INTERTANKO Chemical Tanker Sub-committee of the Americas (CTSCA) meets in Houston, Texas

The fifth meeting of INTERTANKO’s Chemical Tanker Sub-committee of the Americas (CTSCA) was held last week in Houston, Texas.This Sub-committee of the INTERTANKO Chemical Tanker Committee (CTC) was formed in April 2003 to ensure full U.S. representation and to support the work of the CTC while handling specific regional issues that arise from the Americas. CTSCA participation is open to both full and associate members.  

Members participating in this Sub-committee meeting (chaired by Knut Dybvik of Odfjell USA) included shipowner and charterer representatives. The agenda included developing the work programme for 2005/2006; reviewing any issues outstanding from CTSCA 4 held in December 2004; follow-up of action items requested by the CTC including the tight timeline for submitting the product data missing from chapter 17 or 18 of the revised International Bulk Chemical (IBC) Code; the effort to raise awareness that owners and operators should submit applications for their new P&A Manuals (under the revised Code) as soon as possible. 

The CTSCA Chairman discussed the ongoing work of the “Inter-Industry Working Group” made up of a number of industry representatives to investigate the recent explosions on board chemical and product tankers. The CTSCA Secretary reported on the ongoing work of the U.S. Coast Guard Chemical Tanker Advisory Committee. In conjunction with this issue the work of a parallel working group under the Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC) umbrella was also discussed. The aim of this work is to upgrade the Declaration of Inspection, to make it more international in scope, to incorporate security/Certain Dangerous Cargo (CDC) issues into it, and reduce redundant of check lists. Tricia Clark, the newly elected Chair of HOGANSAC, also attended the CTSCA meeting, updating the Sub-committee on HOGANSAC's recent activities.  

The Sub-committee met with Commander, Marine Safety Office (MSO) Houston, Captain Richard Kaser. Captain Kaser has been meeting with the Sub-committee since its inception to discuss the issues facing the shipowner with vessels coming into the Houston Galveston Captain of The Port (COTP) Zone.  

The afternoon portion of the forum included an open session that included the following presentations:

Change of Times, Electronic Bills of Lading Are Coming, by Alexander Goulandris from ESS;

Will the Electronic Data Rules Threaten Chaos, by Peter Pallas, Inchcape Shipping Services, North America. 

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A full report of the Sub-committee meeting will be posted on the INTERTANKO website once it has been approved by the Sub-committee.  

The next CTSCA meeting will be held in early October 2005 in conjunction with the next INTERTANKO North American Panel Meeting. 

Contact: Margaret Doyle