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Sunday, November 18, 2018

INTERTANKO to focus on ships masters' trial in Singapore next week

The International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO) will monitor the trial of Captain Michael Chalkitis, master of M/T Evoikos, which is being held in Singapore on 29 June 1998. Evoikos was involved in a collision with M/T Orapin Global in the Singapore Strait on October 15, 1997. The collision resulted in pollution of Singapore waters by oil lost from Evoikos. The ship's master faces various charges, including negligent and reckless navigation and destruction of property. The Master of Orapin Global is also facing criminal charges at the same time.

INTERTANKO is concerned about the fate of ships' masters involved in oil pollution incidents and will follow the Evoikos master's trial proceedings closely. The Association, in co-operation with other international maritime bodies, is investigating the preparation of universally agreed guidelines for the protection and fair treatment of masters and crews involved in oil spill incidents. Such guidance, which would be promulgated under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization, would embody basic human rights requirements and the principles of natural justice.

The INTERTANKO membership includes, as Full Members, 275 tanker companies with 1,973 tankers totalling 172.6 million tons deadweight. This is equivalent to 75% of all independently owned tanker tonnage worldwide. In addition, there are 286 INTERTANKO Associate Member companies.