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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Hellenic Forum welcomes guests from BP at autumn meeting

More than sixty members of the Hellenic Forum, from Greece, Cyprus and Turkey, gathered this week in Athens for an energetic exchange of views and constructive discussion.


Eight new membership applications totalling just over 500,000 dwt were considered and endorsed, and forwarded to INTERTANKO's Council for approval: TOP Tankers, Olympic Gulf Tankers, Elmira Shipping, Unisea Shipping, Archipelago Ships Management, Newfront Shipping, Omega Navigation, Mantinia Shipping Company.


The Forum has started work on the establishment of Regional Focus Groups (RFGs). Each  RFG will have a specialist focus linked to the activities of an INTERTANKO committee. Each will have a Regional Coordinator who is a member of the relevant INTERTANKO committee. The objective is to establish autonomous regional specialist focus groups that will enhance contact and discussion between members, increase information flow to members and Principals, and add value to the work of the INTERTANKO Committee.


The Forum welcomed David Baldry,  BP Shipping’s new Chief Executive Officer, together with Lars Dencker Nielsen, BP's Global Chartering Manager, and Simon Lisiecki, BP's Director Government and Industry. The aim was to get to know each other, to exchange ideas, and to develop closer working relationships that will improve the efficiency of our cooperation - in our mutual interest. This meeting, coming right at the start of David Baldry’s time as Head of BP’s shipping operation, emphasises the importance of the Hellenic Forum tanker community and INTERTANKO as major contributors to BP’s energy network. Ideas were exchanged on commercial strategy, quality, safety, and eco-friendliness.


Other key items on the agenda were MARPOL Annex VI (Air Pollution) and the Proposed Interim Strategy for Ship Recycling. 

Contact: Bill Box