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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Latin American Panel holds extremely productive two-day session in Buenos Aires

INTERTANKO’s Latin American Panel met this week in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Under the leadership of Chairman Carlos Juan Madinabeitia of Tradewind Tankers, the Panel discussed a number of important issues.


  1. Managing Director Peter Swift's presentation on an overview of INTERTANKO and the major issues in which INTERTANKO is involved.
  2. An excellent presentation by Cdr. Luiz Zecchin of Prefectura Naval Argentina on an update of Port State Control activities in the Latin American region under the Vina del Mar Agreement.
  3. A status report by Capt. Jan de Kok of AGEMAR on navigation through the Maracaibo Channel.
  4. An update by Carlos Juan Madinabeitia on developments within the INTERTANKO Environment Committee.
  5. An update on the progress made thus far at the IMO regarding the revision of Annex VI.
  6. A presentation by J.C. Ferreira of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) on the latest requirements for the carriage of ethanol and vegetable oils.
  7. A status report on the development of the draft new Convention on Recycling of Ships and industry action in this area.
  8. An update of the current legal matters that INTERTANKO is either involved in or is following very closely.
  9. An overview of the new SOLAS requirements for long range identification and tracking (LRIT) of ships that will enter into force on 1 January 2008.
  10. An update on the developments within the INTERTANKO Human Element Committee.
  11. A presentation on the IMO, how it works, its structure and organisation, major issues being addressed at the IMO, changes that have taken place at the IMO over the past 25 years and, most importantly, the role INTERTANKO plays at the IMO.

 All of these presentations will be available on the INTERTANKO web site in the very near future.


In addition, the Panel had an excellent open discussion based on "Blue Sky" thinking aimed at considering what changes are likely to take place over the next 5-10 years that will affect the tanker industry, and what INTERTANKO can do proactively to address these changes.


Finally, the Secretariat provided the Panel with information on the latest developments related to the Poseidon Challenge, including the establishment of the Poseidon Award and the INTERTANKO 2008 Annual Tanker Event scheduled to take place at the Swissotel The Bosporus in Istanbul, Turkey from April 20-23, 2008.


The Panel agreed that it would have two meetings next year, one in March/April and the other in October/November 2008 in locations to be decided.


Contact: Joe Angelo