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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

U.S. Industrial College of the Armed Forces visits INTERTANKO/

Students of the U.S. Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) from Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington D.C., visited INTERTANKO/INTERCARGO’s offices last week as part of their Transportation Industry Study Program. The ICAF prepares selected military and civilians for strategic leadership and success in developing and executing U.S. national security strategy.


ICAF’s Industry Studies Program establishes a framework for each student to apply analytical techniques in assessing the state of a selected industrial sector, and the international field study adds the dimension of comparative industrial analysis, permitting a realistic assessment of the U.S. industrial sector in the competitive world arena. Executive summary reports of the studies are published annually on ICAF’s website.


Presentations relating to current shipping industry issues were made by the U.K. P. & I. Club, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), INTERCARGO, and INTERTANKO.


INTERTANKO U.K. Regional Manager Minerva Alfonso discussed the role that the Association plays in providing leadership to the tanker industry in ensuring the safe, environmentally sound and efficient seaborne transportation of oil, gas and chemical products. She highlighted that although significant improvements in the industry’s safety and environmental performance have been achieved over the past two decades, the industry still faces many challenges ranging from the safe and responsible recycling of ships; vetting issues; issues relating to the human element; and the proliferation of conflicting regional and national regulations. She underlined the importance of international rules and regulations, as well as the critical need to establish global standards for the industry.


Focusing on piracy and armed robbery, a significant issue that has been a recurring theme on the agendas of the international industry organisations for a number of years, Ms. Alfonso gave an assessment of existing international laws which provide the definitions as well as the legal basis for prosecuting maritime violence [UNCLOS and the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA) Treaties], as well as the limitations of these laws.


Click here to view Ms. Alfonso’s presentation. 

Contact: Minerva R. Alfonso