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Thursday, September 20, 2018


The Asia-Pacific Terminals open forum in Melbourne was chaired by Ed Barsingerhorn from Shell Singapore and was also attended by other oil majors’ representatives based in Asia-Pacific.

Comprehensive presentations on Ballast Water Management were given by two speakers: Mr Alan H. Taylor of Alan H. Taylor & Associates, who gave a good overview on suggested designs to facilitate improved management and treatment of ballast water on new and existing ships, and Mr Adrian Broadbent from Lloyd’s Register, who gave a presentation on LR’s Ballast Water Management Study and Procedures. Mr Taylor’s presentation was based on a report published by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry Australia. Copies can be obtained through the AFFA website:

INTERTANKO’s Asia Representative Minerva Alfonso gave a presentation on the Piracy meeting in Kuala Lumpur (see also below article) and recent developments, and suggested further discussions with OCIMF on possible areas where the two associations could cooperate.

INTERTANKO members raised a number of vetting and SIRE issues which are also high on the INTERTANKO Vetting Committee agenda. Questions on the quality and standard of some of the terminals in the region were also raised.

OCIMF reported on the following issues among others:

* STS operations - OCIMF’s Ports and Terminals Committee agreed to Chevron and BP undertaking to compare current STS procedures with the OCIMF guidelines and the needs of member companies. Particular areas of concern included: Personnel transfer between vessels; quality and longevity of fenders and qualifications, experience and responsibilities of the lightering master.

* SPM operations and shipboard fittings – issues on shipboard fittings used by vessels mooring at both SPM and FPSO installations were addressed and recommendations included certification and testing of all relevant mooring equipment, particularly that on board tankers such as chainstoppers. The PTC felt that this may be impractical, but agreed that a requirement for design accreditation and certification of equipment should be included in the SPM publications.

* INTERTANKO commented on OCIMF’s draft recommendations for Ship’s fittings for use with Tugs, (with particular reference to Escorting and other High Load operations). INTERTANKO felt that OCIMF had not given convincing reasons why this work had to be done on all ships. INTERTANKO pointed out that, there must be a number of failures on a number of ships, such that the frequency of failures (and the risks therefrom) would justify the measures proposed.