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Thursday, December 14, 2017

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THE International Maritime Organization (IMO) is co-ordinating funding to help restore the battered maritime infrastructure in South East Asia where it has been damaged by the Indian Ocean tsunami.

IMO Secretary-General Efthimios Mitropoulos has written to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), as well as to the High Commissioners and Ambassadors of the affected countries to express the maritime community's sadness at the enormity of the disaster and to offer all available assistance in support of the wider UN efforts to bring aid and comfort to those in need.

To show that the maritime community can produce action as well as words, Mitropoulos has established the Tsunami Maritime Relief Fund, through which financial and other aid (such as in-kind aid) from the shipping industry for the victims of the disaster can be co-ordinated. He stresses the importance of ensuring that ports, navigational aids and other key elements of the maritime infrastructure are in effective working order as soon as possible, both to facilitate the medium and long-term recovery of the affected areas and to ensure that short-term aid arriving by sea can do so efficiently and in safety.

For the medium to longer term, IMO plans to coordinate its ongoing assessment of the situation and its follow-up activities with other agencies such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Bank.

INTERTANKO (and possibly Intercargo) members may be able to assist the United Nations in the first instance by supplying ships to transport fresh (both potable and non-potable) water and other food supplies to stricken areas, and in the medium-to-long term by contributing to the transportation of energy and materials. Please contact INTERTANKO Managing Director Peter Swift if you wish to consider an in-kind contribution.

We recognise that many members have already made other significant contributions, and INTERTANKO together with its Round Table partners has already made a donation to the IMO Fund, but should any members or readers wish to make a specific financial contribution, the bank account details of the IMO Fund are attached below:

IMO Tsunami Maritime Relief Fund

Bank account details:

STERLING CURRENT ACCOUNT

Account Name          :        INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION

Bank Name              :        BARCLAYS BANK Plc

Bank Address  :        Pall Mall Corporate Banking Group, 50 Pall Mall,

 P.O. Box 15162, LondonSW1A 1QB

Account No.            :        10110566

Sort Code                :        20-65-82

Swift Code              :        BARCGB 22,

IBAN No.                 :        GB96 BARC 2065 8210 1105 66

US DOLLARS CURRENT ACCOUNT

Account Name          :        INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION

Bank Name              :        BARCLAYS BANK Plc

Bank Address  :        Pall Mall Corporate Banking Group, 50 Pall Mall,

 P.O. Box 15162, LondonSW1A 1QB

Account No.            :        83226888

Sort Code                :        20-65-82

Swift Code              :        BARCGB 22,

IBAN No.                 :        BARC 2065 8283 2268 88

Note: Please quote the reference, “GL 234070-Tsunami Maritime Relief Fund" in all remittances.

Contact: Bill Box