Strong attendance at INTERTANKO Hellenic Forum meeting

Last week’s meeting of INTERTANKO’s Hellenic Forum demonstrated the growing enthusiasm in the region’s membership for active participation in the Association. With over 60 delegates attending the meeting, nearly three-quarters of INTERTANKO’s Hellenic member companies were represented. 

This meeting was seen as an important milestone in the activity of the region and the input from the Forum members into INTERTANKO’s activities is highly valued. Manolis Vordonis chaired his first meeting as the Forum Chairman and explained the need to continue the tradition of the region’s tanker community by maintaining strong links within the Association and also with key shipping interests in the region, not least the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) and the Hellenic Coast Guard. 

During the course of the meeting the Forum considered a number of key INTERTANKO issues, including the EU’s Directive on ship-source pollution, regional pilotage working groups and environmental issues due to be discussed at the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting later in March. 

The meeting was enhanced by the participation of the Hellenic Coastguard and in particular of Commodore (HCG) Giannimaris, Commander Spanos and Commander Katsoulis, who provided the Forum with three informative presentations on European Union developments, statistics on tankers from the Paris MoU inspection records, and developments in on the Paris MoU inspection regime. 

These presentations can be viewed on the INTERTANKO web site at: https://www.intertanko.com/about/presentations/. 

Following the presentations by the Hellenic Coast Guard, BP Shipping’s Simon Lisiecki spoke to the Forum about BP’s new objectives in raising the bar for the tanker sector, ensuring that a positive communication and cooperation exist between the tanker operators and BP by working together on shared problem areas. During an open and constructive discussion, the Forum responded positively to the efforts of Lisiecki and his colleagues and warmly welcomed this initiative. INTERTANKO will continue its liaison with BP and will examine further a strategy to fulfil both BP and INTERTANKO’s objectives in all aspects related to the effective management of tanker issues such as terminal quality, vetting issues and reception facilities. 

INTERTANKO is extremely grateful to both the Hellenic Coast Guard and to Simon Lisiecki for preparing the presentations and attending the meeting to answer members’ questions. 

Contact: Tim Wilkins