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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Singapore Tanker Event 29-31 March – THE tanker event

INTERTANKO‘s Singapore Tanker Event is now next week! People are still registering, both from the local shipping community as well as international members and associate members. 

We have managed to get together an impressive list of distinguished speakers from right across the tanker industry and an ever-growing list of delegates from among the Association’s members and associate members and from local companies.  

In addition to meetings of the Association’s Executive Committee and Council, there will be workshops on vessel pollution enforcement and on maritime security; there will be an opening and keynote ‘state of the industry’ session; there will be an interactive tanker market session; there will be the first Poseidon Challenge day, which has acquired a list of distinguished speakers and participants; there will be the Association’s Annual General Meeting.  

The tanker industry’s annual gathering, which will be held at Singapore’s exclusive Four Seasons Hotel, will be opened on Thursday 30 March at 1130 by Mr. Yeo Cheow Tong, Singapore’s Minister for Transport. Other keynote addresses will be given by Mr. Simon Yang, Deputy Director Research & Development, COSCO and Dr. Martin Stopford, Managing Director, Clarkson Research. 

Heads of industry have responded positively to the invitation from INTERTANKO’s Chairman Stephen Van Dyck to join the Association’s members on Friday 31 March and work together as part of  the Poseidon Challenge  in a sustained commitment to continuous improvement. The majority of the links in the chain of responsibility have confirmed that their top executives will take part in this bid to work together to raise standards, including: 

Ian Adams, Secretary General, International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA);
Rajaish Bajpaee, President, International Ship Managers’ Association (INTERMANAGER);
Alistair Groom, Chairman, International Group of P&I Clubs;
Hiroshi Iwamoto, CESS Chairman, Shipbuilders' Association of Japan (SAJ);
Dr. Karl Laubstein, President, World Maritime University (WMU);
BG Tay Lim Heng, Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA);
Bruce Ogilvy, Chairman, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS);
Bill O'Neil, President, Videotel Marine International;
Bob Somerville, Chairman, International Association of Classification Societies (IACS);
Hans van Rooij, President, International Salvage Union (ISU);
Emmanouel Vordonis, Executive Director, Thenamaris Ships Management Inc;
Graham Westgarth, President, Teekay Marine Services, Teekay Shipping (Canada) Ltd;
Jon Whitlow, Assistant Secretary, International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF);
Philip Wood, President, Federation of National Associations of Shipbrokers and Agents (FONASBA).

The Poseidon Challenge brings together the stakeholders and participants in the energy transportation business in a common effort to achieve practical and effective action. It looks for 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.” 

Two special workshops will be held on the Thursday morning. 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. It will be led by Arabinda Acharya and Jaime Burnell from the international centre for political violence and terrorism in Singapore’s Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies. 

The Tanker Market Session on the Thursday afternoon will see delegates encouraged to respond in an interactive session chaired by Odd Anker Hassel, Director, Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA). There will be presentations from Erik M. Andersen, Director, R.S. Platou Shipbrokers A.S; Jason Feer, Vice President and Singapore Bureau Chief, Argus Media; Louisa Follis, Director, SSY Consultancy & Research; Paul Horsnell, Head of Commodities Research London, Barclays Capital.  

Social events start on the Wednesday evening 29 March with a Welcome Reception in the glamorous gilded interior and exclusive courtyard of the art-deco Divine Society. On the Thursday 30 March there are drinks on the terrace of the Asian Civilisation Museum which will open exclusively for those of INTERTANKO’s guests who wish to take a look at this fascinating exhibition of local culture. This will be followed by an informal dinner next door in the Indochine Waterfront restaurant, with views of Singapore’s breathtaking skyscrapers towering over the traditional colour and buzz of Boat Quay.

The Association’s Annual Gala Dinner will be on Friday 31 March in the recently modernised colonial splendour of the Fullerton Hotel. 

Regular updates for the Tanker Event can be found on our Tanker Event Website.

Please make sure that you register now, and confirm your room at the Four Seasons Hotel as the block of INTERTANKO rooms held back at a special discounted rate is now almost completely booked. 

Contact:Chantal Cheung-tam-heor  Bill Box