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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

No. 25/2005




High-level expert panel report and recommendations on double-hulled tankers published

The panel of experts which the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) requested and sponsored to discuss safety aspects of the double hull tankers has just published a report of its work. The background of the discussions stemmed from EMSA’s perceived need to have an assessment of experience with building and with operating double hull tankers. Whilst the introduction of the double-hulled tanke...... More


MEPs stage ship recycling debate

Earlier this week, INTERTANKO attended a debating day on ship recycling at the European Parliament in Brussels . Sponsored by the backers of the EcoDock ship recycling concept in the Netherlands together with P&O Nedlloyd, the debate focused heavily on the need for the EU to promote green ship recycling. Hosted by Mrs. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert (MEP, Netherlands , Liberal and Democrats for...... More


New IACS requirements to avoid crankcase explosions

The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has agreed to significant revisions of two of its Unified Regulations (UR). These are M10 (Protection of internal combustion engines against crankcase explosions) and M9 (Crankcase explosion relief valves for crankcases of internal combustion engines). The former deals with the detection of a potential crankcase explosion through...... More


IMO releases Unified Interpretations to Means of Access

The IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has adopted a new SOLAS regulation (SOLAS regulation II-1/3-6) for mandatory Means of Access in new oil tankers and new bulk carriers (building contract from 1 January 2006) in order to facilitate inspection of ships’ structures. In addition, at its recent session in May 2005, MSC had approved Unified Interpretations of the provisions of SOLAS regulation...... More


Whale strike regulations pending off U.S. Atlantic and Pacific coasts

As measures to reduce ship strikes on the North Atlantic Right Whale off the East coast of the U.S. move into their final developmental stages, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has issued an Order to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) directing it to propose a rule to protect the Pacific Right Whale in the Pacific Ocean.   In this latest development from...... More


U.S. extends deadline for biometric passports

 The U.S. has said it will allow 27 (mainly European) countries participating in a special visa waiver scheme more time to introduce biometric data in passports. The countries in the scheme have until 26 October 2006 to use biometric passports for U.S. entry, Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff has said. Most countries in the E.U. are affected by the new rules, as well as Australia , New...... More


INTERTANKO needs more figures for effective benchmarking

The cost benchmarking pool started by INTERTANKO needs more figures to cover all tanker segments.   The graph below shows a rough comparison of the information we have received so far.  Similar cost comparisons can also be provided for different cost items.  The comparisons and analysis will be expanded when we receive more figures. The black dots represent 34 individual tankers. Some of the...... More


USCG safety alert - lifejackets

We have received a Safety Alert from the USCG regarding Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs).    Recently the U.S. Coast Guard has become aware of a potential problem when installing CO2 cylinders that have bayonet tips in inflatable personal flotation devices (PFDs or life jackets). If a cylinder is not properly installed, the lifejacket will not inflate with CO2. The problem may affect several...... More


Styrene Product Data Resolved

The European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) Logistics Department has recently announced that that the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) Extremely Hazardous Substance (EHS) working group has accepted the chemical industry's interpretation of data regarding chronic aquatic toxicity and acute mammalian percutaneous toxicity of styrene …...... More


TMSA liability clause

Several INTERTANKO members have raised concerns with us regarding the possible increase in exposure when submitting a completed TMSA (Tanker Management and Self Assessment).    Some owners have contacted us and expressed concerns that they may be potentially taking on a higher liability and effectively relieving the charterer of some exposure in the event of an incident.    In response to these...... More


INTERTANKO supports Singapore workshop on MARPOL Annex VI

On 5 July the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) is holding a workshop in Singapore on “Post implementation update on MARPOL Annex VI for the marine and bunker sectors” . The event is supported by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and INTERTANKO.    INTERTANKO’s General Counsel, John Fawcett-Ellis, will make a presentation on "MARPOL Annex VI - Shipowners' Concerns and...... More


Single-hull phase out – trying to pin down the smaller tankers

INTERTANKO has closely followed single-hull (SH) phase-out both during the rule making and after the implementation. We have regularly provided statistics based on the list of SH tankers used by the IMO Group of Experts, which was set up to look at the consequences of phase out. We have updated this list according to information received on tankers sold for decommissioning, conversions and othe...... More



28 June 2005 - INTERTANKO Bunker Sub-committee meeting, London The INTERTANKO Bunker Sub-Committee will meet on Tuesday 28 June 2005 , at INTERTANKO’s London office under the chairmanship of Hamish Cubitt, Anglo-Eastern Ship Management (UK) Ltd. Click here for a copy of the draft list of agenda items. Contact: Dragos Rauta     28 June 2005 – IACS/Industry JWG – ISM & ISPS meeting, London The...... More



3 easy ways to order: Download an order form and fax to our Oslo office on +47 22 12 26 41 Send your order by e-mail Order directly from our online bookshop NEWLY PUBLISHED!   Guiding Principles to Emergency Management and Crisis Communications   INTERTANKO believes that it is essential that the industry responds quickly and effectively to an industry incident, not only to minimise risks to hum...... More



Fairplay Daily News - 20 Jun 2005 : Ballast battle underway Anderimar Shipping News, 21 June 2005 - Intertanko concern over pilotage and EU ports directive Lloyd’s List, 23 June 2005 – Yard workers killed in Trinidad tanker blast ... More