Human Element

INTERTANKO’s Council established a new committee in 2005 focusing on the human element in recognition of the crucial importance of this aspect to the tanker industry and to all aspects of the Association’s technical and operational work.

This committee is called the Human Element in Shipping Committee (HEiSC).

In addition to considering the attraction, training and retention of seafarers, this group inter alia will examine the interaction of the human element with aspects of ship design and operation, and the development of enhanced compliance cultures.

This is an extension of ongoing work to share information, to develop best practice guides, and to consider the possible need for modified legislation. The group's work will also focus on human "compliance" related issues.

It is also a further INTERTANKO initiative to lead the continuous improvement of the Tanker Industry’s performance in striving to achieve the goals of zero fatalities, zero pollution and zero detentions.

Latest Human Element Updates

18.09.2015 - 11:18 GMT

European Commission publishes new package to tackle irregular migration

Following up on the European Agenda on Migration, the Commission presented on 15 September a new package of proposals to address the ongoing refugee crisis. It includes measures aimed at reducing t...... Login to view this article

25.06.2015 - 17:23 GMT

Illegal migration by sea: EU launches naval operation in the Mediterranean

To put a stop to the dramatic loss of life in the Mediterranean, the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) launched on 22 June an EU naval operation to combat human traffickers in the Mediterranean (...... Login to view this article

19.06.2015 - 10:40 GMT

Human Element in Shipping Committee meeting minutes now online

The Human Element in Shipping Committee (HEiSC) held its 20th meeting in Athens in April, kindly hosted by Maran Tankers. The minutes of that meeting may be downloaded here. Contact : Phil Belcher ... Login to view this article

12.06.2015 - 12:25 GMT

USCG – Seafarers' access to maritime facilities

The US Coast Guard has published a correction to its 27 May 2015 proposal concerning seafarers' access to maritime facilities to clarify that comments on the proposal must be received by 27 July. Y...... Login to view this article


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Dr Phillip Belcher
Director, Marine
P: +44 20 7977 7033

Adele Robinson
Assistant Manager, Marine
P: +44 20 7977 7010