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Thursday, October 18, 2018

INTERTANKO Executive Committee meets in London

The second INTERTANKO Executive Committee meeting of 2010 was held on 5 May 2010 in London, followed the next day by the Council Meeting and 40th Anniversary celebrations. The meeting was chaired by Capt Graham Westgarth, President of Teekay Marine Services.


Dr Swift gave an overview of the 2009 financial results highlighting a  positive outcome with no need to call on the contingency funds. Publications have sold well throughout the year and cost cutting initiatives have also had a positive effect on the result. Dr Swift also reviewed the continuing work being carried out by the Secretariat on the Organisational Review. In particular, a series of Work Plans have been developed in 15 key areas of activity to assist in identifying INTERTANKO priorities and the tactical management of those items.


The Committee continues to discuss the issue of Greenhouse Gases. Mr Rauta reported on the outcome of MEPC 60 and the next steps. He outlined the work done with other industry bodies and DNV to collate information and assess a variety of measures for emissions reduction for ships. This requires further work to take account of those measures already adopted,  and to be clear on the underlying modelling assumptions made in producing its data. The development of EEDI for new ships, SEEMP/EEOI for all ships and, if required MBIs were also covered. 


Piracy continues to dominate the Committee Agenda, including the efforts of the international naval assets in the area. It was agreed that the problem has now been pushed into the Indian Ocean and a new strategy needs to be developed for that area. The Committee felt that more could be done to bring the problem into the public eye; to imply that without a proper strategy to protect merchant ships in the area, ships may stop going to the area. The Committee also noted the impact of the U.S. Executive Order concerning Somalia.


The Committee commended INTERTANKO’s influence in two U.S. lawsuits: the first involves a motion filed by the U.S. Government and industry coalition permanently enjoining the State of Massachusetts from enforcing its manning and tug escort requirements on tank vessels operating in Buzzards Bay. The second case involves a successful outcome in the U.S. Supreme Court in the Stolt v Animalfeeds case where it was held, in line with the industry amicus brief, that there can be no class arbitration unless there is an express provision for it in the arbitration agreement.


Further important issues, including the adoption of the HNS Protocol, IMO Year of the Seafarer, Chinese Marine Pollution Regulations and the consequences of the ongoing Deepwater/Horizon oil spill for tankers were discussed.


Contact: Michele White