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Wednesday, October 17, 2018


The ninth meeting of INTERTANKO’s Asian Regional Panel took place in Tokyo on 6 March under the chairmanship of Mr. K.H. Koo Group Chairman of Tai Chong Cheang Steamship Co. (H.K.) Ltd.   A total of 34 senior shipping executives were present at the meeting including representatives from Class NK, Japanese Shipowners’ Association, and Petroleum Industry Marine Association of Japan (PIMA), to discuss the INTERTANKO work programme, current regional and international tanker issues.

The Japanese members has nominated Mr Takaaki Tamura, Director, Tanker Group Leader of Iino Kaiun Kaisha, Ltd. as Vice-Chairman of the Asian Regional Panel.  This election will be presented to the Council in Sydney on 25 April for endorsement.

Dr Peter Swift presented a market report.  A copy of this presentation is available, please e-mail to Minerva Alfonso  Dr Swift also gave an overview of INTERTANKO’s current activities and business plan with a particular emphasis on developments in the European Union and the IMO.

INTERTANKO’s Asia Representative Ms. Minerva Alfonso, reported on the current regional issues.  A summary is available upon request, please email

The report includes:


  • Port State Control – Tokyo MOU
  • Vetting by independent oil terminals in Singapore
  • Amendment to Singapore's bunkering procedure
  • Underkeel clearance in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore
  • Charges and dues on SBT tankers and implemented of IMO Resolution A.747 (18) in the port of Singapore
  • Master-Pilot Passage Plan in Singapore
  • Piracy

The joint Work Improvement Team to study the feasibility of providing the shipmaster with a passage plan prior to the vessel's arrival at the pilot boarding ground has been established by the Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA).  The team would consist of representatives from PSA Marine Pte Ltd, INTERTANKO and MPA.  The team was established as a follow-up from discussions at the 46th Session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Safety of Navigation, Item 15 - Training and Certification of Maritime Pilots and in particular Master-Pilot Exchange issue.  Singapore (MPA) supported INTERTANKO and other industry organisations in the proposal to introduce passage planning, to be given by the pilotage service provider in advance to shipmasters.  MPA further agrees with INTERTANKO that such early exchange of information between master and pilot would enhance the safety of navigation for vessels calling at Singapore.  The target implementation date for the pilot project is in May 2001. 

INTERTANKO’s Asian Regional Panel has drafted a recommendation to governments on Piracy which was endorsed by the Executive Committee in Brussels on 5 February 2001.  The draft will be presented to the Council for approval at the Sydney Tanker Event, 22-25 April 2001.  For a copy of the recommendation, please contact Minerva Alfonso