Verbal report given to IMO's MSC by the Inter-Industry Working Group regarding industry investigations into explosions on board chemical and products tankers

An Inter-Industry Working Group (IIWG) was formally established in January 2005 - comprising the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), INTERTANKO, the International Parcel Tankers Association (IPTA), the Oil Companies' International Marine Forum (OCIMF) and the International Group of P & I Clubs - to review a number of fire and explosion incidents on board chemical and products tankers. In other words, the shipping industry, the oil and chemical industries, the ports, classification and insurance industries have come together to address this crucial issue.  

Under a Steering Committee composed of the associations' CEOs, an expert working group has been formed to conduct the study, and the IMO Secretariat has also been invited to join the group as an observer.

The IIWG last week gave a verbal report to the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) on the work undertaken by the group - click here to download. 

Following due discussion at the plenary session of the MSC, it was agreed that the Committee would strongly urge the other flag States to provide the IMO and, through the IMO Secretariat, the IIWG, with the outstanding reports on the investigation into the casualties listed. It would also urge Member States, in general, to respond positively to the requests for related casualty investigation findings that they may receive from the IIWG. 

Click here for the relevant extract of the report.


Contact: Howard Snaith