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Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Associate Members Committee (AMC) met in London this week

The Associate Members Committee (AMC) conducted its third and last meeting for 2006 at INTERTANKO’s London office under its newly elected Chairman, Brad Berman, representing FlagState interests on the Committee.


At the Singapore AMC meeting in March, Iain Shaw announced his resignation as Chairman and committee member due to planned retirement in June 2006 from his position in the shipbroking business. INTERTANKO would like to thank Iain for his unfailing dedication to the chairmanship of AMC and for his valuable contributions to enhance the value of the AMC’s work.


The class representative on the AMC, Wilhelm Magelssen (Det Norske Veritas), gave a presentation on the construction and operation of oil and LNG tankers suitable to trade in the Baltic, the Arctic and Polar regions. The AMC is currently assessing the extent to which his presentation will be of value to the membership without accompanying verbal comments.


The agenda again placed focus on training and how the AMC, representing a host of tanker-related business sectors, can help identify, coordinate and offer practical training opportunities. With this in mind, AMC welcomed an external presentation on 'Professional education for shore-based staff through the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers professional education system'. A very clear presentation was delivered by Bruce Ogilvy, Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS), an associate member of INTERTANKO (click here to view). On 20 September, i.e. subsequent to the AMC meeting, Coracle, ICS's internet based Distance Learning Centre, came on line. Click on the web site to view.


In response to approaches from the associate membership, and in order to expand the scope of the AMC’s work programme, the Committee decided to encourage participation and interaction by non-committee members invited to join its meetings. AMC hopes that this decision will help invigorate its contact with associate members and thereby enhance the function of a collective voice and discussion forum.


The AMC was pleased to welcome Dirk Lindenau, Managing Director of Lindenau GmbH (shipbuilders in Kiel), who will fill the shipbuilder's seat on the Committee. The presence of a shipbuilder is considered to be a substantial asset to the Committee, which also helps coordinate its work with INTERTANKO's Safety, Technical and Environmental Committee (ISTEC).


The AMC performed its quality screening of five applications for associate membership. All applicants passed, either by reason of their having a quality system in place or because of positive feedback from listed references. AMC will therefore recommend these applications to the Council for its formal approval.


The AMC’s next meeting has been scheduled for 11 January 2007 in London.


Contact: Gunnar A. Knudsen