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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Equasis Editorial Board meets in London

The 13th meeting of the Equasis Editorial Board took place in London this week, with over 15 industry representatives attending including: International Association of Class Societies (IACS), International Group of P & I Clubs (IG), European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), U.K. Department of Transport, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Lloyd's Register – Fairplay, the Green Award Foundation, Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO.


It was reported that Riaz Khan has had to resign from his post as Chairman of the Equasis Editorial Board due to an increase in responsibilities and workload within DVB Bank. At the meeting, Colin Wright, principal technical officer at IACS, was elected as the new Chairman.


The latest version of the Equasis website was launched at the end of March 2008 and now also includes inter alia flag state comments on detentions (provided by the IMO) and inspection report data from the Indian Ocean MoU on Port State Control (IOMoU). A significant increase in IOMoU usage in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East region was noted, which might stem from the publication of IOMoU data.


INTERTANKO reported back on the issue of publishing vessel's casualty and pollution incidents data on the Equasis website (as reported in WN41/2007) - as decided at the Executive Committee and Council and after consultation with industry partners – suggesting that it would not be appropriate to include this type of data. The overall consensus on the Editorial Board was that such data should indeed not be included,  which will be conveyed to the Equasis Supervisory Committee.


Contact: Chantal Cheung Tam He