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Thursday, April 19, 2018

REPORT FROM INTERTANKO'S ASIAN REGIONAL PANEL MEETING IN SINGAPORE

The tenth meeting of INTERTANKO’s Asian Regional Panel took place in Singapore on 4 October under the chairmanship of Mr. K.H. Koo, Group Chairman of Tai Chong Cheang Steamship Co. (H.K.) Ltd.

A total of 37 senior shipping executives were present at the meeting to discuss the INTERTANKO work programme, both current regional and international tanker issues. Members welcomed Mr Takaaki Tamura of Iino Kaiun Kaisha, Ltd., who was attending for the first time in his capacity as Vice-Chairman of the Asian Regional Panel.

INTERTANKO’s Asia Representative, Ms. Minerva Alfonso, reported on the current regional issues. The report included:

  • Oil spill response in the region and recommendations by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore for INTERTANKO members to tie-up with oil spill response companies. This issue will be discussed at the Executive Committee meeting in Athens
  • Bunkering issues and recommendations from the INTERTANKO Bunker Sub-committee to further amend CP60, in particular, the practice of “air-blowing”
  • Successful implementation of the master-pilot exchange in Singapore
  • Piracy – future plan of action and strategy paper
  • Status of the development of vetting procedures by the independent terminals in Singapore
  • Updates on discussions with the MPA with regard to the charges and dues for SBT tankers - IMO Resolution A.747 (18).

INTERTANKO's Chairman, Mr. Lars Carlsson, made a brief presentation on his vision for the Association, and recognised the importance of Asia as a maritime region. He also acknowledged Asian members’ active participation in the consideration of regional issues and their contribution in progressing these issues.

Dr Swift gave an overview of INTERTANKO’s current activities and work programme with a particular emphasis on the developments in the European Union and in the IMO.

Comprehensive presentations were made by Mr Gao Wei-jie, Executive Vice President of the China Ocean Shipping (Group) Co. (COSCO), on the tanker market perspectives in China, and by Capt Robert Rayner, Managing Director of the International Development & Environmental Shipping School (IDESS), on training issues. (Copies of these presentations will be available shortly.)

The meeting was followed by a cocktail reception attended by over 100 senior executives including representatives from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, oil companies, Classification Societies, the Singapore Shipping Association and the Japan Association of Marine Safety.

Contact: Minerva R. Alfonso