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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

INTERTANKO participates at China Oil Transportation Conference, Nanjing

INTERTANKO presented on the sustainability of the industry and its performance in terms of safety and the environment earlier this week at the China Oil Transportation Safety Forum (COTSF) in Nanjing.

The China Classification Society (CCS), supported by Sinotrans/CSC Nanjing Tankers as well as by China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), organised this third COTSF. The tanker-specific safety conference was hosted by CCS.

Opening remarks from the Ministry of Transport focused attention on the challenges of the Chinese oil tanker industry in maintaining a good safety record, in particular in China with an expanding fleet. Bringing the domestic fleet up to the level of the internationally trading fleet is seen as a key challenge in China. This is especially so in light of the fact that the international fleet has been continually raising its performance, meeting increasingly tighter international requirements from the IMO and greater scrutiny on a commercial basis from both national and international charterers through the vetting process.

The conference programme contained perspectives from CNOOC on using the OCIMF vetting process, through to Shell and BP sharing details on common findings following vetting inspections. National tanker operators COSCO Dalian and CSC Nanjing Tanker Corporation shared their own views on adopting OCIMF’s Tanker Management and Self Assessment (TMSA), with COSCO explaining how they plan to use TMSA throughout the company and adapt the principles for all vessel types and even to its shipyards.

COSCO Dalian’s Deputy General Manager, Li Yuping, went into detail about the company’s implementation of the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP). Li explained that they had embraced the concept and monitored their entire tanker fleet in real-time for efficiency gains. COSCO Dalian was the first company in China to gain certification from CCS for its SEEMP.

INTERTANKO’S Regional Manager for Asia Tim Wilkins gave a presentation entitled ‘Sustainability of the Oil Transportation Industry’ which can be downloaded here.

Contact: Tim Wilkins