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Friday, December 15, 2017

The Associate Members Committee (AMC) focused on “Continuous Improvement” at its Rotterdam meeting

The Associate Members Committee (AMC) held its first January meeting (AMC meetings are now held three times per year) to enhance progress on working issues and plan input and contributions to INTERTANKO’s 2005 AGM in Athens.

 The Committee was particularly pleased to see the vacancy for an oil company representative filled by John Barton from Shell, and the shipyard vacancy filled by Y.Y. Koh of Daewoo. Both gentlemen attended the meeting at short notice and were welcomed by the AMC Chairman and committee colleagues. 

As links in “The Chain of Responsibility” the AMC members had given considerable thought to how their business environment could contribute to enhanced quality and improved service to the industry.  

Issues discussed included phase-out, extended life of ships through the Condition Assessment Scheme (CAS) and investment criteria for newbuildings. Market considerations were also discussed, including the preference for modern double-hull tonnage confirmed as a first choice, although the use of single skin ships is still by no means precluded. The importance of every owner’s/operator’s individual quality record was also acknowledged. The roles of the charterers, the suppliers and receivers and Port State Control were also debated the committee saw mounting problems for sub-standard shipping in the market. 

Building specifications were touched upon and it was confirmed that shipyards would always build to a specification acceptable to IACS (International Association of Classification Societies) members. 

A question was raised whether the Maritime Security certification and security procedures practised by ships and ports would tend to slip in between audits/renewals. However no one had received reports indicating any reduced vigilance either by Port State Control or ships’ crew.  

It was agreed that payments for security services in port should preferably be included in existing port cost structures and not appear as separate cost items. This would, for instance, facilitate the reflection of such cost items in the Worldscale rate system. The discussion highlighted some extreme examples of security fees. 

Discussions revealed that custom-made LNG charter party forms are in the initial stage of development. AMC members will look further into this and a cooperation with the INTERTANKO Legal and Documentary Committee will be established as relevant. 

The AMC is currently in the process of planning how to contribute to the 2005 AGM programme in Athens. 

Contact:Gunnar A. Knudsen