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Monday, December 11, 2017

News from the Associate Members’ Committee (AMC) meeting

A broad and topical agenda was taken on at this week’s meeting of the AMC Committee in London.

The Port Representative advised on the continued security work in the Port of Rotterdam including focus on maintaining the important standards and high level of vigilance which were reached for initial compliance with the ISPS Code. Work is under way to create an over-arching Port Security Plan during the course of 2005. Such a plan could become mandatory within the European Union by early 2006.

The AMC Secretary relayed the experiences of INTERTANKO members on Maritime Security and introduced the 3 submissions to MSC79 (see Weekly NEWS No. 41 of 8 October 2004 ). Several committee members commended the U.S. Coast Guard for its pragmatic attitude to ships which may have lacked the final certificate but which were otherwise operating according to an approved Ship Security Plan. This had helped considerably to keep trade flowing without compromising general security aspects.

The Port Agent Representative submitted to the meeting highly relevant and interesting comments related to how the work in ports has been affected by the ISPS Code/MTSA (Maritime Transport Security Act). Time demands at MARSEC Level 1 have risen by some 15% on ship and shore and affect port authorities, terminals, agents, class and local vendors. Port agents’ time demands will further increase by another 10-15% at Level 2, but will decrease significantly at Level 3 with no vessel movement.

The agenda dealt with the work of revising the Consolidated Maritime Labour Standards Convention (ILO), and presented the key issues. Click here to view the presented document and an ILO Press Release.

The AMC Chairman presented the new structure of the BP Distance Tables including their history, background and new format. A substantial revision of distances has recently been carried out. The observation of environmental restrictions, IMO regulations and revised shipping lanes introduced by littoral states have caused deviations which, particularly on short runs, can extend voyages by a substantial percentage. The new electronic tables will be adopted by the Worldscale Association as from 1 January 2005.

A presentation was given by the Class Representative to introduce the general ideas behind the Common Rules for Tankers. The information was based on the joint ABS, LR and DNV proposals for tankers in excess of 150m LOA.

An overview of the situation regarding port reception facilities in European Union (EU) countries dealt with availability, cost of collection and processing and the fee structure. The mandatory use of discharge to shore facilities despite adequate onboard incineration still presents a problem. EU countries have still not achieved a level playing field for regulations for treatment plants and for user fees, nor the identification of possible exemptions.

The P&I Representative gave a presentation on the collection of data on Manning Levels onboard various types and sizes of ships. No final conclusions were drawn from the presented data but very substantial variations were evident in the number of ratings/officers, irrespective of the size of the ships in question.

The committee currently has 8 regular members and is looking for new representatives for the Oil Companies and for Shipyards.

Contact:Gunnar A. Knudsen