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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

INTERTANKO Tanker Event - First Poseidon Challenge Award presented to IACS

This week has seen the first Poseidon Challenge Award presented to the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) by Willem De Ruiter, Executive Director of the European Maritime Safety Agency, for its work on the successful introduction of the new IACS Common Structural Rules for Tankers (CSR), including the accelerated introduction of the new IMO Standards for Protective Coatings (PSPC) more than 18 months in advance of their mandated IMO implementation date.


De Ruiter stressed the need for proactiveness and voluntary initiatives such as the IACS CSR and the Poseidon Challenge itself, and that with proactive behaviour from the shipping industry we have an international regulatory regime that really works.


He also praised IACS Chairman, Tor Svensen, for his personal involvement in the CSR initiative.




The general realisation that the zero goals of the Poseidon Challenge (zero fatalities, zero pollution, zero detentions) are only achievable through continuous improvement at all levels has encouraged many industry players to make commitments to the principles of the Poseidon Challenge and to share their progress in achieving those commitments.


The Poseidon Challenge Award was created to recognise outstanding accomplishments in continuous improvement in the maritime industry. The judging panel consisted of five members: Nicholas Fistes, Chairman of INTERTANKO; Chris Horrocks, former Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping; Thimio Mitropoulos, IMO Secretary General; Thomas Tay, General Secretary for the Singapore Maritime Officers' Union; Stephen Van Dyck, Chairman of the Poseidon Challenge.


Fifteen entries were received, nominating individuals, companies, associations, equipment, publications to receive the Award. Click here for a summary of the nominations.


Nominations were required to be based upon one or more of the following:

1. Sustained commitment to continuous improvement.

2. Voluntary efforts to raise or set higher standards for performance.

3. Significant outreach toward working together with other sectors in the maritime industry.

4. Setting goals of excellence and taking tangible steps toward achieving the goals.

5. Leadership in moving the maritime industry towards continuous improvement.


Contact: Bill Box