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Friday, December 15, 2017

INTERTANKO’s Asian Regional Panel maintains focus on Straits security

INTERTANKO’s Asian Regional Panel met this week for its second meeting in 2006 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Singapore. Under the chairmanship of Dr. J. H. Lee of SK Shipping, the meeting was attended by 25 members from all over the region.

 

INTERTANKO Chairman, Stephen Van Dyck, as well as a strong presence from the INTERTANKO management team, provided the Panel with a thorough update on INTERTANKO’s key activities, and in particular an update on the issues due to be discussed and decided upon at the Association’s forthcoming Council meeting in London on November 14.

 

While INTERTANKO’s secretariat focused on issues ranging from activity on the Ship Source Pollution Directive, ship recycling, air emissions and piracy, the Panel was also updated on security and safety in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore by Dr. Sam Bateman of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS). Dr. Bateman’s interesting and thorough presentation on the IDSS’s views relating to the Straits generated some good discussion.

 

Many members were interested in the continued security activity by the littoral states, and in particular in the need to continue to address the security issue even though the international spotlight had been removed since the Joint War Committee decision to remove much of the area from the high risk listing. Click here for a copy of Dr. Bateman’s presentation.

 

At a reception hosted by Stephen Van Dyck following the Panel meeting, regional members were given the opportunity to thank John Fawcett-Ellis for his committed work as Regional Manager for Asia, and to welcome INTERTRANKO’s incoming Regional Manager for Asia, Tim Wilkins.

 

Contact: Tim Wilkins