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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Tanker industry’s vital role

The vital role and good performance of  tanker shipping were the main thrust of a presentation by INTERTANKO Managing Director Dr Peter Swift at a joint meeting this week of the London branches of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).

Under the banner of “Tankers Today” he also spoke on the key issues and challenges for the industry, and briefly on the image of the industry and some of the current initiatives to address this. Much of the discussion centred on the importance of establishing and implementing international regulation of the industry and ensuring consistency in governance standards at the global level.

He demonstrated how tankers are needed to carry the 60% of the 3.7bn total tonnes of oil consumed annually that is delivered by sea. He contrasted this vital role with the expectations of society that there will be no accidents and no oil pollution, and emphasised how INTERTANKO members have pledged to lead the continuous improvement of the tanker industry’s performance in striving to achieve the goals of zero fatalities, zero pollution, zero detentions.

In the discussion that followed, several speakers from the floor indicated their support for the proceedings being initiated by the industry coalition on the European Ship Source Pollution Directive.

Contact: Peter Swift