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Monday, December 18, 2017

Singapore busy this week on many shipping fronts

INTERTANKO’s General Counsel and Regional Manager, John Fawcett-Ellis, this week presented papers at two conferences, the Tanker Market Outlook 2005 and the International Chemical and Oil Pollution Conference organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). The guest of honour at the latter conference was the Minister for Transport, Yeo Cheow Tong.  

Fawcett-Ellis focused on the increased politicisation of regulations such as the EU Ship Sourced Pollution Directive dealing with criminal sanctions for oil pollution. He also emphasised the challenges to the shipping industry’s governance structures.  

In promoting INTERTANKO’s Tanker Event 2006, which will take place in Singapore from 29-31 March 2006, he underlined the need for all elements in the maritime industry to commit to continuous improvement and to the Association’s initiative of the Poseidon Challenge to achieve this.  

Fawcett-Ellis’ two presentations: “Key concerns facing the tanker Industry – an INTERTANKO perspective” and “The political environment surrounding safe shipping” are available on the INTERTANKO web site at: http://www.intertanko.com/about/presentations/ 

This week Norwegian tanker operator NORGAS opened its new offices in Singapore. A reception was held to mark the occasion with the official opening being conducted by the Minister of State for Transport and Finance, Lim Hwee Hua. 

The latest addition to INTERTANKO member Valles Steamship’s fleet, the aframax MT Seaheritage, called at Singapore this week on her maiden voyage and a reception was held on board to mark the occasion.  

Contact: John Fawcett-Ellis