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Friday, October 19, 2018

Minerva Alfonso departs from INTERTANKO after 21 years of “duty”


Minerva Alfonso has decided, after 21 years of dedicated service, to retire from INTERTANKO and return to the Philippines to pursue a future career focused on the Human Element in Shipping / Manning.


When she joined in 1987, she headed the association’s IT and Accounts Department and in 1996 was appointed Asia Regional Manager and Secretary to the newly-established Asian Regional Panel.  She was based in the Oslo Headquarters for nearly 11 years.


Minerva was the first to suggest the benefits of opening a regional office in Asia following her experiences as Asia Regional Manager (based in Norway), as well as the feedback received from Asia-Pacific members. After the INTERTANKO Council agreed to set-up an INTERTANKO representation in Asia, she moved to Singapore and established the Association’s Asia Representative Office, which opened on 1 March 1999. She played a crucial part in expanding the Association’s membership representation in the region, formulating the regional Asian position on issues in INTERTANKO’s work programme and establishing closer relationships with maritime authorities and trade bodies in the region.


After completing her term in Singapore, she joined INTERTANKO’s London Office in 2003, where she took up the role of Secretary to the two INTERTANKO governing bodies, i.e. the Executive Committee and Council.  She also has been responsible for the general promotion and business development of the joint secretariat (INTERTANKO / INTERCARGO) within the U.K. specifically and worldwide in general.


In addition to her main role, Minerva has also been the Secretary to the IT Committee since 1996 and issue manager for Piracy since 1999.  The IT Committee was instrumental in providing advice to members on the migration from telex/fax and the benefits of the use of e-mail both ship-to-shore and in their offices in the late 1990s, when only 30% of the membership was using e-mail.  The first high-level forum between government and industry on the issue of Piracy and Armed Robbery took place in Singapore in early 2002 through Minerva’s initiative.


From 1 June 2008, she will continue contributing to the Maritime Industry in the Philippines through her new role in INTERTANKO (see separate article).


INTERTANKO would like to thank Minerva for all her tremendous contributions over the years and wishes her all the best with her new endeavours.


Contact: Peter Swift