EMSA expert Panel on double hull tankers continues discussions

The second meeting of the Panel (of experts) on double hull tankers was held last week in Brussels, hosted by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). INTERTANKO was represented by its Safety Technical and Environmental Committee (ISTEC) Chairman and Vice-Chairman, Dean Tseretopoulos and Stefan Nystrom, and by its Managing Director Dr. Peter Swift. They were joined by representatives from the IMO, IACS, OCIMF, CESA, ICS and BIMCO.

The purpose was to finalise the Terms of Reference for the Panel (see Weekly NEWS No 19 of 7 May 2004) and to review the submissions of the principal participants. These submissions identified areas of the structure of double hull tankers, and aspects of the design, where problems had previously occurred and/or where solutions were available to avoid future problems.

The proposed new Common Rules (from the Joint Tanker Project (JTP)) were welcomed as addressing many of the issues related to the robustness and standards for new buildings, whereas the attention for existing ships was focused more on maintenance, inspections, corrosion rates and coating life.

The Panel will now expand on these areas before preparing a final report, together with any recommendations, for review by EMSA et al. If appropriate it will highlight issues to be taken up in the relevant IMO committees.

Contact: Dragos Rauta  or Peter Swift