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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

INTERTANKO’s Chairman visits Asian members

The Association’s Chairman, Stephen Van Dyck, this week met members in Shanghai and Singapore. In Shanghai a reception was held on 19 May 2004 at the Four Season’s Hotel for our members in China and the maritime community in Shanghai. A broad spectrum of the maritime industry in China was present. K.H. Koo, the Association’s Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Asian Regional Panel, gave a warm welcome to all attendees.

In his address Van Dyck emphasised that INTERTANKO is acutely aware that Asia - and China in particular - is of critical importance to the shipping industry as well as to INTERTANKO. He went on to explain that during his first year as chairman he would be on a fact-finding mission to listen to members’ concerns and thoughts on the direction and strategy that the Association should adopt. Van Dyck also highlighted the value of partnerships, noting the partnership that INTERTANKO has had for a number of years with the US Coast Guard. He hopes that a similar partnership can be forged with the Maritime and Safety Administration in China. In conclusion, he reaffirmed the Association’s commitment to the region.

The following day in Singapore the Chairman held a meeting with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and took the opportunity to thank the MPA for its good cooperation with the Association and its work in ensuring high standards in the bunker supply industry and improving the safety of navigation for vessels arriving in Singapore. The Chairman went on to host a reception at Raffles Hotel, Singapore, which attracted a large gathering of the local maritime community. The theme of his speech was advancing tanker safety through technology.

Contact: John Fawcett-Ellis