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Friday, December 15, 2017

International shipping out in force in St. Petersburg

Senior representatives from the IMO, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), European Commission, Maritime Administrations, Port State Control (PSC), classification societies, maritime universities, shipping associations and other organisations met last week (17-18 October 2007) in St Petersburg.

 

The occasion was the Tenth International Seminar hosted by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping and the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation. Under the continuing banner of "Substandard Shipping – Solution Through Partnership", it had as its theme "International Initiatives: Time for Breakthrough". The delegates were mostly representatives of ship owners and shipping interests from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Baltic and Black Sea region.

 

The Seminar covered a wide variety of legislative, regulatory, safety, environmental, technical and operational initiatives to improve shipping (and to eliminate the substandard elements), with many referencing the important role of the human element. All of the presentations are available on the Register's website at http://www.rs-head.spb.ru. In the informal sessions discussions covered developments in the Port State Control regimes represented, (Paris, Tokyo, Black Sea and Mediterranean MoUs and USCG), local issues in the regions of the Administrations present (including the Baltic, Black, Caspian, and Mediterranean Seas, the Americas and Australia) and more.

 

During the seminar many tributes were paid to Igor Ponomarev, formerly the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the IMO, and erstwhile Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), and a major force behind, and contributor to, all of the previous Russian seminars. Recognition was given to the awarding posthumously of the IMO's prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2006 to Ponomarev, who was the serving chairman of the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at the time of his sudden death last October.

 

In his presentation to the seminar, INTERTANKO MD Dr Peter Swift addressed initiatives to improve safety. He highlighted that tanker owners (and others) had been investing heavily in hardware, and that attention was now being directed towards the necessary investment in people. He referred to the commitments that had been made to continuous improvement and working together and spoke of the principles, and success, of the Poseidon Challenge.

 

He also gave other examples of initiatives taken by INTERTANKO such as lifeboat safety, pilotage, the Reception Facilities Forum and the development of Tanker Officer Training Standards (TOTS) as an industry standard, as well as its contribution to many other initiatives including the evolution of common structural rules, the development of interim measures for recycling and proposals to reduce air emissions. He also spoke of new activities to encourage incident reporting and the greater sharing of information across industry and industry bodies. A copy of his presentation may be viewed here . 

Contact: Peter Swift