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Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Associate Members Committee (AMC) met in New York city this week

The Associate Members Committee (AMC) conducted its 25th meeting at the office of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR) on 8 September and thanks the AMC Chairman, Brad Berman, for his hospitality.


The AMC again placed the main focus of its autumn meeting on how associate members, including the AMC members themselves, could contribute to next year’s Tanker Event programme, thus making use of the substantial and varied expertise represented in the associate membership. The AMC has made some very useful suggestions that will be explored by the Committee in collaboration with the secretariat.


It was felt that ideally an IMO representative should set the scene by defining general acceptance standards. The AMC suggests that additional presentations on risk management could be delivered by representatives of various business environments, for instance: insurance, finance, environment with reference to new trades, and manning. The AMC will follow up this proposal with further discussion and action.


The AMC again revisited the representation of business sectors on the Committee. It will explore the possibility of expanding the Committee with a representative of a financial institution or bank and will furthermore consider an oil major representative for expanded scope in this important field. The AMC already has a well-known refiner/charterer on the Committee.


The London broker representative, Iain M. Shaw, had given notice of his wish to step down from the Committee due to other commitments, including his other INTERTANKO committee engagement (Worldscale Committee), which he will continue. The AMC thanked Iain for his year-long dedication to the AMC and for his highly valuable contributions during two periods of attendance. The AMC is pleased to be able to replace Iain with a highly suitable candidate: Denis Petropoulos, Managing Director of Braemar Seascope Limited, London


The AMC was also pleased to welcome Monica Bonvalet, Commercial Promotion Director of the Port of Marseille, to the AMC and looks forward to a fruitful cooperation on issues related to tanker ports. Mrs. Bonvalet replaces Peter Mollema, General Manager, Shipping and Maritime Development of the Port of Rotterdam. Mrs. Bonvalet gave an interesting presentation on the lay-out, capacities for oil, gas, containers of the Port of Marseille, Fos and Lavera and for future projects. Click here to view her presentation.


The AMC approved the pre-screening carried out by the AMC Secretary who informed that all applicants’ references had been checked and had provided satisfactory information on the general quality aspects of the respective applicants.  

Contact: Gunnar A. Knudsen