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Friday, September 21, 2018

REPORT FROM INTERTANKO'S NORTH AMERICAN PANEL MEETING IN WASHINGTON DC

INTERTANKO's North American Panel (NAP) met in Washington DC on 11 September. The panel meeting, chaired by Richard du Moulin, had to be moved from its original location due to the security threat against Federal buildings in Washington DC, but was subsequently held at an alternative location.

The meeting was divided into four main sections: Review of the tanker market, Presentation and discussion of INTERTANKO's general work programme, Detailed review and discussion of INTERTANKO's US work programme and a review of administrative issues.

Jeff Goetz of Poten & Partners and INTERTANKO's Erik Ranheim gave a report on the market outlook, which was followed by a round-table discussion on the market situation. Their respective presentations are available from INTERTANKO

Contact: Svein Ringbakken LegalandDocumentary@intertanko.com 

INTERTANKO's Chairman, Mr. Lars Carlsson, told the Panel that INTERTANKO's efforts to promote quality were crucial and that this would be the main focus under his chairmanship.

NAP members also received an update on INTERTANKO's general work programme by Managing Director Peter Swift, who outlined INTERTANKO's efforts in the IMO and in the EU as well as highlighting the Association’s concerns with regard to the principal issues related to the Virgo case, which INTERTANKO is monitoring closely.

INTERTANKO's US legal counsel Jonathan Benner gave an update on the Association’s work in Washington DC and particularly pointed to continued concerns with regard to individual states' activity potentially undercutting Federal USCG programmes. He also outlined INTERTANKO’s work with regard to ballast water management and air emission issues.

Please click here for a copy of Mr. Benner's report

Waterways management issues and INTERTANKO's efforts in this regard were covered by Mr. Bill Gray.

Meetings with the United States Coast Guard, LISCR and ExxonMobil

An INTERTANKO delegation consisting of the Chairman, Lars Carlsson, NAP Chairman Richard du Moulin, MD Peter Swift and staff met Admiral Pluta's staff to introduce the new team and to share tanker owners’ concerns with the US Coast Guard. The group also met USCG Commandant Adm. Loy.

Against the background of a long standing and constructive co-operation and partnership on issues relating to tanker safety and environmental protection, the meeting reviewed issues of particular concern to tanker owners. INTERTANKO registered concerns with regard to state activity on spill response issues and expressed its support for the USCG efforts in this field. INTERTANKO also registered concerns with regard to proper flag state involvement in accident investigations. Encouragement was given in relation to the US Coast Guard's waterways management issues and the Qualship 21 programme. Some practical and principal input on the results of the Qualship programme were given.

Liberian International Ship and Corporate Register (LISCR)

INTERTANKO representatives also met CEO Yoram Cohen and his colleagues at LISCR in Vienna Virginia for an open and cordial exchange on a range of issues. LISCR informed that:

- 30% of the oil transported to US is by tankers under Liberian flag

- LISCR is supportive to transparency and their inspectors do check the results of Class inspections

- Although not on the list of "qualified" Flags, LISCR supports QUALSHIP21

- LISCR would support a general effort to enforce MARPOL Annex VI

- LAN ISM Code initiative will be supported by LISCR only as far as an annual audit is concerned

ExxonMobil

The INTERTANKO delegation also met ExxonMobil in Fairfax Virginia to discuss tanker industry issues and to expand the scope of topics that would be subject to dialogue. Matters such as chartering forms and terms as well as industry efforts with regard to demurrage payments were natural subjects in view of the  commercial focus of the Fairfax based organisation. The new emphasis in the ExxonMobil vetting system was also discussed:

The new vetting system will allocate score on three main areas: owner, ship and cargo+voyage. As far as type of cargo is concerned, there would be different expectations from ships carrying gasoline than from those carrying heavy fuel cargo. The nature and location of the voyage would also require different approaches on the requirements for the tankers one would select.

Contact:  Svein Ringbakken LegalandDocumentary@intertanko.com