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Monday, September 24, 2018

INTERTANKO North American Panel held its 16th meeting 21 March 2005, Stamford, CT

The spring meeting of the INTERTANKO North American Panel (NAP), traditionally held in conjunction with the Connecticut Maritime Association’s (CMA) annual conference in Stamford, CT., was held this week.  

Chaired by Richard du Moulin, the panel had the benefit of excellent presentations given by our guests. RAdm Larry Hereth, Director Port Security of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), gave an overview on a large number of issues related to U.S. port security; Richard Udell, Senior Trial Attorney, Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, gave a very instructive presentation on U.S. enforcement policies, particularly with regard to oil-water separators, including a number of cases involving ‘whistleblowers’; Derek Solon, Senior Analyst, Poten & Partners, gave an overview of the current tanker market.  

It was agreed that INTERTANKO and the USCG should better structure and coordinate their cooperation in addressing a number of particular obstructions imposed by oil terminals and facilities as part of their Facility Security Plans.  

The Department of Justice will work positively towards establishing a permanent communication with INTERTANKO, addressing issues linked to discharges at sea. As a first step it will make a presentation, similar to the one given on this occasion, at the INTERTANKO Tanker Event in Athens (11-13 April 2005). 

The other issues addressed by the Panel were the Massachusetts Oil Spill Legislation and other state and federal regulatory initiatives in the aftermath of last November’s accident to the Athos I in the Delaware River. 

Prior to the panel meeting a group of some 15 members and staffers, coordinated by INTERTANKO Chairman Stephen Van Dyck, reviewed INTERTANKO’s governance and policy-making.  

Contact: Joe Angelo  &  Dragos Rauta