Report from the INTERTANKO Technical Seminar - Mumbai 20 September 2005

We are pleased to report on a well attended and supported INTERTANKO Technical Seminar held this week at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai. 

There were presentations and discussion on a variety of topical issues, including port state control and vessel inspections; emission control, air pollution and MARPOL Annex VI; vetting inspections and terminal vetting. 

Presentations included:  

  • PortState Control Related Issues – Capt. Howard Snaith, Marine Director
  • MARPOL 73/78 Annex VI, Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships – Dr Timothy Gunner, Technical Consultant
  • GHG Indexing of Ships - Dr Timothy Gunner
  • Terminal Vetting Database & Vetting Inspection Feedback Forms – Capt. Howard Snaith
  • The VOCON Project – Dr Timothy Gunner
  • Ship Inspections and The Screening Process – Capt. Howard Snaith 

These are now available on the INTERTANKO web site at

Also included is the presentation by Environmental Manager Tim Wilkins, who was unable to attend as a speaker at the event due to illness.  

  • Ballast Water Management & Ship Recycling - The Practical Implications and Considerations for the tanker operator – Tim Wilkins, Environmental Manager

The Technical Seminar took place the day before the Indian Shipping Summit Conference, at which Capt. Howard Snaith was invited to make a presentation. Whilst highlighting India's total commitment to safe sea transport, as well as noting its buoyant shipping activity - its refining capacity alone has more than doubled in the last 15 years - Capt. Snaith pointed out that it was nonetheless up to the whole industry, not just the tanker owners, to make a commitment to achieve the best possible standards as they go about satisfying the needs of their customers and the expectations of the public. 

Contact: Howard Snaith