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Monday, November 19, 2018

INTERTANKO’s Annual Tanker Event a roaring success (Includes Council and ExCom Reports)

Fantastic discussions, exceptional speakers and informed panel sessions all contributed to the huge success of INTERTANKO’s Annual Tanker Event. At the time of publishing, the event was still going strong as over 150 delegates took part in the Friday workshop sessions against the stunning backdrop of the Grand Resort Lagonissi, nr Athens, Greece.

INTERTANKO’s Tanker Event is THE platform for Members, Associate Members and prospective Members to renew old acquaintances and create new ones, as well as seeing what new technologies and products are available from Associate Members as part of the exhibition.

The Tanker Event also united the Executive Committee and Council.

Executive Committee
The second INTERTANKO Executive Committee meeting of 2015 was held in Lagonissi Greece on 19th May 2015 under the chairmanship of Nikolas Tsakos of Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited. The Committee met in conjunction with the Council the next day, the AGM and Annual Tanker Event and to celebrate INTERTANKO’s 45th Anniversary.

Three main policy items were referred to the Council the following day:

  1. Review of Membership Criteria
  2. Strategic Work Plan
  3. Possible Development of INTERTANKO activities for gas carriers.

There were some changes in Committee Membership and this was the last meeting for Robert Bishop of V. Ships, Tsuneo Watanabe of Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd and Rajaish Bajpaee of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement. All three have generously given their time to INTERTANKO and we take this opportunity to thank them for their huge commitment to the work of the Association and for their considered guidance over the past years.

The Executive Committee received three nominations which were unanimously recommended to Council.

The INTERTANKO Council met for its 89th session in Lagonissi in Greece 20 May.

The Council elected three new Executive Committee members

  1. Capt. Maurice Baker, Managing Director, Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd, proposed and seconded by Peter Bond, Interorient Marine Services Ltd and Rajaish Bajpaee, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagment Pte Ltd
  2. Mr. Kenneth Koo, Group Managing Director, Tai Chong Cheang Steamship Co. (HK) Ltd proposed and seconded by Nikolas Tsakos and Capt Bjørn Højgaard, Univan Ship Management Limited
  3. Mr. Kenichi Miki, Corporate Officer Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK LINE) proposed and seconded by Tsuneo Watanabe, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd and Kenneth Koo Tai Chong Cheang Steamship Co. (H.K.) Ltd.

Mr Carsten Brix Ostenfeldt, ex Thome Shipmanagement, was re-elected in his new position as Senior Vice President of Nordic Tankers

Michael Wilson of Anglo-Atlantic Steamship, Hans Feringa of Stolt Tankers and Igor Tonkovidov of Novoship were also re-elected for a further two-year term. 

The Council meeting further approved nine new Members:

  • Aegean Shipping Management SA
  • Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping — CJSC
  • Dynagas
  • Executive Ship Management Pte Ltd
  • Hellenic Tankers
  • MF Shipping Group
  • Rederiet Stenersen A/S
  • Seabulk Tankers Inc.
  • Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited

In addition 11 new Associate Members joined INTERTANKO: EA Gibson Shipbrokers, BCA Business College, Lorentzen & Stemoco, Moran Gulf Shipping, Navidom Oy Finland, Romanian Maritime Training Centre, Status Maritime Corp, Van Ameyde Marine Ship Vetting, Marmedsa Noatum Maritime Ship, Kockumation AB Tanker and Coldharbour.

Review of Membership Criteria
Changes in the INTERTANKO Membership criteria were approved. Most importantly a change was made to the criteria requiring ‘Compliance with International and National Laws and Regulations’.

The Membership Criteria now provides that:

Compliance with International and National Laws and Regulations
An INTERTANKO member shall ensure that all tankers entered with INTERTANKO are in full compliance with all international and national laws and regulations.  Repeated events that would reflect negatively on INTERTANKO will be considered non-compatible with INTERTANKO Membership.

The Council also confirmed that all vessels entered with INTERTANKO must be classed with a Classification Society that is a full Member of IACS. The Council saw this as an indicator of quality.

Strategic Work Plan
The Council approved the Strategic Work Plan, which includes major issues, high-level actions and targeted benefits to Association Members in five Main Focus Areas:

  1. Safety
  2. Seafarers
  3. Environment
  4. Operations
  5. Commercial Sustainability

The Council agreed that this was a ‘living’ document that would be reviewed and updated as needed.

Possible Development of INTERTANKO activities for gas carriers.

INTERTANKO Members currently enter their gas carriers on a voluntary basis at a 50% fee. In response to the needs of the growing proportion of INTERTANKO Members with such LNG/LPG interests, and to the growth of gas fleets, the Council agreed to upgrade the service to gas tanker owners and hire specialist expertise to resource this. To achieve this, it was agreed that a change will be proposed to the Articles of Association at a General Meeting which will be called to coincide with the November Council Meeting in London. All tanker vessels would then be treated alike. The fee for all tank vessels will then be set at the November Council for the following year.

In a change with tradition the Report items for Council were presented to the Annual General Meeting. A copy of the presentations can be found below.

The next Executive Committee and Council Meetings will be held in London on 17th and 18th November 2015.

Contact: Erik Ranheim