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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Asian Regional Panel and INTERTANKO Tokyo Seminar focus on key issues

This week INTERTANKO’s Chairman Stephen Van Dyck attended the 16th meeting of the Association’s Asian Regional Panel in Tokyo, chaired by K. Yoshida of K Line, hosts of the events of the day.

Van Dyck emphasised the importance of the Asian region to the shipping industry in general and to the Association in particular. He focused on the strength of the Round Table of international shipping associations and on the particular strengths of INTERTANKO. He reflected on the importance of the recent Tripartite discussions for ship standards as well as on issues such as port state control, penal sanctions and the current discussion of a possible revision to the regime governing liability and compensation for oil spills.

Dr Peter Swift, the Association’s Managing Director, focused on some of the key issues discussed at the Association’s Council meeting in Amsterdam. He emphasised what the Association is doing to ensure a responsible, sustainable and respected industry which is able to influence its own destiny. The breadth of the INTERTANKO programme was shown as its work extends from class common rules, to its terminal vetting database, to European lobbying activities. Regional Manager & General Counsel, John Fawcett-Ellis, reported on the many activities in the region this year, including the progress that the Association has made in increasing its membership in China. Looking ahead to 2005 he foresaw a continuing drive to increase the activities of the Association in the region.

The Panel also addressed the important issue of the possible revision to the International regime for liability and compensation for oil spills. The Association strongly supports the existing regime and the substantial modifications that have already been put in place. It is opposed to a re-opening of the conventions which would open up for discussion the whole issue of liability for spills, not just for shipowners but for other responsible parties engaged in the energy transportation business.

Following the Panel meeting INTERTANKO held a seminar and a reception for members and guests. The seminar, chaired by Stephen Van Dyck, included a number of presentations by the INTERTANKO team of Peter Swift, Dragos Rauta, Erik Ranheim and John Fawcett-Ellis covering political issues, technical issues, the dynamic tanker market and security in the Straits of Malacca & Singapore. Roger Holt gave a summary of the activities of INTERTANKO’s sister organisation INTERCARGO. These presentations may be downloaded here.

The Chairman, Managing Director and Regional Manager spent the rest of the week visiting members and key contacts in the shipping industry in Tokyo. Meetings were also held with the Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport and the Japanese Shipowners’ Association.

Contact:John Fawcett-Ellis