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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Germany’s new Director General for Shipping visits INTERTANKO

Germany’s new (since 1 July) Director General for Shipping at the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Affairs, Bernd Toerkel, visited INTERTANKO’s London office last week to discuss subjects which are on the agenda at the MEPC 56 meetings at the IMO this week.


He was accompanied by Dr. Robert Kuehner, Head of Unit International and EU-Maritime Policy, Law of the Sea; and Ms. Petra Bethge, Deputy Head of Unit Marine Environment Protection. Also present was Freidhelm Bertelsmeier, First Secretary of Transport at the German Embassy in London.


The main subject of discussion was MARPOL Annex VI and air emissions. Toerkel emphasised that we need a successful and workable conclusion from the IMO meetings, otherwise there is a risk of unilateral regional action, which would weaken the IMO. He is concerned that shipping is not in line with land and air transport and wanted to learn the background behind INTERTANKO’s championing of the distillates option. Bethge went on to summarise Germany’s position as supportive of the distillates option, negotiating for a dateline of 2015 and for a global 0.5% sulphur content in marine fuel, with no support for achieving a similar standard through the use of abatement technology.


Contact: Bill Box