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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

INTERTANKO’s presents paper at Sydney Security Conference

INTERTANKO’s Regional Manager for Asia-Pacific, John Fawcett-Ellis presented a paper entitled “Security- the Reality” at the first day of the two day event Lloyd’s List Port and Maritime Security Conference held in Sydney. The Conference was a sell-out which had necessitated the organisers changing the venue.

Mr Fawcett-Ellis focussed his paper on aspects of maritime security that are not receiving the attention they deserve, namely, security of vessels in coastal waters and places of refuge. He emphasised that all seafarers have the right to feel secure when navigating in coastal waters without the fear of armed robbery or hijackings. Furthermore vessels in distress should be able to rely on port states to provide a place of refuge where salvage operations can be safely carried out. It was also emphasised that ship masters all to often face criminal prosecution for pollution even when their acts are unintentional and not even negligent. The current climate of revenge rather than compensation was criticised. Whilst the ISP Code was a good step forward it was by no means a panacea.

The paper included as examples the terrorist attack on the VLCC Limburg in October 2002 and the hijacking of the Alondra Rainbow in October 1999. Security in the Straits of Malacca was also focussed upon and a call was made for an international solution which would lead to an increase in patrols in the region.

The message given to delegates of the conference was that security matters, it matters for all, our seafarers and our ship operators and attention should now be focussed on achieving this. Security for our vessels and their crew and not of our vessels and crew.

A copy of presentation can be viewed here

Contact:John Fawcett-Ellis