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Thursday, July 19, 2018

WORKSHOP ON VETTING PROCESSES FOR TRANSPORT OF CHEMICALS IN BERLIN 27-31 OCOTBER

The 28th European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) Logistics Meeting took place 27-31 October in Berlin. With the theme of 'Moving Chemicals: Urgent Need for further progress' the conference examined the importance of change in the way the petrochemical business conduct their supply chain management.

On 29 October, Michael Buerk, BBC London moderated a workshop dedicated to safety at sea with focus on vetting procedures. The workshop examined whether there was room for improvement and, if so, how. The main points raised by the Chairman of INTERTANKO's Vetting Committee, Lars Mossberg included i.a.:

  • The need to build confidence between charterers and owners and increased transparency to overcome mistrust from charterers , authorities and the general public
  • The need to approach the problems on an industry basis as opposed to a sectorised approach
  • The need to develop a closer cooperation with CDI and SIRE
  • The need for basing decisions on facts rather than expediency and for a method of providing factual information from accidents or incidents
  • The question of ships age as a single or stand alone criteria for quality as recently highlighted by the Korean Registry's decision not to accept vessels over 20 years.

Contact: for details Howard Snaith