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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Equasis Editorial Board met in London this week

INTERTANKO's U.K. Regional Manager Minerva Alfonso participated in the 12th meeting of the Equasis Editorial Board in London this week. Chaired by Sultan Riaz Khan, the meeting was attended by over 20 industry representatives  including: the International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Association of Class Societies (IACS), International Group of P & I Clubs (IG), U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), French Maritime Authority, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), International Transport Federation (ITF), Lloyd's Register – Fairplay, the Green Award Foundation, Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI), and INTERTANKO.


The Equasis secretariat presented its strategy for the coming years, which mainly focused on expanding the geographical spread of existing Equasis Port State Control (PSC) data providers, for example, in South America.  Other future targets include:  to increase the number of users; to increase the amount of quality data by providing other information such as the vessel's casualty and pollution incidents; and to develop a communications strategy in order to raise the profile of Equasis.


Concerns were raised by several Board members with regard to the inclusion of the vessel's casualty and pollution incidents data on the Equasis website.   Simply recording the fact of a casualty or pollution incident, without any underlying analysis of cause or circumstances surrounding the casualty, could create a very misleading picture. This issue will warrant further consideration and will be revisited at the next meeting. 


A presentation was made by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to explain the methodology used in creating a database that analyses the Equasis data compiled in the Annual Report.  A long deliberation followed and initial comments and input were given by the Editorial Board members. 


The Annual Report highlights key figures of the world merchant fleet and its safety performance in terms of port state control inspections and detentions.  The last Annual Report showed that the INTERTANKO fleet had an impressive safety performance record in 2005 as measured by its detention rate.  Despite being subjected to three times more inspections, the detention rate of the INTERTANKO fleet is much lower (1.7%) than non-INTERTANKO members (3.1%).


Contact:  Minerva R. Alfonso