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Thursday, April 19, 2018

THE ASSOCIATE MEMBERS COMMITTEE MEETS IN LONDON

The AMC gathered on 23 October for its semi-annual meeting and covered a more comprehensive agenda than that of previous meetings.

The Associate Members Committee (AMC) gathered in London on 23 October for its semi-annual meeting. The agenda was more comprehensive than that of previous meetings as nearly all delegates had contributed issues from their business environments, as previously agreed. It can be viewed on INTERTANKO’s web site at: http://www.intertanko.com/pubupload/Associ-Agend-AMC-agenda--10--Lond1.doc,

 

The draft minutes will be available imminently; however, some of the main issues are highlighted below:

 

It was decided that the AMC should make a statement to the Tripartite meeting planned for 8-9 November 2002 in Shanghai, where representatives from builders, Class and shipowners’ industry organisations, including INTERTANKO, will be present.

 

ExxonMobil’s efforts to deal more efficiently with demurrage claims brought interesting proposals aimed at establishing an industry standard whereby the collection of relevant supporting documents would be shortened and payment routines with charterers would be expedited.

 

Discussions on the status of e-com chartering again concluded that the established methods do not appear challenged as they are still proving to be the most effective in a market of quick fluctuations.

 

One representative gave an interesting overview of the utilisation of spill contractors and focused on the importance of disseminating to the tanker operators that a wide body of expertise is available both from governments and private contractors. It can be expected that official and private expertise will work more closely together in the future.

 

The insurance industry will call for a thorough discussion on coverage for terrorist attacks. Class is still searching for criteria on how to aid the security processes as, for instance, IMO is not currently debating issues relevant to the Limburg incident in its current regulatory process. Shipbrokers found they could do rather little to enhance the safety of ships on the high seas as the free circulation of ships’ positions appeared necessary for a smooth fixing process in the spot market. The port agents in US ports are directly affected by the consequences of the new regulations for vessels, and in particular the issues related to visas and additional requirements applicable to certain nations. Their effective handling of documentation is vital to minimise the time loss which might otherwise easily occur. From the owners’ side, it was commented that owners would need to intensify the vigilance of their onboard crews to challenge any person seeking onboard access.

 

The shipyard representative on AMC gave an interesting presentation on the quality criteria in the shipbuilding process in particular with regard to a possible extension of guarantees. INTERTANKO will endeavour to make as much as possible of the said presentation available to members.

 

The screening of applications for associate membership went smoothly. One incomplete application (no indication of a quality certification and no references given) was left pending additional information.

 

Contact: Gunnar A. Knudsen, mailto:gunnar.knudsen@intertanko.com