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No. 01/2007




OCIMF’s SIRE particulars may now be submitted through the internet

The Oil Companies' International Marine Forum (OCIMF) Ship Inspection Report (SIRE) Programme is now in a position to offer direct submission of Vessel Particulars Questionnaires (VPQs) through the internet rather than via dial up .   They have therefore released the " Vessels Operators access and Self Management Guide to the SIRE , Computer Application Version " I ssue 3 , dated 13...... More


MARPOL Annex II revisions – 3000 m3 interpretations

As many may be aware, there are potential difficulties with some port states regarding the 3000 m 3 cargo tank filling restrictions in the revisions to MARPOL Annex II that came into force on 1 January 2007 in conjunction with the 4.1.3 exemption.   We understand that several port states may detain IMO ship Type 2 ships if they are loaded with a footnote "k" vegetable oil, and if the quantity i...... More


Port State Control to check carefully compliance with revisions to MARPOL Annex II

Members should be aware that Port State Control (PSC) will be checking carefully ships' certification and compliance with the revisions to MARPOL Annex II which came into force on 1 January 2007.   We have issued various articles in the Weekly NEWS regarding the revisions and the requirements as well as preparations regarding revised P&A Manuals and certificates of fitness and the need to have...... More


INTERTANKO calls its first Human Element in Shipping Committee meeting

INTERTANKO is pleased to announce that the first meeting of INTERTANKO’s Human Element in Shipping Committee (HEiSC) will be held next week in London .   The Committee’s Terms of Reference were approved in November 2006 by INTERTANKO’s Council, enabling the Committee to start its work.   The human element in shipping is an extremely broad brief. Among the issues which the Committee will discuss...... More


U.K. – seafarer fatigue study

The U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has released a Seafarer Fatigue Study , which was conducted by Cardiff University on behalf of the MCA and the Health and Safety Executive.    The research findings indicate that many seafarers are working well in excess of applicable limits and are apparently under-reporting their hours of work.    INTERTANKO believes this is an important study,...... More


INTERTANKO launches "Lifeboat User Group" with ILAMA (International Life-Saving Appliance Manufacturers Association)

INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO have this week agreed with ILAMA (International Life-Saving Appliance Manufacturers Association) to establish a joint feedback-forum where end-users (crews) of lifeboats and other LSA equipment can provide their comments, thoughts, input or feedback to the manufacturers of such equipment.   It should be emphasised that the aim of the forum is to produce progressive...... More


Modification to the Oil Record Book (Part I – Machinery space operations)

The revision of MARPOL Annex I (reference to the IMO Resolution MEPC 117(52)) is in force as of 1 January 2007. Certain changes have been introduced for the Oil Record Book (ORB) records i.e.:   -             C11.1 and C11.2 records are merged to C11 -                       E19 operational code is deleted (i.e. the text of it being incorporated into E16), therefore the rest of the operational...... More


Joint submission to IMO regarding electronic access to certificates and documents

An International Maritime Organization (IMO) Correspondence Group, co-ordinated by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and consisting of INTERTANKO, The Bahamas, Brazil, Liberia, The Netherlands, Norway, St. Kitts and Nevis, United Kingdom, BIMCO, the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), and the International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations (IFSMA), has...... More


Enel Vetting Group contact details

INTERTANKO has received a bulletin from Italian energy group Enel advising that its Vetting Group has established the following e-mail address:   All requests for vetting inspections and/or screening related correspondence should be sent to the above general address.   Enel's Vetting Group remains coordinated by Giovanni Castaldi ( and consists of...... More


Annual Panama Canal toll increases to fund the planned expansion

INTERTANKO has already expressed concern regarding the likely effect on the economics of future tanker transport via the Panama Canal , of expected canal transit toll increases in order to fund the planned expansion of the Canal.   The physical ship dimensions that could potentially be accommodated by the third set of locks will need to be viewed against projected transit cost for these bigger...... More


IMO meeting venues 2007

The key Committee and Council meetings of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will take place on the following dates and at the following venues in London while the IMO headquarters is being refurbished.     STW 3 22-26 January Royal Horticultural Halls FP 51 5-9 February Royal Horticultural Halls COMSAR 11 19-23 February Royal Horticultural Halls DE 50 5-9 March Royal Horticultural...... More


Equasis reviews Merchant Fleet and its safety performance

Equasis has recently released its first publication providing an analysis of data as contained in the Equasis database, including key figures of the world merchant fleet in 2005 and its safety performance. INTERTANKO participated actively and provided its input when the proposal by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to produce periodic statistics from the Equasis database was discussed ...... More


Increasing capacity and expected slowdown in ordering could lead to yard overcapacity

There was strong participation from all the major shipbuilding countries at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) workshop on Shipbuilding (WP6) in Paris in December, and all of them presented their views on the shipbuilding industry. INTERTANKO’s Research and Projects Manager, Erik Ranheim was present.   There was recognition that there have been significant changes...... More



10 January 2007 - Human Element in Shipping Committee (HEiSC) meeting, London

11 January 2007 – Associate Members Committee meeting and dinner, London

25 January 2007 – INTERTANKO Insurance & Legal Committee meeting, London.

30 January 2007 - Executive Committee meeting, London

7 February 2007 - Joint Chemical Tanker Committee & Chemical Tanker Sub-Committee (Americas) meeting, Houston

8-9 February 2007 – Latin American Panel meeting, Panama

21 February 2007 – INTERTANKO / INTERCARGO U.K. Members' Luncheon Seminar, London

26 March 2007 - Executive Committee meeting, Houston TX

26-27 March 2007 - Council meeting, Houston TX

26-28 March 2007 - Annual Tanker Event, Houston TX

29 March 2007 - Tanker Chartering Seminar - Houston

15 May 2007 - Half day (p.m.) Vetting Seminar, Athens

16 May, 2007 - Vetting Committee meeting Athens

16 May 2007 – INTERTANKO / INTERCARGO U.K. Members' Luncheon Seminar, London

30 May 2007 - Chemical Tanker Committee meeting, Singapore

4 July 2007 – INTERTANKO / INTERCARGO U.K. Members' Luncheon Seminar, London

18 October 2007 - Chemical Tanker Committee meeting, London

14 November 2007 – INTERTANKO / INTERCARGO U.K. Members' Luncheon Seminar, London

21 November 2007 – Half day (p.m.) Vetting Seminar Hong Kong, China

22 November 2007 - Vetting Committee meeting, Hong Kong, China

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NEW PUBLICATION * 'Vetting Clauses - A Practical Guide' * NEW PUBLICATION

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