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** INTERTANKO North American Panel - 23 October 2003, WashingtonD.C.

The INTERTANKO North American Panel (NAP) will hold its 14th meeting on Thursday, 23 October 2003 at the offices of Troutman Sanders LLP, WashingtonDC.

Mr. Derek Solon and Mr. Klaus Fimmel from Poten & Partners Inc. will join the NAP to give presentations and answer questions about the outlook for the tanker market.

Committee members who have not yet registered their participation are reminded to contact: Donna Tang-de Leon


** Do you value your reputation?Anyone still interested to join can still sign up for the INTERTANKO Media Awareness Training - 24 October 2003, Athens

The ability to provide public information in the event of a pollution incident, in other words deal with the media, is a legal requirement under OPA 90. But, even more importantly, a company without a media response capability is a company without the power to protect its reputation. If your reputation is compromised it may be harder or even impossible to employ your ships on first class business.

In the event of TV cameras arriving at your office, will you be able to persuade the media that you are a responsible operator? For example, charterers no longer want to be left standing on the beach explaining why they, a big oil company with a big name, are associated with any accident or oil spill.

The inability to provide an effective media response may damage your business interests. Additionally, the image of the tanker sector has suffered for years as time and again some owners fail to provide an effective public explanation of their part in an accident. Nobody knows more about a ship involved in a casualty than the owner or manager. Yet consistently there is a failure to address communications issues head on. The head-in-the-sand technique does not work. The consequences are an industry repeatedly in the dock and under attack from regulators.

What can you do at a company level?

Firstly ensure that you are trained, that you understand what the issues are and how the media work as well as having an understanding of media response techniques.

This four-hour course is a vital introduction to the realities of media response in a changing world.

The course will be led by MTI Director, Nicholas Brown, Director of the communications, public relations and incident response specialist MTI.

Date:                  24 October 2003
Cost:                  USD 575 per person.

Venue:                Chandris (Hellas) Inc’s office, 95 Akti Miaouli Street, Piraeus, Greece

Click here to find more information on the course contents and for registration.

Contact: Clarice Tan, telephone +47 22 12 26 64


** INTERTANKO to host Tanker Chartering Seminars - 3 & 5 November 2003, Singapore and Hong Kong, China

Drawing on the strengths and expertise of its Documentary Committee, INTERTANKO will host two one-day international seminars on tanker chartering, on 3 November in Singapore and on 5 November in Hong Kong, China. The seminars will focus on: Shipowners’ Liabilities – the aftermath of “Erika” and “Prestige” and New Developments and Dangers in Tanker Chartering. They will be chaired by Mr John Lean of Botany Bay Parcel Tankers Pte Ltd, Chairman of INTERTANKO’s Documentary Committee, with the following team of speakers: Prof. Martin Davies, TulaneMaritimeLawCenter; Mr John Fawcett-Ellis, INTERTANKO, Asia; Mr William Honan, Haight Gardner Holland & Knight; Mr Tean Lim, Rajah & Tann; and Mr Stephen Martin, The Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association.

The seminar will include sessions on:

  • “What’s New in New York
  • “A very dynamic business” – A review of some recent changes in tanker chartering law and practice
  • The Erika – presentation of the video prepared by ITOPF and the Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Ltd followed by “Oil pollution & compensation – initiatives for changing the present international regime”
  • “Well it wasn’t me” - Charterers’ liability for oil pollution
  • War risks and exclusions – vessel and port security initiatives, liability and clauses
  • Case studies based on recent English and American arbitration awards and court decisions
  • “INTERTANKO Chartering clauses – Don’t be a hostage to fortune”

The speakers are all experts in their respective fields and participants are assured of a seminar that both updates on the latest issues and provides practical guidance. To view the programmes and to register for these seminars please click on the links below:

Singapore Chartering Seminar – 3 November

Hong Kong Chartering Seminar – 5 November

Any enquiries should be addressed to: Ann Saether


** INTERTANKO Bunker Sub-Committee - 6 November 2003, London

The 12th meeting of the INTERTANKO Bunker Sub-Committee will be held at the new premises of INTERTANKO’s London office.

Please click here to download a copy of the agenda items

Committee members should register their participation with: Donna Tang-de Leon


** Maritime Safety Seminar on double hull oil tankers –7 November 2003, Brussels

The European Commission is organising a one-day seminar in Brussels on 7 November 2003. Attendance is strictly restricted. Dr Nikos Mikelis, ISTEC Chairman; INTERTANKO MD Peter Swift and Technical Director Dragos Rauta have been invited and will attend.

The seminar will cover:

- Critical aspects of DH structural design and operation

- Construction and assessment issues

- Operation and maintenance of double hulls

- Inspection, detection and survey issues

- Research efforts on DH structural design

Contact: Dragos Rauta


** Mare Forum Conference entitled ‘Ménage à trois’ –17-18 November 2003, Amsterdam at the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

"I don't trust any shipowners!" - said a representative of a major charterer at a recent Mare Forum Quality Shipping . It seemed a sad commentary of our times that a contractual relationship could be entered into in such an atmosphere of mutual suspicion.

But there is a great deal of mistrust about. Regulators routinely pass "catch-all" legislation because they are unable to reliably discriminate between those operators who can be trusted to retain their quality approach, and the few rogues. The owner retorts that the regulators are incompetent, or are merely serving up new rules to satisfy politicians who want to demonstrate that they have a finger on the button. Charterers use weather routeing services, not to primarily ensure a smooth passage, but to employ "hindcasts" after the event; to check up on the weather that the master logged. They wouldn't dream of trusting a professional shipmaster to tell the truth.

Mistrust therefore transmits itself right across the industry … in an age where liabilities are increasing rapidly, when nobody dares do anything without their lawyer being present and a blame culture prevails.
If the quality shipping initiative is to progress, trust between the parties involved must be restored and the purpose of this conference will be to devise a blueprint for the restoration of trust and the reduction of suspicion between the partners in this ménage à trois of shipowners, regulators and charterers/shippers/ cargo owners.

Please click here for more information on the Mare Forum Conference


** International Seminar on Spill Preparedness, Response and Compensation – 3 December 2003, Singapore

ITOPF is organising a one-day seminar on Wednesday, 3 December in Singapore, with the assistance of INTERTANKO. The seminar will address various topical issues related to preparing for and responding to accidental spills of oil and other substances from ships. Liability and compensation issues will also be addressed. Attendance will be open to representatives of central and local government, oil companies, shipping companies, P&I Club correspondents, law firms, salvage companies, oil spill clean-up companies, environmental groups and academic institutions.

Attendance at the Seminar will be free of charge, including a light buffet lunch.

Details of this and other events can be found on the ITOPF website