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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

INTERTANKO MD tells countries participating in international regulation-making to practice what they preach

In a hard-hitting speech entitled ‘Conventional Wisdom – A Tanker Perspective’ given this week at BIMCO’s meeting in Barcelona, INTERTANKO MD Peter Swift emphasised that countries that participate in international regulation-making at IMO need to “walk the talk”.

The tanker industry has a good record of reducing oil spills, while at the same time increasing tonne-miles carried. But while legislation is still a necessity, it must be at an international level. However it would be wise to ratify and implement existing conventions before introducing new regulation, he said, pointing to a number of so far unratified conventions including MARPOL Annex VI(1997), OPRC-HNS Protocol (2000), HNS Convention (1996), Bunker Convention (2001), Antifouling Convention (2001), as well as to unfulfilled reception facility requirements and a woeful record of preparing for Places of Refuge . On many of these, the EU Transport Council has “encouraged” early ratification, but to date many European (and other) countries have failed to act. For countries faced with ‘walking the talk’, the solution lies in greater partnership, suggested Swift, with the responsible shipping industry working with politicians, regulators and legislators to ensure rational and effective measures rather than disjointed and often-irrelevant decision-making.

Click here to download Dr Swift’s speech

Contact: Peter Swift