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No. 20/2008




84th session of Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 84) running late

The   84 th session of the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 84) is today running late. Reports on items not included in the following two articles will be included in next week's Weekly NEWS. ... More


MSC 84 - Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) issue in IMO continues

An initiative taken back in 2002 by some flag states and industry (the Oil Companies' International Marine Forum ( OCIMF) and INTERTANKO) triggered action in the IMO to define a standard format for Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to be delivered to ships carrying MARPOL Annex I cargoes and to all ships when taking bunker supply.   It was suggested that the initial recommendation for such a...... More


MSC 84 - Fixed Hydrocarbon Gas Detection on double hull tankers

Members may recall previous reports on the European Union (EU) and industry initiative at the IMO to suggest that the current standards for gas detection adopted by the majority of double hull tankers be mandated through an amendment to the SOLAS Convention.   The proposed amendment would require fixed hydrocarbon gas detection systems to be installed in the ballast and void spaces of double hu...... More


INTERTANKO congratulates Yoshio Sasamura on his retirement

INTERTANKO would like to congratulate Yoshio Sasamura of Japan on his retirement after a long and illustrious career of more than 50 years' service dedicated to improving maritime safety and protection of the marine environment at the International Maritime Organization (IMO).   For the past 19 years Sasamura was the Technical Advisor of the Ship Technology Research Association of Japan on the...... More


Revised Guidelines for the Charter of vessels to Indian Ports under Section 406 and 407 of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958

The Indian Government has issued revised guidelines covering the charter of vessels to Indian ports under section 406 and 407 of the Indian Merchant Shipping Act, 1958. This revision to existing guidelines ( DGS Circulars Nos. 7 of 2003 dated 11.06.03 and 8 of 2003 dated 14.08.2003 ) covers periods of foul weather around the Indian coast and has been issued following a concern regarding the...... More


Equasis Editorial Board meets in London

The 13th meeting of the Equasis Editorial Board took place in London this week, with over 15 industry representatives attending including: International Association of Class Societies (IACS), International Group of P & I Clubs (IG), European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), U.K. Department of Transport, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Lloyd's Register – Fairplay, the Green Award...... More


INTERTANKO presents its Tanker Officer Training Standards (TOTS) at the OSG European Officer Manning Conference, Rijeka

INTERTANKO was honoured to be invited by New York-based ship owning company OSG to Rijeka this week, to make a presentation to the OSG "European Officer Manning Conference" on INTERTANKO's Tanker Officer Training Standards (TOTS) system.   Whilst this was the first presentation of the TOTS system given specifically to an INTERTANKO member company, a host of other respected industry representati...... More


INTERTANKO Tanker Officer Training Standards (TOTS) - details of access to the TOTS modules

Members will by now be fully aware of the TOTS initiative by INTERTANKO, which aims to provide an alternative system of measuring an officer’s experience for "Time in Rank" and "Time in Company" and which was well received when it was launched during our annual Tanker Event in Istanbul.   We are pleased to provide details of the availability of the various parts of the TOTS system and where and...... More


INTERTANKO's ILO 180/MLC 2006 guidance booklet now available

This new INTERTANKO booklet aims to evaluate how the safety management system could be used to assist in establishing a compliance guidance document for ILO 180/MLC 2006 and provides guidance on:   a)      how to implement, comply, monitor and audit the hours of work or rest requirements and b)      how to provide documentary evidence of compliance.   The book was produced jointly by INTERTANKO...... More


COSCO announces November dates for 2008 Shipping Summit

COSCO has advised that the 2008 World Shipping ( China ) Summit will be held in Dalian on November 5-7, 2008. The theme of this year’s conference is “ Navigating Cross-Currents “, and INTERTANKO has once again accepted to be an Honorary Organiser.   Further details on the event will be provided in coming weeks at   Contact : Peter Swift ... More


Joe Angelo – IMO “Masters” Champion 2008

Despite there being no Green Jacket for the winner, that the tournament was not played at Augusta and that it was the “Mariners” Cup and not The Masters, INTERTANKO’s   DMD Joe Angelo emerged as the IMO’s Golf Champion last weekend.   With the undoubted benefit of a rather random handicapping system, Tiger Joe has at last now got his name on the MSC Trophy. Rumours of Joe turning professional a...... More


Who killed the Brussels civil liability directive?

The Brussels directive has been killed off and the main suspect is understandably shy about admitting its role, writes Lloyd's List's Justin Stares in Brussels .   THE European Union directive on civil liability for shipowners is lying bleeding on the floor. It is gasping for breath after being stabbed numerous times and is not expected to pull through.   There is little hope for its supporters...... More


Downward revision of oil demand

Although market fundamentals are deteriorating, the market is staying strong. The ( Paris-based) International Energy Agency ( IEA) again revised its estimate for world oil demand downwards and it is now projected to increase by only 1.03 mbd in 2008. Oil demand in the U.S. is expected to be reduced by 0.44 mbd. The tanker market will have to rely on the increase in demand in China (+0.37 mbd),...... More



  • 20 May 2008 - INTERTANKO's Worldscale Committee meeting, London
  • 25 June 2008 - INTERTANKO/INTERCARGO U.K. Members Lunch Seminar, London
  • 04 September 2008 – Human Element in Shipping Committee meeting, London
  • 11 September 2008 – Executive Committee meeting, Monaco
  • 12-13 September 2008 – ISTEC meeting, Monaco
  • 15 September 2008 – Associate Members Committee meeting, Connecticut
  • 23-24 September 2008 – Chemical Tanker Sub-committee (Americas) meeting, Boston
  • 14 October 2008 – North American Panel meeting, Houston
  • 23 October 2008 – Hellenic Mediterranean Panel meeting, Athens
  • 28-29 October 2008 – Latin American Panel meeting, Cancun, Mexico
  • 3/5 November 2008 – Asian Regional Panel meeting, Hong Kong
  • 12 November 2008 – Chemical Tanker Committee meeting, Singapore
  • 17 November 2008 – Executive Committee meeting, London
  • 18 November 2008 – Council meeting, London
  • 19 November 2008 - INTERTANKO/INTERCARGO U.K. Members Lunch Seminar, London

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NEW 2007/8 publications catalogue now available!   Click here to download INTERTANKO's full publications catalogue for 2007/2008 with over 40 titles.   4 easy ways to send us your order:   Online:          Order directly from our online bookshop E-mail:          Send your order by e-mail to Fax:             Download this form and fax to our Oslo office on +47 22 12 26 41...... More