Joint Chemical and Vetting Seminar held this week in Houston

This week INTERTANKO hosted a joint Chemical and Vetting seminar at the Wyndham Greenspoint Hotel in Houston, Texas. Over 75 people attended the full-day seminar comprising a chemical session in the morning and a vetting session in the afternoon.  The presentations during the chemical session, chaired by the INTERTANKO Chemical Tanker Committee Chairman Lars Modin, included: 

An Overview of the MARPOL Annex II Revisions, Pre & Post 1/1/2007 - Margaret Doyle, Chemicals Manager, INTERTANKO. 

U.S. CoastGuardHoustonSectorPort Update and How Changes to “Sector Houston” Will Affect the Chemical Owner  - CDR Joseph Paitl, Chief,Port Operations, US Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security. 

Implementation of MARPOL Annex II in the USA - CDR Bob Hennessy, Chief, Hazardous Materials Standards Branch, US Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security. (We hope to be able to circulate this presentation next week.) 

Tripartite Agreements and Bio Fuels, Maurice Gordon, President, Maritime Systems Engineering, Inc.  

The presentions in the afternoon vetting session, chaired by Captain Bob Bishop, Vetting Committee Chairman, included: 

Chevron Clearing and Vetting and System - Tom Pappas, Clearance Team Leader, Chevron Clearance and Vetting. (We are unable to circulate a copy of this presentation.) 

Introduction to BP Ship Terminal Feedback Integration with Intertanko Terminal Vetting Database. - Jim Fortnum, Offshore Assurance Superintendent, BP. 

USCG Port State Control and Qualship 21 Programs- Cdr Paul D. Thorne, Commandant (G-PCV-2) Chief Foreign Vessel & Offshore Activities, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security. 

A Partnership for Managing Risks  - Captain Bill Harkness, SUNOCO Logistics Partners. 

A Demonstration of  - A Service of INTERTANKO - Peter Renehan, Q88.Com. 

The meeting was well received and appreciated by members and non-members alike. The views expressed by the invited speakers within these presentations are that of the presenters and not necessarily that of INTERTANKO.   

The presentations that are available can be viewed on the INTERTANKO web site at: 


Contact: Howard Snaith  or  Margaret Doyle