ISTEC discusses Common Rules with Joint Tanker Project representatives

INTERTANKO’s Safety, Technical and Environmental Committee (ISTEC) has engaged in some extremely useful discussions on both the Common Rules for tanker new buildings and on the IMO developments with regard to Goal Based Standards.

At its meeting in Greece last week, the Committee had the opportunity to discuss in detail with representatives from the Joint Tanker Project (JTP) some aspects of the proposed Common Rules for tanker newbuildings, and to clarify some crucial issues involving hull strength and scantlings. The JTP representatives had the opportunity to hear first-hand and understand the Committee's strong position and the high expectations it has of these new regulations. These views have been formally sent to the JTP team so that they can take them into account when issuing their revised (second draft) proposal.

The Committee also discussed and recommended INTERTANKO’s position on Goal Based Standards. As a result of these discussions and under the guidance of ISTEC, the Secretariat will finalise and submit a paper to the IMO.

ISTEC also had the opportunity to understand better the scope of and the activities of the European Maritime Safety Agency Panel on Double Hull tankers. The chairman of this panel, Ib Matthiesen, Head of EMSA’s Ship Safety, Inspections and Implementations unit, attended the meeting and explained that the Panel on Double Hulls has as its primary objective to establish a dialogue between the regulators and the industry on various aspects of, and experience with, designing, building and operating double hull tankers.

ISTEC had also a great opportunity to address maritime security matters, particularly in the U.S., with guest Joseph Angelo, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Director of Standards. Angelo outlined the U.S. experience so far with ISPS Code implementation and gave advice and answers to the various questions raised by ISTEC. In brief, Mr. Angelo said that the ISPS Code implementation went relatively smoothly in the U.S. and that the rate of non-compliance went down from some 4% of the ships calling at U.S. ports in July 2004 to around 2.2% according to data covering the entire period from 1 July to late September 2004. A copy of Mr. Angelo's presentation can be seen here.

Contact:Dragos Rauta