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INTERTANKO Council met in London this week

INTERTANKO Chairman, Mr. Nick Fistes, led top-level policy discussions at the autumn Council meeting held in London on 15 November 2007.


The Council approved nine new membership applications totalling 122 vessels of 12.7 million dwt (see table below for details).  In addition, 14 new associate membership applications were approved.


Issues discussed included inter alia:


Human Element (Personnel) and Operational Challenges


The Council deliberated on the issue of the shortage of qualified officers, which it believes will be an even greater problem for several years to come. It discussed solutions both at the micro level and the macro level, focusing on the need to attract and retain seafarers and the importance of training. 


In order to attract and recruit seafarers, the Council agreed that it is vital for the industry to ensure that more is done to raise the level of awareness of the youth and to highlight positive career prospects within the shipping industry.  The Maritime Industry Foundation (MIF) can potentially be an excellent medium to get the industry’s message across.


The Council received an update on the Tanker Officer Training Standards (TOTS), the ILO 180 Guidance Book, and the Cadet Berth Survey Report.


Ships Emissions – Green House Gases GHG/CO2


The Council discussed the issue of green house gases (GHG)/carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions, and all types of emissions from ships which are under increasing scrutiny from the regulators.  


The industry has made improvements over the past 30 years, resulting from significant investments and technological innovation in optimised hull and propeller designs, more efficient engines, and particularly the dramatic change of transport patterns via larger ships and the use of economies of scale.


However, despite the improvements made by the industry, shipping and ship owners are expected to be actively involved in future regulatory, technical and operational developments aimed at further reducing emissions from ships.


The Council recognised that there is not a more economical or environmentally-friendly means to transport huge numbers of cargoes round the world than on ships, and encouraged INTERTANKO to take a leading role in developments, including examining measures to reduce CO2 emissions and coordinating others within the maritime industry.


The Council agreed to establish an ad-hoc working group for GHG/air emissions and emissions trading.


U.S. Issues


The Council was updated on recent developments on three U.S. issues:


1.  California Air Resources Board Air Emission Standards


2.       Massachusetts Lawsuit


3.  Lawsuit on ballast water discharges


European Issues


The Council was presented with INTERTANKO’s comments on the European Commission’s Draft Guidelines on the Application of Article 81 of the EC Treaty to Maritime Transport Services, which will be submitted on 16 November 2007 (see article below) and other EU issues stemming from the Maritime Safety Package.


Equasis Requests to include Vessels Oil Spill Incidents Record


The Council was advised of a recent initiative by Equasis, which was presented at the last Equasis Editorial Board meeting, at which INTERTANKO was represented. A part of the Equasis Secretariat’s strategy for the coming years is to increase the amount of quality data on the Equasis website, by providing additional information such as the vessel’s casualty and pollution incidents.


Concerns were raised by several Board members with regard to this suggestion by Equasis. This is primarily due to the fact that the Equasis website is open to the general public, and includes the casualty or pollution incident information on each vessel without the underlying analysis of cause or the circumstances surrounding the casualty, which can potentially create a very misleading picture.  


The Council agreed with these concerns, and discussion focused on achieving a balance between accuracy of information and transparency. Council gave the Secretariat a mandate to further discuss this proposal with Equasis.


Straits of Malacca and Singapore:  Aids to Navigation Fund


Mr. Yee Cheok Hong, Director of the Policy Division of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, had been invited to introduce the Aids to Navigation Fund and to directly address the questions raised by the Council members relating to this issue.


A key component in the Co-operative Mechanism is the establishment of the Aids to Navigation Fund, a voluntary fund aimed at the replacement and maintenance of the aids to navigation in the Straits. These aids to navigation specifically relate to the guidance of vessels into and through the Vessel Traffic Separation (VTS) scheme  and include the likes of beacons and light buoys.


The Council endorsed the Executive Committee’s recommendation to support the Cooperative Mechanism in respect of the Fund for the maintenance and replacement of navigational aids in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, and the principle of industry contributions through a credible mechanism.


New Members




No. of tankers

Total DWT

A.P. Moller – Maersk A/S




West Asia Maritime Ltd.




Marlow Ship Management Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG




Marine Trust Ltd.




Furtrans Denizcilik Ticaret ve Sanayi AS




Navigazione Montanari S.p.A.




National Iranian Tanker Company




Lotus Shipping Co. Ltd.




AHL Shipping Co.









New Associate Members


Chinsay AB


Datatrac Limited


ESS – Databridge Development Group (DDG)


International Institute of Maritime Law and Transport (IIDMT)


International ShipOwners Alliance of Canada


Mansel Oil c/o Vitol Services Ltd.




Simón Montolío y Cía, S.A.

Puerto Sagunto

South African Maritime Training Academy (Samtra)

Cape Town

Valero Marketing & Supply|

San Antonio

U.A.E. Shipowner Association


U.K. Ministry of Defence (MARS IPT)


Vega Energy and Marine AS


Videotel Marine International



Date of Next Meeting


The next Council meeting will take place in Istanbul on 21 April 2008.


Contact:  Minerva R. Alfonso