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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

INTERTANKO Council approves 31 new Members and Associate Members during autumn meeting in IMO building

INTERTANKO’s Council approved applications from 15 Members with 21.5m dwt of tankers as well as 16 applications for associate membership when it met this week in London in the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). 

The two biggest owners to enter the Association are Frontline (13.3m dwt) and American Eagle Tankers (6.1m dwt). The next seven biggest entries are Marmaras Navigation, Ionia Management, Sea Fortune Shipping, Estoril Navigation, A.K.Shipping and Trading, Eastwind Shipmanagement, FR8 Shipmanagement, and Calisa SpA, with 1.95m dwt between them. Also JB Ugland, Zest Shipping, FAL Shipping, Transmarine Management, Chemmariner Shipping, with 250,000 dwt between them. 

Members, a number of whom are regular visitors to the IMO because of INTERTANKO’s consultative status with the organisation, were warmly welcomed by Thimio Mitropoulos, Secretary-General of the IMO as “those who own or operate ships with the best safety record in the entire industry.”  

But while applauding the industry’s safety and environmental record, he stresses that “it is absolutely crucial that we do not rest on our laurels – on the contrary we must always remember that much remains to be done.” And the most important thing? “To continue to intensify our efforts to prevent accidents happening in the first place.” He suggests a two–pronged approach which isolates and marginalises sub-standard players and encourages and rewards quality. “On the one hand we need to strive to make the good things even better while, on the other, we must spare no effort to eliminate the ‘rotten apples’.” 

The text of Mitropoulos’ Welcoming Remarks can be viewed on the INTERTANKO web site at:http://www.intertanko.com/about/presentations/ 

Contact: Bill Box