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Sunday, December 17, 2017

China Changjiang National Shipping (Group) Corporation and Shanghai Hong Kou District Officials visit INTERTANKO London office

Top Executives of the China Changjiang National Shipping (Group) Corporation (CSC) and representatives from its six subsidiaries visited the INTERTANKO London Office this week.  One of CSC’s subsidiaries, Nanjing Tanker Corporation, is currently an associate member of INTERTANKO.

 

With a potential tanker fleet expansion of up to 5 million dwt in the next couple of years, the CSC Group, led by the Group Vice-President, Shen Guanghan, wanted to learn more about the activities and services of the Association, its membership structure, as well as current industry  issues. 

 

INTERTANKO U.K. Regional Manager, Minerva Alfonso highlighted that even though significant improvements in the industry’s safety and environmental performance have been achieved over the past decade, the industry still faces many challenges ranging from the safe and responsible recycling of ships; vetting issues; issues relating to the human element; and to the proliferation of conflicting regional and national regulations.  She underlined the importance of international rules and regulations, as well as the critical need to establish global standards for the industry.  (Click here to view Alfonso’s presentation.0029  INTERTANKO Communications Manager, Bill Box, gave a presentation on the single hull phase-out, and the different phase-out schedule under the three regulations, MARPOL 13G, OPA 90 and EU 1726/2003. (Click here to view Box’s presentation.)  He also outlined the evolution of the single-hull phase-out, and how the different regulations had come about.

 

During the same week, another delegation from China - senior officials from the Shanghai Hong Kou District - visited the London office to meet INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO representatives and to learn about the activities of the associations.  Mr. Qing, Vice-Director of the Hongkou Shipping Developing & Service Office, discussed the development of the Shanghai North Bund Shipping Service Cluster.  Minerva Alfonso illustrated the importance of China in the tanker industry and illustrated market projections with rapidly increasing tonne-mile crude movements to China and significant oil import growth, mainly due to the country’s refinery expansion plans and accelerating oil usage.  (Click here to view Alfonso’s presentation.) Rob Lomas, Intercargo Manager, gave an overview of the INTERCARGO activities and the main dry bulk issues. (Click here to view Rob Lomas’ presentation.)

 

Contact:  Minerva R. Alfonso