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Sunday, December 17, 2017

INTERTANKO's Council meets in Dubai 29-30 March.

The Council has elected Stephen Van Dyck as new Chairman of INTERTANKO replacing Lars Carlsson who had served a maximum term of three years as Chairman. Lars Carlsson was nominated as Honorary Member of INTERTANKO by the Council. INTERTANKO's Council expressed great appreciation for the excellent efforts Carlsson had undertaken on behalf of the membership and for the time he had devoted to INTERTANKO to the benefit of all members and the industry at large.

INTERTANKO's two Vice Chairmen K.H. Koo and Otto Fritzner and remaining Executive Committee members were all re-elected.  Patrick Decavele was elected as a new member of INTERTANKO’s Executive Committee and was also confirmed in his position as Chairman of the newly established INTERTANKO European Reference Group.

Dean Tseretopolous was elected Chairman of ISTEC replacing Dr. Nikos Mikelis. Iain Shaw was elected Chairman of the Associate Member Committee replacing Arve Ustgård. John Einar Dalsvåg was elected Chairman of the INTERTANKO Offshore Tanker Committee (formerly Shuttle Tanker Committee) replacing Øyvind Larsen.

On the subject if ship recycling, the Council agreed that INTERTANKO members in the future should have and maintain an inventory of hazardous materials on their ships starting from the new-building stage. The Council also approved INTERTANKO’s support for development of a White List of recycling yards through the IMO.

Protection of the international oil pollution liability and compensation regime was high on the agenda and the Council discussed INTERTANKO’s policy in the on-going discussions regarding a possible revision of the regime.

The implementation of the maritime security regime, and the various concerns with different facets, were discussed and recognised for their importance as the July 1st deadline fast approaches.

Finally, there was a wide ranging discussion on improving the quality of substandard oil transportation whose few incidents make the whole industry vulnerable, and initiatives that could be taken to address remaining problems with operating to proper standards. This discussion covered items ranging from flag state actions (including possible future flag membership criteria) to commercial incentives for quality operations.

 

Contact:  Svein Ringbakken