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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Executive Committee recommends to AGM admission of state-owned companies as INTERTANKO members

INTERTANKO’s Executive Committee held its first meeting this year under the chairmanship of Stephen Van Dyck on 16 February 2006 at INTERTANKO’s London Office. 

The Committee once again deliberated on proposed amendments to INTERTANKO’s Articles of Association which would give the Association’s Council the opportunity to admit state-owned companies operating on a normal commercial basis as full members of INTERTANKO. The Committee reaffirmed its previous decision, as well as the Council’s decision last November, to recommend to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) that the Articles of Association be changed, while reiterating that the Council always has the authority to accept or decline a membership application without specifying any reasons for its decision. 

The Executive Committee noted the report on the Inter-Industry Group’s (IIG) IMO Submission to MSC 81, which summarises the IIG's conclusions and recommendations following its work on investigating a number of explosions on smaller chemical and product tankers. There was wide support by the Executive Committee for amending SOLAS to provide for the application of inert gas to new oil tankers of less than 20,000 DWT and new chemical tankers, as well as to existing products tankers and chemical tankers that are currently exempted from this regulation. 

The following issues were high on the agenda, and were considered by the Executive Committee: oily water separators; developments in the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds) Assembly; Europe’s ship-source pollution Directive; Canada C-15 Act; California Air Resources Board Air Emission Standards; the Massachusetts lawsuit; and the lawsuit on ballast water discharges. 

In addition, the Executive Committee also noted reports from INTERTANKO’s Safety and Technical Committee (ISTEC) regarding the Common Structural Rules (CSR) for tankers and for bulk carriers that will be enforced on 1 April 2006.  ISTEC also gave a report on further proposed amendments to SOLAS as recommended by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) Panel on Double Hull Tankers requiring that all double hull tankers have fixed gas sampling systems. INTERTANKO is in the process of finalising the first draft of these amendments.   

The next meeting of the Executive Committee will be held in Singapore on Wednesday, 29 March 2006 in conjunction with the Singapore Tanker Event. 

ContactMinerva R. Alfonso