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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

BRUSSELS MEETING OF INTERTANKO’S EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

INTERTANKO’s Executive Committee met in Brussels on 5 February under the Chairmanship of Westye Høegh. The occasion was used for a well attended reception for representatives of the European Parliament, Council and Commission as well as for a number of other European contacts, at which Mr. Høegh shared some views on future regulations for the tanker industry and also introduced INTERTANKO’s new Managing Director, Peter Swift.

A meeting was also arranged with representatives of the European Commission where discussions centred around Double hull and CAS, Classification, Transparency, Vessel Inspections, Ports of Refuge, Liability for oil pollution compensation, bunker fuel quality and proposals for a European Maritime Safety Agency.

The Executive Committee had a comprehensive discussion of the proposals in the Erika II package, including proposals for a European monitoring, control and information system. Other aspects of the two packages, including the European Maritime Safety Agency, transparency, class, CAS  and oil spill compensation were also debated.

The Executive Committee endorsed a statement on Piracy which will be put forward to the Council meeting in Sydney in April for approval.

The Executive Committee also considered a number of administrative issues.