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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

INTERTANKO’s Latin American Panel holds very successful 6th meeting in Panama

Under the new chairmanship of Carlos Juan Madinabeitia of Tradewind Tankers, INTERTANKO’s Latin American Panel concluded a very successful sixth meeting in Panama City, Panama, this week, which was held in conjunction with the biennial Panama Maritime VIII Conference. The meeting was attended by members from Brazil, Chile, Panama and Venezuela, as well as senior representatives from the Panama Maritime Authority and the Panama Canal Authority.


Issues discussed included:


          -  An overview of the main INTERTANKO issues

          -  Air emissions from ships

          -  Recycling of ships

          -  Expansion of the Panama Canal

          -  Update on the Panama Maritime Authority changes and projects

          -  Navigation through the Maracaibo Channel

          -  Venezuelan law change on tug boats


The Panel will be expressing its views on a number of these issues to the INTERTANKO Council when it meets in Houston, Texas, in March.


The highlight of the meeting was a half-day visit to the Panama Canal at the invitation of the Panama Canal Authority. This included going through the Pedro Miguel Locks on the Panama Canal Authority training ship and an exclusive visit to the Panama Canal Vessel Traffic Center, which schedules and controls the movement of all ships through the Panama Canal.


The Panel tentatively agreed to hold its next meeting 29 October – 2 November, at a venue to be decided.  Panel members agreed to identify tanker companies in the Latin American region and make contact with them to enhance their awareness of INTERTANKO and of the benefits of membership in the Association.


Contact: Joe Angelo