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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Hellenic Mediterranean Panel meets for first time in Athens

INTERTANKO’s Hellenic Mediterranean Panel met this week for the first time in Athens. Chaired by Costis Kertsikoff, CEO of Eletson, the former Hellenic Forum has now been expanded to include Members from Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Monaco, Malta, Spain and Turkey.


A good turnout of some 60 regional Members listened to presentations from Technical Director Dragos Rauta on the amendments to MARPOL Annex VI and their practical consequences, and also on the key issue of greenhouse gases where they were updated on the outcome from the early October MEPC meeting. Members went on to discuss the design index and the operational index, and on how Members might adopt best practices on tanker emissions and energy efficiency.


The Association’s Marine Director Capt Howard Snaith gave an explanation of what INTERTANKO’s Tanker Officer Training Standards (TOTS) is and how tanker operators are affected and involved. Assistant Area Manager Ajay Gour updated Members on the U.S. National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and on how tankers are affected by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Vessel General Permit for vessels calling at U.S. ports during and after December 2008. Area Manager Bill Box gave an update on what has been done and is being done to bring about increased protection for ships from pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia.


CAPT John W. Koster, Commanding Officer and Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection at U.S. Coast Guard Activities Europe gave Members a briefing on vessel arrival requirements, high interest vessels, port state control targeting, ballast water policy, Annex VI implementation and other key issues.


Contact: Bill Box