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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

BALTIC STATES FOCUS ON SINGLE HULL TANKERS

Denmark is to press for an evaluation of the use of single-hulled tankers in certain parts of the Baltic Sea.

In an intervention during the opening session of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee, Denmark noted two recent accidents that took place in the Danish strait both involving oil tankers. Supported by Sweden and Germany, Denmark explained that in both cases the tankers were double-hulled and that this fact ensured that oil release was prevented during the grounding incident, and that the amount of cargo loss was limited during the collision incident. The delegate from Denmark also noted that a third incident had taken place in the same area in the last 24 hours (30.05.01). On this occasion a double-hulled tanker grounded, again with no loss of cargo.

INTERTANKO is concerned that so many accidents are taking place in the same area, begging the question as to the accuracy of navigational charts for the area and indeed the navigational aids.

The Baltic States will be meeting in September to look into the matter of ship safety in the region. It is expected that Denmark will press for an evaluation of the use of single-hulled tankers in certain parts of the Baltic Sea. In addition, Denmark intends to recommend mandatory pilotage onboard “all” vessels transmitting the Danish strait.