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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Report from INTERTANKO Executive Committee meeting last week in Hong Kong

The first Executive Committee meeting in 2008 was held last week in Hong Kong on 25 January 2008, under the chairmanship of Nicholas G. Fistes.


Ships Emissions


Revision of MARPOL Annex VI


INTERTANKO's Technical Director, Dragos Rauta reported that the activity of the IMO Secretary General's Informal Cross Government/Industry Scientific Group of Experts to evaluate the effects of the different fuel options proposed under the revision of MARPOL Annex VI has now been completed. The report was registered as an IMO/BLG 12 document late December 2007.


For BLG 12, INTERTANKO has submitted two papers. The first paper lists the advantages of using Marine Diesel Oil (MDO) on a global basis, while assessing whether alternative solutions, particularly scrubbers, could provide similar advantages. The second paper analyses the concerns related to a total switch to MDO as compared to other alternative solutions.


At the request of the Executive Committee and Council, the Secretariat has prepared and distributed to INTERTANKO Members a comprehensive paper explaining the advantages of mandating the use of low sulphur distillate on a global basis.


Reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions


Managing Director Dr. Peter Swift reported on the status of action items following the mandate given by the INTERTANKO Council for the Association to be involved, and play a leading role, in industry initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.


The INTERTANKO Ad-Hoc Working Group on Ship GHG Emissions & Ship GHG Emissions Trading has been initiated in discussion with Henrik von Platen (coordinator). The Ad-Hoc Group will initially define the guiding principles for INTERTANKO's future engagement in developments for reducing GHG/CO2 emissions from ships.


Dr. Swift reported on the inter-Industry meeting on GHG reduction held on 13 December 2007 in London, and organised by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) with the assistance of the London Office of the Japanese Shipowners' Association, which agreed to establish two working groups:


-          a working group on Indexing and Economic Drivers for GHG reduction from International Shipping, which should assess the various indexing and emissions trading systems proposed for ships respectively and consider whether better proposals could be developed for indexing and/or economical drivers.


-          a working group on Operational and Technical Measures for GHG reduction from International Shipping, which should provide an analysis of the various measures that can be taken using new and existing methods and technologies to reduce GHG emissions from ships, including an assessment of the likely percentage reductions achievable via any of the combined measures assessed.


The Executive Committee agreed that particular attention needs to be given to establishing a methodology of defining the base line for GHG emissions from ships, including a means for the validation of such a methodology.


Straits of Malacca and Singapore: Aids to Navigation Fund


Asia Regional Manager Tim Wilkins reported on the follow-up actions after the Council decided at its last meeting in November 2007 to support the industry contributions to the Aids to Navigation Fund through a credible mechanism. The Council gave the Secretariat the mandate to coordinate with other stakeholders in developing this mechanism for industry contributions. Subsequent to this decision the Secretariat has continued to maintain an active role in communications with the three main parties concerned: a) the littoral states through the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA); b) The Nippon Foundation and the Nippon Maritime Centre (Singapore); c) Industry Partners and the Round Table of international shipping associations. In addition, he also reported on the recommendations made by the newly established INTERTANKO Straits Working Group for improving the safety of navigation in the Straits.


The management of the Fund from a financial standpoint was discussed at a joint littoral states/Nippon Foundation meeting in Tokyo, 14-16 January 2008. The views of INTERTANKO on the establishment of a credible mechanism are being taken into consideration. The MPA has advised that INTERTANKO's commitment is positive but that inclusion in the Project Steering Committee is still not possible until funds have been received from member company(ies).

Equasis requests to include vessels' oil spill incident record


U.K. Regional Manager Minerva Alfonso reported on the meetings held with the International Group of P & I Clubs (IG), The International Tanker Owners' Pollution Federation (ITOPF), and the Round Table (RT) to discuss the Equasis request to include vessels' oil spill incidents data on the Equasis website.


Industry partners shared the view that it was not the original purpose of Equasis to include these data, and they believe that it is not appropriate for raw casualty/pollution data to be recorded on the Equasis website - data which can be easily misused and may have serious implications for the vessel owner.


Individuals or parties seeking information on vessels' oil spill incident records should be directed to specialist organisations like ITOPF and the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds), which can provide comprehensive accounts of incidents. This would fulfil their needs better than allowing incomplete raw data to be published on the Equasis website.


Tanker Officer Training Standards (TOTS) Progress Report


Marine Director Capt Howard Snaith reported on the progress of the TOTS project, which was principally intended to provide tanker industry standards covering officer competences, onboard and shore training, "time in rank" and "time with company", and also to alleviate the problems and difficulties that tanker owners are encountering with the different "officer matrix" requirements of certain charterers. It also aims to address the current increasing trends in tanker accidents.


The Four TOTS training books were completed prior to the end of 2007, and were reviewed by TOTS, the Vetting Committee, and the Human Element in Shipping Committee (HEiSC) in January. The Vetting Committee Chairman and committee Secretary have also met with OCIMF and Chevron to discuss their views and to receive feedback on the TOTS system. The target date for the launch of the TOTS system is 21 April 2008.


Other issues discussed were:


·             COSCO Busan Incident

·             California Air Resources Board (CARB) Air Emission Standards

·             Massachusetts Lawsuit

·             Lawsuit on ballast water discharges

·             EU Ship Source Pollution Directive

·             European Competition laws

·             Quality of Bunkers

·             ILO 180 guidance book for INTERTANKO members


The Committee also considered a long-term strategic communications and public relations plan for the Association.


The next meeting of the Executive Committee will be in Istanbul on 20 April 2008.


Contact: Minerva R. Alfonso