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Thursday, October 18, 2018

INTERTANKO’s Chairman visits China

The Association’s Chairman Stephen Van Dyck, Managing Director Peter Swift and General Counsel/Asian Regional Manager John Fawcett-Ellis received a warm reception this week from China’s Government and key shipping companies and organisations, and were honoured to attend a dinner hosted by the President of China Classification Society (CCS) Li Kejun. 

High level meetings were held in Beijing with the Ministry of Communications, Cosco, the China Shipowners’ Association, Sinotrans and CCS. INTERTANKO was pleased to be received by the Vice Minister of Communication, who recognised the important role played by the Association in ensuring that the global industry of shipping is regulated by global regulations interpreted uniformly. The Minister also acknowledged the central role played by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and emphasised his Government’s support for its work. 

We are pleased to confirm that Sinotrans has agreed to support the Association with an associate membership. 

In Shanghai the Chairman hosted a dinner for INTERTANKO’s members in China, and their guests. We also had the opportunity to meet with Zhang Guo Fa, Vice President of associate member China Shipping Group, and a visit was made to the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. 

INTERTANKO and Braemar Seascope held a joint international seminar entitled “Oil and Chemical Shipping Today”. The seminar was well attended and presentations were given by the Association’s Managing Director Peter Swift, Colin Cridland, head of Braemar Seascope’s Research Department and Denis Petropoulos, head of the London broker’s tanker division.The presentations covered the political scene facing the industry, the challenges to international regulation and the issues that are of most concern to the industry.  

The INTERTANKO party went on to attend the China Shipping 2005 conference organised by Mare Forum and TradeWinds. In a paper given during the session entitled “The view from the bridge - Would you order new tonnage to serve Chinese routes?” Van Dyck emphasised the political drivers which affect the industry as much as the economic ones. He went on to challenge shipowners to support their industry representatives so that there can be an effective counter balance to regulation that is increasingly politically motivated. 

Swift spoke on the shipowners’ perspective of environmental concerns surrounding the ship recycling industry. He detailed the steps that responsible ship operators are taking to meet environmental and safety concerns - such as new ships being equipped with a “Green Passport” listing hazardous substances. He emphasised the importance of all involved in the industry acting with similar care and concern.  

The available presentations can be viewed on INTERTANKO’s web site   

Contact: John Fawcett-Ellis