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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Symposium on Safety of Navigation, Kuala Lumpur, 24 November

The Nippon Foundation (NF) and the Round Table of International Shipping Associations (RTisa) (BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO) are pleased to invite INTERTANKO Members, Associate Members and contacts to the above international symposium at Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 24 November 2008, to discuss current positive developments in support of safety and protection of the marine environment in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. Attendance to the symposium is free of charge.


The governments of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore (the littoral States) as well as the International Maritime Organization (IMO), having been consulted on the objectives of the symposium by the organisers, welcomed the concept and undertook to assist with experts who will speak at the symposium.


Amongst the straits used for international navigation (as defined by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)), the Straits of Malacca and Singapore rank the busiest, with transiting ships carrying around one third of the world’s oil supplies and half of its trade. The tasks of maintaining maritime safety as well as protecting the natural marine environment of the littoral States are of enormous priority.


The NF and RTisa reaffirm that safety and environmental protection of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore must be assured to enjoy sustainable utilisation of the seas at a time of increasing globalisation in the world’s economy.


This Symposium will explain the significance of the Straits in terms of global trade and benefit to the global economy, and why the Straits should remain safe, secure and open to international navigation. It will also outline the progress made under the Cooperative Mechanism that the littoral States established in the 2007 IMO Singapore Meeting. Speakers will include experts drawn from the littoral States governments, as well as from industry and the academic world


The Symposium will be of value to those with an interest in the Straits, including ship owners and operators, and other organisations involved with the carriage of cargo through this vital waterway. The NF and RTisa are hoping that the symposium will attract a wide range of industry stakeholders interested in voluntary cooperation within the Cooperative Mechanism. The RTisa encourages members of its constituent associations to participate.


For further details of the symposium programme and welcome reception click on registration and room booking. A special accommodation rate of RM620 net per night (room rate inclusive of one breakfast) has been arranged at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.


Contact: Tim Wilkins