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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Final call for Council members to register for the autumn meeting

Four key policy issues will be the focal point of this year’s INTERTANKO Council autumn meeting, which will take place on Tuesday 14 November 2006 in the Hilton Tower Bridge, London:


  • Ship Vetting
  • Information sharing
  • Air emissions from ships
  • Human element


Ship Vetting


At the Council’s request, the Vetting Committee will give a presentation on its current work items, including information on the activities of its seven working groups: 1) Terminal Vetting Database Working Group, 2) Vetting Clause Working Group, 3) Officer Matrix Working Group, 4) TMSA Working Group, 5) Detention Statistics Working Group, 6) Vetting Publication Working Group, and the 7) SIRE Inspector Working Group.


One aspect of the work being reviewed by the Vetting Committee is an alternative approach to the existing Officer Matrix Requirements, currently required by several oil companies.


On Port State Control, INTERCARGO’s Secretary General Roger Holt will give a brief report following the Association’s Executive Committee’s decision to consider two aspects – the quantification of inspections and detentions against INTERCARGO members which are deemed unfair and unprofessional, and a strategy to deal with corruption.


Information Sharing


This issue originated from the agenda of the last Tripartite meeting (i.e. annual meeting between the Round Table organisations (INTERTANKO, INTERCARGO, BIMCO and ICS), OCIMF, IACS and shipbuilders' representatives. Three separate presentations were given at the meeting which, from different angles, addressed the same subject: the need for a system of information sharing in the shipping industry.


The Council will be invited to deliberate on the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) Early Warning System, and the IACS proposed clause with an additional provision recommended by INTERTANKO.


Air Emissions from Ships


Air emissions from ships is becoming the subject of intense local and international focus as the spotlight is turned increasingly on aviation and shipping as the sectors that are less controlled and less regulated than land transport and onshore facilities.


MARPOL Annex VI was discussed extensively through the 1990s, adopted in 1997 and entered into force in 2005. It sets emission limits on sulphur oxides (SOx) with a global cap of 4.5% on the sulphur content of fuel oil and limits on nitrogen oxide (NOx) from ship’s engines. It also provides for sulphur emission control areas (SECAs), which limit the sulphur content of fuel to a maximum of 1.5% or require exhaust gas cleaning systems.


An IMO Working Group has been tasked with, and is now, reviewing Annex VI by considering possible changes and amendments with a target for their enforcement from 2010, which in practice would mean that the IMO should adopt any amendments in 2008. The Working Group will be meeting 13-17 November 2006.


With the growing public pressure over the years on the shipping industry to respond to these calls to reduce air emissions, INTERTANKO has developed an approach to the revision of MARPOL Annex VI based on the principles agreed by the Executive Committee during their recent meetings, which propose that any new legislation should:


-          ensure a solid platform of requirements;

-          be realistic and feasible;

-          seek a long-term and positive reduction of air emissions from ships;

-   contribute to a long-term and a predictable regulatory regime.


Based on these principles, INTERTANKO has submitted a working paper to the IMO intersessional meeting in November setting out issues which it suggests merit a detailed discussion by the Working Group. This paper has taken into account a general recognition that new regulations will increase the demand for ships to use more fuels with a low sulphur content as well additional measures to reduce NOx and PM (Particulate Matter) levels.


The Council will be given a comprehensive and detailed report, both verbal and written, on this pertinent issue, and will be invited to consider and to comment on the INTERTANKO approach.


Human Element Committee


The Council will be invited to approve the Terms of Reference of the Human Element Committee. The Committee has spent some considerable time mapping and outlining its area and scope of work. An aspect identified early on after establishing this Committee was just how huge the possible scope of work could be, if one were to consider all related aspects of the human element.


Please click to link to the documents for the Council meeting:

 Contact: Minerva Alfonso