INTERTANKO submits comments to US Coast Guard on Interim Regulations

As a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), INTERTANKO has been very involved in the process that began soon after September 11, 2001. Like many NGOs, INTERTANKO supported the US delegation when they approached the IMO to develop amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention covering maritime security. Industry’s hard work culminated in a diplomatic conference held in December 2002 at IMO where amendments to SOLAS were adopted unanimously by the international community including INTERTANKO.

The comments developed and submitted by INTERTANKO were drawn from participation in the development of the ISPS Code at IMO, and attendance at various public meetings and hearings. INTERTANKO has actively participated in the public meeting process that accompanied this proposal and augmented the views its stated at those hearings with written comments submitted 31 July 2003.

In the eight-page submission INTERTANKO focused on certain aspects of the six interim rules seeking Coast Guard’s advice and clarification on a number of points that would be useful to the maritime industry when complying with the security requirements. Where warranted, explanations were requested on specific rules as published.

A summary of the main points of the submission can be viewed on INTERTANKO’s web site.

Click here to download a copy of the full INTERTANKO submission.

Contact:Margaret Doyle