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Quality standards on the agenda for shipping industry Tripartite Dialogue

From the Round Table of international shipping associations

* and the International Association of Classification Societies

Thursday 3 November, 2005

For immediate release

The setting and verification of ship quality standards, from design and construction, through operation and ultimate recycling, including repairs and maintenance, was high on the agenda of the fifth meeting of the Tripartite Dialogue between representatives of the shipbuilders, ship owners and classification societies.

Taking place 31 October-1 November in Beijing, the meetings embraced a wide range of issues involving the common interests of owners, shipbuilders and class. Also discussed was the industry’s capacity for self-regulation, and a number of initiatives were agreed for progression before the next meeting. These included potential developments for ship design and equipment, construction, maintenance, repair and survey processes; controlling the efficiency and effectiveness of these initiatives; and the enhancement of information flow.

Participating from the shipbuilding industry were representatives from China, Japan and the Republic of Korea. The ship owners were represented by the Chairmen and senior executives of the members of the Round Table of international shipping associations (BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO).The classification societies were represented by the Chairman and senior members of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). Also attending was the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF). Guest speakers at the meeting included a representative from the London marine insurance market and representatives from ship designers.

The meeting was opened by Huang Pintao, President of the China Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, with a warm welcome emphasising the importance of this Tripartite Dialogue in bringing about enhanced communication and understanding between the shipping, shipbuilding and classification communities. Li Kejun, President of China Classification Society (CCS), co-hosts of the meeting, expressed CCS’s full support for the gathering. The meeting provides a useful platform and channel to exchange ideas, he said, ideas that are invaluable in the quest to build a quality shipping industry based on rational principles.

Nobutaka Nambu, Executive Managing Director of the Shipbuilders’ Association of Japan, was also speaking on behalf of the JECKU (Japan, Europe, China, Korea (Republic of) and the USA) shipbuilders’ top executives meeting, when he stated that they were committed to the sound development of the world’s shipbuilding industry and were pleased to participate in the Tripartite Dialogue.

The Chairman of IACS, Robert Somerville, welcomed the continuing dialogue with industry counterparts prior to the forthcoming introduction of common structural rules for bulk carriers and tankers - a major quality initiative. He was pleased that the concern about the exposure of the classification societies to unlimited liability was shared by all the Tripartite Dialogue participants.

Speaking on behalf of the Round Table, INTERTANKO Chairman, Stephen Van Dyck, noted the spirit of determination felt by all the participants to ensure that the Tripartite Dialogue moves forward with positive energy. In his view the work of this forum has only just begun.

The next meeting of the Tripartite Dialogue will be held in late 2006.

(* Note: The Round Table of international shipping associations consists of BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO).


Bill Box, Communications Manager, INTERTANKO

+44 20 7977 7023