INTERTANKO's Environmental Committee gather for 23rd meeting

INTERTANKO’s Environmental Committee gathered this week at the Glasgow office of Teekay Shipping Ltd for its 23rd meeting. Under the chairmanship of Dimitris Stamoudis (Minerva Marine Inc.) the Committee took key policy decisions on ship recycling and port reception facilities whilst also acting on elements of the ballast water, biofouling and whale strike issues.


The Committee considered how best to begin the process of implementing certain elements of the IMO’s draft Convention on Ship Recycling, as per the proposed Interim Strategy. It was felt that there were a number of work areas which needed addressing to assist owners in implementing such a Strategy. It was therefore agreed that it would be worthwhile developing a guidance manual to assist owners in preparing vessels for recycling and also to help develop the owner's part of the ship recycling plan.


A questionnaire will be prepared by the Committee to gather information from members who have had first hand experience with recycling facilities. The information will then be used to form a data sheet on the INTERTANKO secure website, which may be used to assist members in the future when looking for suitable recycling facilities.


In its discussion on port waste reception facilities the Committee focused, i.a., on port state responsibility and accountability in relation to the treatment of waste once delivered to the shore. It was felt that the while many owners had been attempting to gain comprehensive information on this element of waste delivery for their environmental management systems, the matter was a question of obligation under international and national law and as such it was worthwhile bringing this to the attention of the IMO in its future deliberations on reception facilities.


Although the Committee focused on the policy issues and regulatory environmental matters facing the industry, it also gave attention to the continued need for a full definition and understanding of sustainability in the shipping industry. It was noted that there seemed to be several ways to handle the issue, and as it was becoming more pressing for the industry to act on this, then it was important for INTERTANKO to establish a lead on the matter and guide its members.


The next meeting of the Committee will be held together with the INTERTANKO Safety, Technical and Environmental Committee (ISTEC) in mid-February 2007.


Contact: Tim Wilkins