Newbuilding design, construction and initial operation discussed at Tripartite meeting in Yokohama

The 4th Tripartite meeting between ship operators (represented by the Round Table of international shipping associations - ICS, BIMCO, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO), Classification Societies (represented by the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) and representatives of nine of the member class societies) and ship builders (represented by individual yards and the shipbuilder associations of Japan, Korea, China and, for the first time, Europe) was held this week in Yokohama, Japan (8 and 9 November 2004). The agenda of the meeting included a number of matters that are of high priority for the three parties, not least those that are essential for consideration as part of the ongoing thrust of reassessment (discussions and regulatory development) of the design and execution of newbuildings.

Attended by some 87 people, the meeting was a success in all respects, providing open dialogue, professional assessment of sensitive and difficult issues, and a good exchange of technical and operational information, including shipbuilding processes and capacities. Its success can be measured in the number of agreements and follow-up actions which the three parties will pursue before the next meeting.

  • The Joint Tanker Project (JTP) and the Joint Bulker Project (JBP) teams will continue to work on ramification studies on the proposed Common Rules, which are under revision to reflect all comments received. The project teams will maintain contact with Japanese and Korean shipbuilders.
  • JTP and JBP will also maintain contact with the Round Table associations to further clarify a number of issues discussed at the meeting.
  • The industry will continue to cooperate on the coating issue, including at IMO. The issue of the coating of cargo tanks in new oil tankers has still to be addressed.
  • Further work is needed at Tripartite level to develop the use of a Green Passport for newbuildings.
  • The industry should consider setting up a forum that could share experience and information between the various parties on design, construction and ship operation during the first year after delivery.

The Tripartite meeting will be held next year in China, tentatively in the first week of November.

Contact: Dragos Rauta