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Saturday, October 20, 2018

INTERTANKO Council launches human element initiative at Singapore Tanker Event

INTERTANKO’s Singapore Tanker Event attracted more than 400 to register for a varied programme of workshops, market discussion and the Poseidon Challenge.

INTERTANKO’s Council has established a new group focusing on the human element in recognition of the crucial importance of this aspect to the tanker industry and to all aspects of the Association’s technical and operational work. In addition to considering the attraction, training and retention of seafarers, this group inter alia will examine the interaction of the human element with aspects of ship design and operation, and the development of enhanced compliance cultures. This is an extension of ongoing work to share information, to develop best practice guides, and to consider the possible need for modified legislation. It is also a further INTERTANKO initiative to lead the continuous improvement of the Tanker Industry’s performance in striving to achieve the goals of zero fatalities, zero pollution and zero detentions.

The Council has also confirmed its support for the application of additional safety measures to existing ships in parallel with new ships such as fixed gas detection systems for the ballast tanks in double hull tankers and inert gas (N2) when carrying certain cargoes on chemical carriers and smaller product carriers.

INTERTANKO is pleased to welcome the Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) back into its membership. The participation of such a thriving company will also benefit the association and its members. OSG has a fleet of 75 oil tankers of 8.3m dwt. In addition Council approved membership applications by Kyla Shipping Co, Millenia Maritime Inc, Socomar Srl, Trustoil Tankers SA. With these additions the membership now exceeds  250 companies with 2530 tankers of 210m dwt. 17 applications for associate membership were also considered and approved by Council (*).




No. of tankers

Total dwt

Overseas Shipping Group (OSG) Inc, New York




Trustoil Tankers SA




Millenia Maritime Inc.








Kyla Shipping








INTERTANKO represents approximately 80% of the independent fleet of those companies with 1m dwt or more, and more than 75% of the independent fleet of those companies with 10 tankers or more. INTERTANKO also represents over 80% of the international chemical carrier fleet.

Stephen Van Dyck was re-elected as Chairman for the next two years, and Michio Tamiya and Patrick Decavele were re-elected as Vice-Chairmen. “To have Stephen as our Chairman for the past two years was fortunate. To have him willing to continue to serve - and our members keen to see him continue in office, -  is a huge benefit to INTERTANKO,” said Dr Peter Swift, INTERTANKO’s Managing Director.

The Council also voted for the other members of INTERTANKO’s Executive Committee and elected

Amir Hamzah bin Azizan, President & CEO, American Eagle Tankers Inc.
Hans Jørgen Firing, CEO and Managing Director, Westfal-Larsen Group
Capt. Bob Johnston, Executive Vice President of OSG Ship Management, Inc.
David C.C. Koo, Managing Director, Genesis Maritime (Canada) Ltd.; Chief Operating Officer, Valles Steamship (Canada) Ltd., Vancouver; Managing Director, Valles Steamship Co. Ltd., Hong Kong, China
Jeong Hwa Lee, President & CEO, SK Shipping
Graham Westgarth, President, Teekay Marine Services, Teekay Shipping (Canada) Ltd.

and re-elected:

Patrick Decavele, Brostrom Tankers SAS
Nick Fistes, EuronavNV
Bengt Hermelin, Samco (Services) Ltd
Lars Mossberg, MarinvestAB
Stefano Rosina, Premuda
Michio Tamiya, NYK Logistics and Megacarrier
Emmanouel Vordonis, Thenamaris Ships Management

We are delighted to welcome these  active tanker industry leaders to our Executive Committee,” said INTERTANKO Chairman Stephen Van Dyck.

The Council also paid tribute and expressed their great appreciation for their past services to the outgoing members of the Executive Committee: Jens Ismar, Joseph Kwok and Spyros Polemis.

INTERTANKO’s Tanker Event is now firmly established as the annual get-together of the tanker industry. This year’s meeting in Singapore was opened by Singapore’s Minister for transport Mr Yeo Cheow Tong: keynote speakers were Mr Simon Yang, Deputy Director of Research and Development at Cosco Beijing, and Dr Martin Stopford, Managing Director Clarkson Research. There were workshops on Vessel Pollution Enforcement and on Maritime Security, and a Tanker and Oil Market session, as well as the association’s Annual General Meeting and meetings of its Executive Committee and Council.

INTERTANKO was particularly delighted to hear the Minister announce at the meeting Singapore’s ratification of the “Bunkers Convention”. “The ratification of this Convention and its prompt entry in to force has been advocated by INTERTANKO over recent years and Singapore has again provided a leadership example for other states,” said Peter Swift.

The first gathering of the tanker industry under the banner of the Poseidon Challenge took place during INTERTANKO’s Singapore Tanker Event. 16 heads of industry (**) from many different tanker and shipping industry sectors accepted the invitation from our Chairman, Stephen Van Dyck, to participate.

The Poseidon Challenge seeks to bring together all the participants in the inter-related maritime industries in a common effort to get practical and effective action in achieving continuous improvement. It looks for the commitment of every individual participant, every link in the chain of responsibility, to take practical steps as they strive to realise the vision of zero fatalities, zero pollution, zero detentions.

“If we connect the links together more effectively, then the efforts of individual links to achieve ‘zero fatalities zero pollution and zero detentions’ will be greatly enhanced,” says Van Dyck. “If we, as an industry, are to take our future into our own hands, then we welcome this serious commitment to continuous improvement shown by those who head up and represent each sector, and who are the driving force behind our industry”. “It’s all about changing what we do,” he said in his introductory remarks.

Tim Wilkins, INTERTANKO’s Environment Manager, has been appointed as INTERTANKO’s new Asia-Pacific Regional Manager with effect from August 2006. Tim, 30 years old, will succeed the current Asia-Pacific Regional Manager John Fawcett-Ellis, who is also our General Counsel. John, who will be moving back to our Oslo office, has successfully encouraged new membership in this region and has worked hard to ensure that the voice of the Asia-Pacific membership is heard loud and clear. Tim’s energy and enthusiasm will enable INTERTANKO to consolidate and build on its profile in the region, while bringing an environmental slant into the Association’s Asia-Pacific activities.

* New Associate Members

J.M Baxi
Belships ASA
DPM (Singapore) Pte
Grand Ocean Shipping Co
Gray Page
Haugen Consulting
Inge Steensland
The Japan Shipowners’ Mutual P&I Association
Lagomar Shipping and Terminal Services
Lloyd’s Register Fairplay
Marstal Navigationsskole
Norton Lilly International
Societe Ivoirienne de Raffinage
Tankers International LLC
Valls Ship Agencies
World Shipping Agencies (Pty)

** Poseidon Challenge speakers:

Ian Adams, Secretary General, International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA);
Rajaish Bajpaee, President, International Ship Managers’ Association (INTERMANAGER);
Michael Davies, Senior Member of the International Union of Marine Insurance’s Cargo Committee
Alistair Groom, Chairman, International Group of P&I Clubs;
Roger Holt, Secretary Gneeral, INTERCARGO;
Hiroshi Iwamoto, CESS Chairman, Shipbuilders' Association of Japan (SAJ);
Dr. Karl Laubstein, President, World Maritime University (WMU);
BG Tay Lim Heng, Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA);
Bruce Ogilvy, Chairman, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS);
Bill O'Neil, President, Videotel Marine International;
Bob Somerville, Chairman, International Association of Classification Societies (IACS);
Hans van Rooij, President, International Salvage Union (ISU);
Emmanuel Vordonis, Executive Director, Thenamaris Ships Management Inc;
Graham Westgarth, President, Teekay Marine Services, Teekay Shipping (Canada) Ltd;
Jon Whitlow, Assistant Secretary, International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF);
Philip Wood, President, Federation of National Associations of Shipbrokers and Agents (FONASBA);
Michael Davies, Senior Member of the International Union of Marine Insurance’s Cargo Committee (IUMI).

Further reports on the Poseidon Challenge session will following over the coming weeks!

Contact: Bill Box