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Friday, April 20, 2018

REPORT FROM INTERTANKO'S ASIAN REGIONAL PANEL MEETING IN TOKYO

The 11th meeting of INTERTANKO’s Asian Regional Panel took place in Tokyo on 31 January under the chairmanship of Mr. K.H. Koo, Group Chairman of Tai Chong Cheang Steamship Co. (H.K.) Ltd. A total of 27 senior shipping executives including guest-of-honour Mr Zhang Wen Tao, Executive Vice President of UNIPEC Beijing, were present at the meeting to discuss INTERTANKO’s work programme, and current regional and international tanker issues.

Mr K.H. Koo's welcome remarks were followed by a presentation on the tanker market by the INTERTANKO Chairman, Mr. Lars Carlsson. A lively discussion and question/answer session followed, in which UNIPEC representatives actively participated. In addition, Mr Carlsson also gave a brief outline of his vision for the Association in the coming years.

INTERTANKO’s Asia Representative, Ms. Minerva Alfonso, reported on the current regional issues which 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.
  • Bunkering issues and recommendations from the INTERTANKO Bunker Sub-committee to further amend CP60, in particular, the practice of “air-blowing”
  • Piracy - updates on action items
  • Marine Electronic Highway (MEH) Project, in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore

INTERTANKO's Managing Director, Dr Peter Swift, gave a verbal report on the Association’s Work Programme for the coming year and on organizational developments. This included highlights of the Safety and Technical programmes including the current initiatives with Classification Societies, on Newbuilding Standards and on Cargo Emissions, as well as the continuing work on bunker quality and other issues. Also covered were the principal concerns of tanker owners in the environmental arena, commercial concerns related to charter parties, late and non payment of freight and demurrage, and insurance. Topical issues such as ship and port security, ship recycling, and safe transit of the Bosporous were also discussed.

Mr Kristian Fuglesang, INTERTANKO's Assistant Director reported on current INTERTANKO activities in Europe.

Click here to view the full agenda notes for the Asian Regional Panel Meeting

Copies of the presentations can be viewed on this web site at INTERTANKO presentations

A well attended reception followed the meeting of the Asian Regional Panel. This gave the Chairman, Lars Carlsson, an opportunity to meet a number of senior representatives of the Japanese shipping community, including most of the INTERTANKO member companies, a number of oil companies' tanker subsidiaries, shipbrokers, the Japanese Shipowners' Association, the Japan Tanker Owners' Association, The Petroleum Industry Marine Association of Japan (PIMA), The Shipbuilders' Association of Japan, the International Association of Ports and Harbors, Class NK, and Japan Shipping Exchange were also present at the reception.

The Chairman also had a meeting with Mr. Yasuhide Sakinaga, President of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha and President of both the Japanese Shipowners' Association and the Japan Tanker Owners' Association. INTERTANKO has had a good cooperation with these two Associations over several years, and ways of further enhancing this were discussed. The INTERTANKO team also suggested closer proximity between the Asian Shipowners' Federation and INTERTANKO.

In addition the Chairman had meetings with directors of NYK, Mitsui O.S.K. and Tokyo Marine and had an interesting exchange of views with the immediate past chairman of IACS, Mr. Masataka Hidaka of Class NK. Mr. Carlsson also paid a visit to Idemitsu Tankers.

Members of the INTERTANKO secretariat including Peter Swift and Capt Howard Snaith continued INTERTANKO's ongoing discussions with the secretariat of the Tokyo MoU (the organisation for the Port State Control authorities of the Pacific) at their offices in central Tokyo, covering i.a. greater transparency, Port State Control appeals procedures, targeting matrix and naming of charterers of detained vessels.

Contact: Minerva R. Alfonso, minerva.alfonso@intertanko.com