Environmental Committee meet in Rome

Ship recycling and the Environmental Challenge were among the main issues discussed by INTERTANKO’s Environmental Committee last week when it met in Rome for its 17th meeting. In the glorious surroundings of the offices of the Italian Ship Owners’ Association, Confitarma, the Committee Chairman, Dott. Paolo d’Amico, steered the meeting through 16 agenda items.

With continuing pressure from various environmental organisations the issue of ship recycling was at the top of the Committee’s agenda. In taking the matter forward the Committee agreed that it would benefit INTERTANKO’s members and the industry in general if the current IMO Guidelines on Ship Recycling could be implemented as soon as possible. This would demonstrate a willingness by the industry to apply voluntary requirements. The Committee recommended that INTERTANKO should assist its members in implementing the Guidelines by advising on the development of the hazardous materials inventory and by building a directory of recycling facilities for members to assess the merits of different facilities.

On the matter of port reception facilities the Committee voiced its concern over the low levels of reporting on inadequate facilities. Developments in ballast water regulatory requirements and treatment technology were also reviewed by the Committee, which noted that treatment technology was advancing further but still required full scale vessel trials before viable solutions could be identified.

A lengthy discussion took place regarding the INTERTANKO Environmental Challenge. The judging panel was selected. Judging will take place at the Committee’s next meeting early next year with a successful entrant being identified and announced at the INTERTANKO Tanker Event in March 2004.

Contact: Tim Wilkins