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No. 41/2007




IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meets in Copenhagen

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) held its 83 rd meeting (MSC 83) this week in Copenhagen .   Particular items of interest to INTERTANKO’s members included Material Safety Data Sheet s, Shipboard Technical, Operational and Maintenance Manuals , cadet berths, training and watchkeeping, navigation, lifeboats, safety of oil and chemical tankers (inert...... More


MSC 83 - SOLAS Regulation 5-1 - Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

The 83rd session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee finally adopted an amendment to Chapter VI of SOLAS, including a new regulation 5-1, which requires that as from 1 July 2009, ships carrying MARPOL Annex I cargoes and marine fuel oils shall be provided with a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) prior to loading such cargoes/bunkers. The standard MSDS format is given in Resolution MSC.150(77)....... More


MSC 83 - Shipboard Technical, Operational and Maintenance Manuals

As agreed by the INTERTANKO Safety, Technical and Environmental Committee (ISTEC), the INTERTANKO delegation supported the adoption of a new MSC Circular recommending standardisation of the shipboard manuals prepared by shipping companies and in particular those provided by manufacturers.   As recommended  by INTERTANKO, the new MSC circular recommends that IACS Recommendation 71 be used as a...... More


MSC 83 – Cadet Berths – Training and Watchkeeping – Navigation

MSC 83 - Cadet Berths   Having considered the proposal by India to include mandatory requirements for cadets and cadet berthing onboard ships, which received considerable support from a number of Member States, the Committee agreed on a compromise proposal made by INTERTANKO to include a work programme item on the agenda of the Sub-committee on Standards of Training and Watchkeeping (STW) to...... More


MSC 83 - MSC.1/Circ.1206 Lifeboat Inspection and Maintenance

The MSC this week supported a submission initiated by INTERTANKO, and co-sponsored by the Bahamas , Dominica and Finland together with a number of   industry associations, suggesting that Administrations should be allowed to authorise service providers without the present required authorisation from the original manufacturers.   The Committee decided to instruct a correspondence group (in which...... More


MSC 83 - Safety of Oil & Chemical Tankers (Inert Gas debate)

Members will be fully aware of the previous discussions and reports submitted to the IMO by the Inter-Industry Group (IIG), which recommended the IMO to consider amending SOLAS Chapter II-2 to provide for the application of inert gas to new oil tankers of less than 20,000 dwt and to new chemical tankers, as reported previously in Weekly NEWS No. 18/2006 of 5 May 2006; and will also be aware of...... More


MSC 83 - Damage Stability Verification of Oil, Chemical and Gas Tankers

INTERTANKO submitted its document MSC 82/18/4 to the 82nd session of the Maritime Safety Committee, which was held in December 2006, as advised in Weekly NEWS No. 50/2006 of 15 December 2006. However, as we reported then, this item was not discussed due to time constraints and was thus deferred to this week's 83rd session of the MSC.   In the interim period however, as advised in Weekly NEWS No...... More


MSC 83 - Code of International Standards and Recommended Practices for a Safety Investigation into a Marine Casualty or Marine Incident

As advised in Weekly NEWS No. 31/2007 of 3 August 2007, INTERTANKO co-sponsored a submission MSC 83/15/2 to MSC 83 this week jointly with, Brazil , China , Cyprus , Greece , Philippines , South Africa , the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), the International Shipping Federation (ISF), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), BIMCO and INTERCARGO.   The submission raised...... More


MSC 83 - MARPOL Annex II (Pre-wash IMO Circulars Optional Shipping Document)

The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 83) approved a draft MSC/MEPC circular on the provision of information in respect of products carried in accordance with the requirements of MARPOL Annex II and the IBC Code. A copy of this draft circular is contained in IMO document MSC 83/2/3 and may be accessed here . Parties are requested to bring this circular to the attention of their respective chemical...... More


INTERTANKO Hellenic Forum elects younger generation to chairmanship and refreshes Greek Council membership

The autumn meeting of the Hellenic Forum (and Hellenic Committee) took place in Athens this week, under the chairmanship of Manolis Vordonis of Thenamaris Ships Management.   Having completed his two-year term as leader of the Hellenic Forum, Vordonis stepped down as Chairman, and encouraged the Association’s Greek constituency, which represents almost a fifth of the membership’s tonnage, to wo...... More


INTERTANKO's Environmental Committee met in Barcelona

INTERTANKO's Environmental Committee met last week in Barcelona to continue its consideration and advancement of INTERTANKO's environmental agenda. Chaired by Mr. Dimitris Stamoudis of Minerva Marine, the two-day meeting considered policy issues, including ship recycling and port reception facilities, as well as environmental projects such as an onboard energy conservation programme and industr...... More


INTERTANKO emphasises international regulation and staying ahead of the game at International Propeller Club and Bahamas AGM in Athens

The International Propeller Club’s three-day Convention included a session on the environment at which INTERTANKO Chairman Nick Fistes gave a presentation to del egates on “The need for international regulation rather than conflicting state regulations of ships” .   Sharing a platform with BP Shipping’s Vice President of Government & Industry Simon Lisiecki and with Intercargo Chairman Nicky...... More


Equasis Editorial Board met in London this week

INTERTANKO's U.K. Regional Manager Minerva Alfonso participated in the 12 th meeting of the Equasis Editorial Board in London this week. Chaired by Sultan Riaz Khan, the meeting was attended by over 20 industry representatives   including: the International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Association of Class Societies (IACS), International Group of P & I Clubs (IG), U.K. Maritime an...... More


INTERTANKO hosts Seafarers Vetting Seminar, 26 November in Manila

In view of the INTERTANKO focus on human element-related matters, the Vetting Committee felt that it would be prudent to produce a vetting seminar for seafaring officers (home on leave) by providing training to enhance their understanding of the vetting process, of why these inspections are undertaken, and to provide them with assistance in preparing for the inspection.   INTERTANKO has hosted...... More


INTERTANKO to host Vetting Seminar, 21 November 2007, Hong Kong

INTERTANKO is holding a Vetting Seminar for its members with BP, Rightship and Petronas. It will be in the afternoon of 21 November 2007 at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel, 64 Mody Road , Kowloon , Hong Kong .   The Seminar will start at 12:00 with a buffet lunch followed by presentations by a number of speakers from BP, Rightship and Petronas, as well as by an update on INTERTANKO's Tanker Office...... More


INTERTANKO's web site could be unstable/unavailable 20-21 October

INTERTANKO's web provider will be upgrading its infrastructure on 20-21 October 2007, during which period our web site may be unstable and could also be unavailable. ... More


The Maritime Resource Management (MRM) training course

In October 2007, 26 maritime academies and training centres around the world are running the Maritime Resource Management course.   Maritime Resource Management is defined as 't he use and co-ordination of all the skills, knowledge, experience and resources available to the team to achieve the established goals of safety and efficiency of a voyage or any other safety critical task'.   The Swedi...... More


Weaker OECD oil demand – stronger non-OECD oil demand

The latest short-term forecast from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) is not good news for the tanker market.   Not only is the increase in U.S. oil demand projected to be modest, but part of the increase in demand is projected to be met by increased domestic oil production.   Total U.S. domestic petroleum consumption is projected to average 20.8 million barrels per day (mbd) in 2007,...... More



  • 17 October 2007 - Chemical Tanker Committee, London
  • 22 October 2007 – North American Panel, Houston, Texas
  • 31 October 2007 – 1 November 2007 - Latin American Panel, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 5 November 2007 - Forum on Piracy and Armed Robbery, Singapore
  • 14 November 2007 - Executive Committee, London
  • 14 November 2007 – Documentary Committee, London
  • 14-15 November 2007 - Autumn Council, London
  • 16 November 2007 - INTERTANKO/INTERCARGO U.K. Members Lunch
  • 20 November 2007 – IT Committee, Bergen, Norway       
  • 21 November 2007 – Half day (p.m.) Vetting Seminar, Hong Kong, China
  • 22 November 2007 - Vetting Committee, Hong Kong, China
  • 26 November 2007 – Vetting Seminar, Philippines
  • 20-23 April 2008 – INTERTANKO's Annual Tanker Event, Istanbul

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2006/7 publications catalogue   INTERTANKO's full publications catalogue for 2006/7 is available online as a downloadable pdf file   Four easy ways to order:   Download an this form and fax to our Oslo office on +47 22 12 26 41 Send your order by e-mail to Order directly from our online bookshop Contact Petter...... More



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