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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

INTERTANKO addresses IMO Council members

INTERTANKO was part of a panel of distinguished speakers from the shipping industry that was this week invited to address Council Members of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) at its 100th Council session.


Celebrating 60 years of the IMO in the service of shipping were BIMCO President Philip Embiricos, ICS Chairman Spiros Polemis, Intercargo Secretary General Roger Holt, International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) General Secretary David Cockcroft, with Ugo Salerno representing the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) in addition to INTERTANKO.


INTERTANKO’s Deputy Managing Director Joe Angelo was uniquely placed to address such a gathering since he has sat on both sides of the fence in the IMO – representing the United States for many years and then latterly representing INTERTANKO – a perfect ‘gamekeeper turned poacher’ situation, said Chris Horrocks, former ICS Secretary General, who was chairing the session.


Seen from the flag state side of the fence, Angelo commented how the representatives from member states use contributions from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) when it suits them – but he emphasised how clear it is that NGOs are trying to have useful input.


Seen from the NGO side of the fence, Angelo  focused on how the NGOs want to help the IMO do things a better way to achieve not just regulation but workable regulation. He added that the Round Table, as the shipping industry working together, improves that assistance. But the best thing of all out of the industry working with the IMO is international regulation for an international industry, he said.


And what of the future of the IMO and the shipping industry? Angelo referred to INTERTANKO’s Strategic Plan where its members have pledged to strive towards zero fatalities, zero pollution and zero detentions. “It’s better to shoot for a bold goal than have a goal that tolerates some fatalities, some pollution and some detentions,” said Angelo. He went on to emphasise that proactiveness is the key to successful future regulation, and that reactive regulation should now be a thing of the past.


The IMO and the Round Table have published a brochure which was distributed to all the IMO’s Council Members, entitled IMO: 60 Years in the Service of Shipping.


To view and/or download  click here


Contact: Joe Angelo