Seminar on Goal Based Standards - INTERTANKO presentation

As previously reported in Weekly NEWS No. 50 of 10 December 2004, the IMO has begun to consider a possible substantial rulemaking change in view of its projected involvement in creating international regulations for ship design and ship construction.  

The complexity of the issue brought a divergent number of views from different Flag Administrations on the methodology to be used and the areas to be covered by the Goal Based Standards and the associated new regulations. Some Administrations went so far as to suggest a total change of the current prescriptive IMO regulation, substituting instead a new risk-based methodology.  

Such a significant change would, however, become an incredibly complex task that could take at least 10 years to execute. In addition, that approach might completely remove the original intent of the exercise, namely the creation of regulations for the proper design and construction of new buildings.  

In this context, Germanischer Lloyd, and the European Union (EU) Project Group assessing the current safety levels of the shipping regulatory framework, organised a one-day open seminar on Goal Based Standards in Hamburg on 27 January 2005. INTERTANKO, which is very much involved in these new IMO developments, was invited to attend and Dragos Rauta, Technical Director, presented its position. 

A copy of Rauta’s PowerPoint presentation can be viewed on the INTERTANKO web page. 

Contact: Dragos Rauta