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Saturday, January 20, 2018

PROCEEDINGS OF THE COUNCIL MEETING

The main items considered were transparency, ratification of MARPOL Annex VI, the VOCON Operational Procedure and piracy. Lars Carlsson, INTERTANKO’s Chairman, was re-elected for a further year and a number of persons were elected as Chairmen or members of INTERTANKO’s committees. The applications for membership of three tanker owning companies with a registered overall fleet of 7 tankers aggregating 221,008 tons deadweight were approved as were the 13 applications for associate membership.

Transparency

The Council recognised and supported the need for transparency in tanker shipping and indeed in the entire shipping industry. The Council encouraged and supported initiatives aimed at ensuring that transparency is promoted to enhance the efficiency of tanker operations and provide value to the industry and benefits to the consumers and the environment.

Ratification of MARPOL Annex V1

INTERTANKO’s Council recognised the importance of addressing air pollution from tankers, both in terms of cargo emissions and engine exhausts. In this respect the Council urged that all countries should in the first instance adopt IMO’s MARPOL Annex VI Convention, before considering other specific rules to reduce or contain these emissions and even then only after various ongoing studies had been completed. The lack of enforcement could lead to the development of unilateral legislation at a national or regional level. These potential legislations could deviate from the standards promoted by MARPOL Annex VI with obvious consequences for ships. It was certainly not desirable (nor indeed practical) to have different emission standards established and enforced by different nations.

The Council also urged port states to regulate and control the quality of bunkers delivered to ships. In INTERTANKO’s view, this aspect is beyond the control of the shipowners and is an important measure not only to limit air pollution but also to prevent accidents arising from engine failures.

VOCON Operational Procedure

The Council endorsed ‘The VOCON Operational Procedure’ for the limitation of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions from cargo tanks during transportation and recommended that this be available onboard members’ vessels. The VOC emissions from cargo tanks during transportation may be significant and this proactive industry procedure is encouraged by legislators to further reduce VOC emissions.

Piracy

Whilst the apparent reduction in the overall number of piracy incidents worldwide was welcomed, the Council expressed concern at the lack and method of reporting some cases and the validity of the conclusions being drawn. Furthermore there was deep concern at the apparent increase in the number of highjackings and the severity of some of the armed attacks.

Elections and new INTERTANKO Committee Chairmen and members

Lars Carlsson, INTERTANKO’s Chairman was re-elected for another year.

Mr Stephan van Dyck, Maritrans Transporation Inc, was elected as a new member of the Executive Committee replacing Mr Erik Behn, A/S Dampskibsselskabet TORM, who retired from the Executive Committee having served for 8 years.

Mr Stefano Rosina, Premuda was elected as the new Chairman of the Communications and PR Committee.

The Council endorsed the restructuring of the Safety, Technical, Environmental Committee (ISTEC) into four groups headed by the following Vice-Chairmen:

Environmental: Dott Paolo d’Amico, d’Amico Soc di Navigazione SpA

Tanker Structures: C D Tseretopoulos, Thenamaris Ships Management Inc

Safety and Marine: Capt Mike Shucker, Ceres Hellenic Shipping Ent Ltd

Engineering: Hamish Cubbitt, Denholm Ship Management Ltd

Nils-Kristian Berge, Laurin Maritime (America) Inc, Stavros Daniolos, Minerva Marine Inc, Jens Eybächer, Rigel Schiffahrts GmbH & Co KG, Stefan Nystrom, Stolt Parcel Tankers Transportation Group Ltd, Henrik von Platen, Saudi Maritime Holding Co, were elected as new members of the Safety, Technical, Environmental Committee (ISTEC).

Patrick Slesinger, Wallem Shipmanagement Ltd, was elected as the new Chairman of the IT Committee.

Bengt Hermelin, Saudi Maritime Holding, was elected as the new Chairman of INTERTANKO’s Worldscale Committee.

Lars Modin, Stolt Nielsen European Ship Management, was elected as the new Vice Chairman of the Chemical Tanker Owners’ Advisory Group (CTOAG).

Gerard P. Oole, Rotterdam Municipal Port Management, and C. H. Park, Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd, were elected as new members of the Associate Members Committee.

Erik Donner, D/S Norden and Bernard Esmiol, Broström Tankers SA, were elected as new members of the Documentary Committee.

Olav Wiik, Navion, was elected as a new member of the Shuttle Tanker Committee.

New INTERTANKO Members

The INTERTANKO Council approved the applications for membership of the following three tanker owning companies with a registered overall fleet of 7 tankers aggregating 221,008 tons deadweight.

Bottiglieri di Navigazione
KG Fisser & v. Doornum GmbH & Co
Naess Shipping (Holland) BV

New INTERTANKO Associate Members:

The INTERTANKO Council approved the applications for associate membership of 13 companies:

Clyde & Co
Enterprise Oil
First International Corp
Marine Press of Can
Ole Schrøder & Co A/S
Rotterdam Municipal Port Authority
Rudolf A. Oetker
Samsung Heavy Industries
Seaport Agencies, S.A.
Sigma Coatings
Southern Marine as
Ulysses Systems
Western Petroleum S.A.