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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Poseidon Challenge encourages practical steps to achieve our vision of the tanker industry

INTERTANKO has launched the Poseidon Challenge to the press this week, as an initiative which takes the vision of the tanker industry as a responsible, sustainable and respected industry with the ability to influence its own destiny, and then proceeds to examine our commitment to realising that vision. It challenges every link in the chain of responsibility, and every individual participant, to take practical steps to achieve that vision. 

The tanker industry’s ongoing commitment to continuous improvement is a commitment to the industry’s service of its customers and of the public, whereby the liquid energy, on which civilisation as we know it depends, is delivered safely, reliably, efficiently and cleanly, and in a sustainable relationship with the environment. “Quality of service and the protection of the environment are paramount,” says INTERTANKO Chairman Stephen Van Dyck. “This is a team effort. No participant should see himself as isolated from this joint effort towards a goal in which everyone believes. Continuous improvement should be considered as everyone’s challenge, not just that of the shipowners and operators. Every participant by his attitude and work ethic can and does affect not only his link in the chain of responsibility but also every other link in the chain, and ultimately the overall quality of service provided by the shipping industry.” 

The genesis of the Poseidon Challenge occurred at our 2005 Athens Tanker Event, where it was born out of an assembly of our members and their guests at the Temple of Poseidon - Ancient Greek God, Lord and Guardian of the Sea. The gathering recognised the relationship between the tanker industry and the environment, our precious heritage, and the need for a sustainable relationship between the two. The Athens Tanker Event saw a particularly broad gathering of key players from every part of the tanker stage, giving the idea that these people should use their creative initiative and leadership to work together to reach out and realise their vision. 

The Poseidon Challenge sets up the platform for a new proactive initiative, for a new debate which is NOT merely focused on public opinion and fears, which is NOT centred on blame and punishment, which is NOT aiming just to sort out the mess after an incident. “It initiates activities bringing together all the stakeholders and participants in the energy transportation business in a common effort to achieve practical and effective action,” says INTERTANKO Managing Director Peter Swift. 

It involves key figures from different parts of the chain of responsibility, in an atmosphere of increasing mutual trust, aiming to achieve a practical commitment to work together to fulfil their vision, and to achieve a goal that everyone believes in, where quality of service and protection of the environment are acknowledged to be of foremost importance. 

We are already inviting key industry figures from, inter alia builders, charterers, class, insurance, ports and terminals, pilotage and tug operation, salvors, suppliers, flag/port states, and regulators to vouch for their part in this bid to become the industry we want to be. One day of our next Tanker Event (March 29-31 2006 in Singapore) will be given over to the Poseidon Challenge. 

Contact: Bill Box