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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Swift brings up criminalisation and the Poseidon Challenge at European Tugowners’ Association AGM

A two-part talk on the Criminalisation of Seafarers and the Poseidon Challenge was given by INTERTANKO Managing Director Dr Peter Swift to the Annual Meeting of the European Tugowners’ Association on Thursday 25 May in Valencia. 

He spoke of the counterproductive effects that unjustifiable criminalisation have had on shipping and related industries, especially within Europe, and the need to highlight these to politicians, regulators and the media. He talked of the EU’s Directive for Criminal Sanctions for Ship-Source Pollution and explained the action being taken by the industry coalition of interests to seek clarification of the lawfulness of the Directive. He said that owners and others needed certainty in the legal and business framework and consistency internationally to avoid commercial distortion and administrative confusion, which could compromise both safety and efficiency. 

Concurrent with this action, he said, the industry has been taking further steps to limit and control both operational discharges and accidental spills. He highlighted ongoing work on guidance on oily water separators, on ship waste generation and management, and on new initiatives to ensure adequate reception facilities, as well as on the outstanding issue of Places of Refuge. 

In introducing the Poseidon Challenge, he invited all parties – including tug owners and operators- to accept the invitation to join the commitment to continuous improvement and to strive for zero accidents and zero pollution from shipping operations. 

A copy of his presentation is available here 

Contact: Peter Swift