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Thursday, November 15, 2018

INTERTANKO Executive Committee meeting in Singapore

This year’s third Executive Committee meeting was held this week in Singapore, chaired by INTERTANKO's Chairman Stephen Van Dyck.


The members of the Executive Committee spent several hours deliberating on key policy issues, which i.a. included: the future strategy on air emissions, the Ship Source Pollution Directive, the DoJ/USCG Massachusetts lawsuit, a new Rhode Island law for LNG tankers, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lawsuit on ballast water discharges.


On the issue of air emissions, the Committee discussed the importance of INTERTANKO’s active involvement in the revision process of MARPOL Annex VI while noting the latest developments on emission regulations in Europe, California, Sweden and elsewhere. Air emissions from ships is a major issue for governments, port and coastal authorities, and is a high priority for environmental organisations. One of the major concerns raised is the possible emergence of several unilateral national or regional legislative moves on air emissions, should the IMO revision process fail to meet governments’ expectations.


At the request of the Executive Committee, the Secretariat presented a draft Strategy Paper, which also incorporated the INTERTANKO Safety, Technical and Environmental Committee's (ISTEC's) input on technical and operational aspects. The Strategy Paper was reviewed and considered at length by the Committee. In conclusion, the Committee agreed that INTERTANKO should submit to the IMO inter-sessional meeting in November 2006 a paper based on the Secretariat’s proposals taking into account the recommendations made by the Executive Committee. Furthermore, the Committee emphasised that INTERTANKO should endeavour to gain support from the other sectors in the shipping community.


The programme for the Houston Tanker Event, including plans for the next Poseidon Challenge day were also discussed. The Committee explored the mechanics of a Poseidon Prize, which is to be awarded to a) a corporation and b) to an individual who has done the most to meet the Poseidon Challenge in the past year. A committee will be set up to establish the nomination and evaluation process and how the award will be given.


The Executive Committee noted the list of applications received since the last Council meeting in March. These membership applications, consisting of 12 companies with 82 vessels totalling 5 million dwt, will be submitted to the Council for approval at its next meeting in London on 14 November 2006.


The next Executive Committee meeting will be held in London on 13 November 2006.


Contact: Minerva R. Alfonso