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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Singapore Tanker Event and Poseidon Challenge gather momentum

INTERTANKO‘s Singapore Tanker Event in March 2006 is gathering momentum, with the ground-breaking Poseidon Challenge acquiring a list of distinguished speakers and participants. 

The Singapore Tanker Event, which will be held at the exclusive Four Seasons Hotel, will be opened by Mr. Yeo Cheow Tong, Minister of Transport of the Republic of Singapore. Other keynote addresses will be delivered by Mr. Simon Yang, Deputy Director Research & Development, COSCO and Dr. Martin Stopford, Managing Director, Clarkson Research. 

Response from heads of industry invited by INTERTANKO’s Chairman Stephen Van Dyck to join INTERTANKO members and work together in a sustained commitment to continuous improvement, and address participants in the Poseidon Challenge sessions on Friday 31 March, has been impressive. A good number of links in the chain of responsibility have already confirmed that their top executives will  participate.  

Those who will be there taking part in the Poseidon Challenge include President of Teekay Marine Services Graham Westgarth; Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies Bob Somerville and the Permanent Secretary of IACS Richard Leslie; Chief Executive of Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority BG Tay; President of the International Salvage Union (ISU) Hans Van Rooij; President of the World Maritime University Dr Karl Laubstein; Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) Bruce Ogilvy; President of the International Association of Ports & Harbors (IAPH) Tom Kornegay; President of the Federation of National Associations of Shipbrokers and Agents (FONASBA) Philip Wood; President of the International Ship Managers’ Association (ISMA) Rajaish Bajpaee.  Others still have to confirm their attendance.  

The Poseidon Challenge is an initiative which brings together all the stakeholders and participants in the energy transportation business in a common effort to achieve practical and effective action, and which examines the commitment of every individual participant, every link in the chain of responsibility, to take practical steps towards realising the vision of zero fatalities, zero pollution, zero detentions. 

And if we connect the links more effectively, then the efforts of individual links to achieve ‘zero fatalities zero pollution and zero detentions’ will be greatly enhanced,” says INTERTANKO Chairman Stephen Van Dyck. “If we, as an industry, are to take our future into our own hands with a serious commitment to continuous improvement, then we need to be there in Singapore end March, joining in discussions with those who head up and represent each sector and are the driving force behind our industry.”  

A new-style interactive Market Session will see delegates encouraged to respond to presentations from panellists including Erik M. Andersen, Director, R.S. Platou Shipbrokers A.S.; Louisa Follis, Director, SSY Consultancy & Research; Paul Horsnell, Head of Commodities Research London, Barclays Capital; Odd Anker Hassel, Director, Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA). 

On Thursday morning March 30, two special workshops will be held. One will be on Vessel Pollution Enforcement - Problems and Solutions. It will be led by Richard A. Udell, Senior Trial Attorney, Environmental Crimes Section, U.S. Department of Justice, and Jonathan Benner, Partner of U.S. law firm Troutman Sanders in Washington DC. The other will be on Maritime Security, looking at pirate attacks, fears of terrorism, and security in general, in the South East Asia regions in particular. 

Social events start with a Welcome Reception in the glamorous gilded interior and exclusive courtyard of the art-deco Divine Society. On the next day, there are drinks on the terrace of the Asian Civilisation Museum followed by an informal dinner next door in the Indochine Waterfront restaurant, with stunning views of Singapore’s most spectacular skyscrapers contrasting with the old-fashioned colour and buzz of Boat Quay just across the water.  

There will also be the Association’s Annual Gala Dinner in the recently modernised colonial splendour of the Fullerton Hotel. 

For further updates please visit the Tanker Event Website. 

The Event is coming closer so please make sure you register now, and confirm your room at the Four Seasons Hotel as our block of rooms reserved at a special discounted rate is booking up quickly and reservations need to be in place by 24 February to ensure a room on these terms! 

Contact:Chantal Cheung-tam-he  or  Bill Box