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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

INTERTANKO’s Asian Regional Panel meets in Shanghai

The Association’s commitment to Asia and its focus on China was further evidenced when on 25 February 2004 its Asian Regional Panel under the chairmanship of Mr KH Koo, Tai Chong Cheang Steamship Co. (HK) Ltd, met in Shanghai. Some 25 senior executives gathered for this key meeting. The attendance of senior executives from Chinese tanker operators: Cosco Dalian, China Shipping and Nanjing Tanker Corporation was much appreciated. The strengthening of links between these companies and INTERTANKO is very positive. Also attending were the Panel’s Vice-Chairman, Mr T Tamura, Iino Lines, Tokyo, and Mr JH Lee from SK Shipping,.

The meeting featured presentations by Mr Peter Murray and Mr John Lin from the international law firm, Ince & Co which looked at the developments in maritime law and practice in China. A further presentation was made by Mr KP Suen from Braemar Seascope’s Shanghai office. Here the focus was on the tanker industry in China including charterers, operators and terminals as well as yard capacity.

The Association’s Managing Director, Dr Peter Swift, updated the Panel on the Association’s recent developments and key issues. Heading the list of issues is the on-going discussions on the revisions to the international oil spill liability and compensation regime, where a strong voice for tanker operators is called for. The Association’s terminal vetting database was also highlighted, now with some 5,000 entries. This is fast becoming an important tool that the Association can use to identity aspects of terminal facilities and operations that fall below acceptable standards. Finally, a warm welcome was extended to panel members and guests to attend the forthcoming Tanker Event in Dubai.

INTERTANKO’s Regional Manager, Mr John Fawcett-Ellis, emphasised the commitment of the Asia office to China with the strengthening of relations with Chinese tanker operators and the building of partnerships with the maritime authorities.

The next meeting of the Asian Regional panel is planned for Tokyo in November 2004.

Contact: John Fawcett-Ellis