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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Round Table/Nippon Foundation Symposium to focus on Safety of Navigation in Malacca Straits

The Nippon Foundation (NF) and the Round Table (RT) of international shipping associations (BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO) are pleased to invite INTERTANKO members, Associate Members and contacts to this important international symposium to discuss current developments to support the safety and the protection of the marine environment in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.


It will take place on 24 November at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Attendance at the symposium is free of charge.


The Symposium will be followed by an evening seminar and dinner reception hosted by the four RT CEOs to provide an opportunity to discuss the diverse challenges facing the shipping industry (see article below).


The Governments of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore (the Littoral States) as well as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have been consulted by the organisers on the objectives of the symposium, and have welcomed the concept, undertaking to provide expert speakers.


Of all 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 a major priority.


The NF and the RT stress that the safety and the environmental protection of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore must be assured so that we may enjoy the sustainable utilisation of the seas, particularly considering the ever-increasing trend of globalisation in the world 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 must remain safe, secure and open to international navigation. It will also outline progress made under the Cooperative Mechanism that the Littoral States established at the 2007 IMO Singapore Meeting. Speakers will include experts drawn from the Littoral States governments, and from industry and academia.


The symposium will be of value to those with an interest in the Straits including ship owners and operators, and other organisations involved in the carriage of cargo through these waters. The NF and the RT are hoping that the symposium will attract a wide range of industry stakeholders interested in voluntary cooperation within the Cooperative Mechanism.


The RT encourages its Members to attend and participate.


Further details of the Symposium programme and welcome reception, together with registration and room booking, will be made available at this website. 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. Papers will ultimately also be available on this website.


Contact: Tim Wilkins