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Executive Committee focuses on piracy and GHG emissions

The first INTERTANKO Executive Committee meeting of 2009 was held on 21 January 2009 in Dubai under the chairmanship of Nicholas G. Fistes.


Two issues dominated the agenda, Piracy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Shipping.




INTERTANKO's Managing Director, Dr Peter Swift, and Marine Director, Capt Howard Snaith, reported on recent developments regarding piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off the Somali Coast. This included military and naval co-ordination, the latest self-protection measures, the group transit concept and the MSCHOA initiative launched by EUNAVFOR (see piracy summary above). INTERTANKO continues to strive to raise awareness of piracy issues. Together with other industry bodies, the Secretariat has met with a U.S. delegation including the Assistant Secretary, Department of State for Military Affairs and the MARAD Administrator. INTERTANKO also participated in meetings with NATO and EUNAVFOR. Capt Snaith is currently seconded to the Headquarters of Northwood as part of the MSCHOA team. Dr Swift will attend high level sub-regional IMO meeting in Djibouti representing industry as part of a U.N. Working Group on Piracy off the coast of Somalia.


INTERTANKO and other industry partners under the coordination of OCIMF have also developed a booklet 'Practical Measures to Avoid, Deter, and Delay Piracy Attacks in the Gulf of Aden and other Waters near the Horn of Africa – A Seafarers Guide' with the aim of distributing practical advice to all ships. In addition to distributing this to Members, it will also be available to others through various outlets, such as when transiting the Suez Canal. The intention is to promote awareness and ensure maximum exposure to good practices. (For further information, please see piracy summary article above, or contact Howard Snaith).


The Executive Committee confirmed the view of the vast majority of members and continues to oppose the arming of crews and the use of armed guards on board ships. However, it gave its provisional support to an initiative by the USCG to embark trained (unarmed) African maritime police officers for judicial purposes. These would assist in prosecution of any captured pirates. The Executive Committee encourages volunteers from the INTERTANKO Membership to join the MSCHOA initiative as Maritime Liaison Officers. In addition, all Members with vessels transiting the Gulf of Aden are strongly encouraged to register these on the MSCHOA website at


Reduction of Green House Gas (GHG) Emissions


INTERTANKO's Managing Director, Dr Peter Swift, and Technical Director, Dragos Rauta, gave a report on INTERTANKO's continued role in industry initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. In particular they noted the package of solutions for GHG from shipping, currently under discussion at the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEP) include:


1.      Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI);

2.      Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEMP), including a ship Energy Efficiency Operational Index (EEOI);


while it remains to be seen what course will be followed for possible Market Based Instruments (MBI) such as:


a) levy on fuel and setting up an International GHG Fund

b) an Emission Trading System (ETS)

c) other approaches


Dr Swift also outlined the proposals from the European Union (EU) to include shipping in the European Emissions Trading Scheme, in the absence of a prompt international solution emerging from the IMO this year.


Christian Breinholt, Director of the Danish Maritime Authority attended the meeting to give a presentation on the Danish Proposal to the IMO on an International GHG Fund. Breinholdt suggested that MBIs will be part of a regulatory package on ships, whether through IMO or through regional regulations. He therefore invited INTERTANKO to consider this assumption and be proactively involved into promoting such a solution through the IMO regulatory package.

Click here to view his presentation, or see attachment to Minutes.


The Executive Committee members discussed the various market-based instruments, and indicated their general support for a bunker compensation approach, should an MBI be employed. The Executive Committee requested that, based on the agreement they had reached, the Secretariat develops a policy paper on this issue to be discussed at regional Panel Meetings and at Council in May 2009.


Tanker Officer Training Standards (TOTS) Progress Report


Marine Director Capt Howard Snaith reported on the progress of the TOTS project. The Four TOTS training books and computer-based assessments had seen steady sales in 2008. TOTS is now being developed in electronic format to meet membership demand.


Presentation by Director of OCIMF


The Director of the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), Capt Phil Davies (seconded to OCIMF from Chevron Shipping, USA) gave a presentation on the work of OCIMF, items high on its agenda and issues of mutual interest.


Other issues discussed were:


  • Hebei Spirit - detention of the Master and Chief Officer
  • Erika – The Cour de Cassation decision on the EU Waste Directive
  • US EPA NPDES permits
  • INTERTANKO meetings with IMPA/APA
  • Insurance renewals
  • European Court of Human Rights decision on Capt Mangouras of the Prestige
  • New INTERTANKO Model Vetting Inspection Clause


The next meeting of the Executive Committee will be in Tokyo on 13 May 2009 during the Tokyo Tanker Event.


Contact: Michele White