China has ratified twenty IMO Conventions relating to maritime pollution prevention. On behalf of the Ministry of Communications, Mr Hu reiterated that they looked forward to further developing a cooperation with INTERTANKO and welcomed future meetings to exchange ideas of mutual concern.

A productive meeting took place with Mr Chen Tonghai, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sinopec Corp. and Vice President of China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec Corp.).  Sinopec specializes in petroleum exploration and production, refining, chemicals and oil product marketing, and is the largest integrated energy and chemical company in China.  An informal meeting also took place with the China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO).  The INTERTANKO delegation met Capt. Wei Jiafu, Group President & CEO who expressed his appreciation for INTERTANKO’s visit and COSCO’s interest in the activities of the Association.  COSCO, established in 1961, has grown from a small company, with four ships of 22,600 deadweight tons, into one of the largest shipping companies with a deadweight tonnage of 17 million.

In Tokyo, INTERTANKO’s Chairman also had constructive meetings with Japanese members.  This was followed by a reception at the Norwegian Embassy attended by both Japanese members and the local maritime community.