INTERTANKO Technical Seminar later this month in Mumbai tackles and discusses crucial environmental issues

Crucial environmental issues which are to be the subject of upcoming international regulations will form the topics for presentations by the INTERTANKO secretariat and for discussion by our members and associate members at the Association's Technical Seminar in Mumbai on 20 September 2005 

The new Ballast Water Convention, ship recycling, air pollution and greenhouse gases, and emissions of volatile organic compounds will be the focus of this seminar – all issues that are the subject of regulation going through the IMO right now. 

The significance to the industry of the new Ballast Water Convention may be inferred from the fourteen sets of guidelines being developed by the IMO to aid in implementing the Convention's requirements. Together with the uncertainties related to the treatment technologies being developed, there are a number of issues which the industry will need to address between now and 2009. These issues will be highlighted by INTERTANKO's Environment Manager Tim Wilkins along with other issues which need to be considered by tanker operators, providing guidance on concerns which have been expressed by INTERTANKO members. 

Wilkins will also cover practical elements related to ship recycling and the ship operators' responsibility. While the IMO has agreed to move forward with a legally binding instrument covering ship recycling, the industry is still under pressure to continue working in a voluntary manner to overcome some of the human and environmental problems associated with ship recycling. The presentation will highlight those areas of the voluntary guidelines which are likely to become mandatory and explain how steps taken today may assist in the implementation of any requirements in the future. 

Contact: Howard Snaith or Tim Wilkins or Dr Timothy Gunner