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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

INTERTANKO urges withdrawal of Italian decree

In a letter to the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport INTERTANKO has urged withdrawal of the decree of 15 April 2003 which prohibits single-hulled tankers over 15 years carrying heavy grades of oil from calling Italian ports, off-shore terminals and national anchorage sites.

In a letter to the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport INTERTANKO has registered its concern regarding thedecree of 15 April 2003 which prohibits single-hulled tankers over 15 years carrying heavy grades of oil from calling Italian ports, off-shore terminals and national anchorage sites.

The letter states that although the Association sympathizes with the underlying aim of restricting the carriage of more pollutant cargoes to vessels which may present a lower risk of pollution in the event of an accident, there are some undesirable implications.

Putting an arbitrary age limitation on ships causes particular concern for tankers owners, independent of whether they operate single- or double-hulled tonnage. Age alone is not a major quality criterion. A well maintained old ship is likely to be of higher  quality than a neglected young ship. Limiting the age of any ship may discourage an owner from investing in quality and robustness when ordering a new ship, and may act as a disincentive to maintaining the asset in later life.

The letter states that INTERTANKO considers this action to be in contravention of Italy’s obligations as a party to the MARPOL Convention and suggests that implementation of this decree would require denouncement by Italy of that convention.

It also stresses that national or regional regulations of shipping carry with them the inherent risk of diluting the work in the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), which is the appropriate body for consideration of measures to regulate shipping.

Finally, INTERTANKO urges the withdrawal of this decree.

Contact: Peter Swift