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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

INTERTANKO Tanker Event - Dean Tseretopoulos praised for his valuable contribution as ISTEC Chairman

Dean Tseretopoulos, Thenamaris Ship Management, handed over the Chair of the INTERTANKO Safety, Technical and Environmental Committee (ISTEC) to Henrik von Platen of Samco, at the end of the committee’s Istanbul meeting. The Committee, as well as INTERTANKO’s Executive Committee and Council at their respective meetings, expressed great appreciation for Dean's remarkable contribution to improving INTERTANKO’s knowledge and representation on the important technical and operational challenges our industry faces.


The ISTEC meeting was intense but successful. Measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions was on the top of the agenda and were addressed in a joint session with the Environmental Committee. Both had agreed to establish a joint working group on air emissions which has already commenced work. The joint working group was instructed to consider:


- the establishment of a list of measures to reduce GHG emissions from ships;
- the  design and operational indices which are now on the IMO agenda;
- the market mechanisms that might be suggested in the IMO.


ISTEC took note of the outcome of the IMO’s discussions on the revision of MARPOL Annex VI and agreed to continue to assess the outcome and, if appropriate, to make further recommendations with regard to the practical impacts of various elements of the revised set of regulations. Some priority will be given to assessing the practical aspects of retrofitting engines to meet the nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission limitations.


Also related to the revision of MARPOL Annex VI, ISTEC noted that the IMO has requested the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to review its specifications for marine fuels. The INTERTANKO Bunker Sub-committee, which met last week under the chairmanship of Takis Koutris, agreed to consider these specific issues and to contribute to the revision process.


ISTEC agreed with a suggested policy decision on the application of inert gas to all new ships put forward by the Chemical Tanker Committee. ISTEC further improved and refined the recommended policy.


Another action plan resulting from coordination between ISTEC and the Vetting Committee relates to clarification of the frequency of cargo oil tank inspection as performed by vetting inspectors.


ISTEC also took note that the joint Tanker Structure Cooperative Forum (TSCF) and INTERTANKO Guidance Manual for the Maintenance of Tanker Structure is now ready for editing and printing. The Guide provides tanker operators with a standard framework on which to build on their maintenance procedures and strategies. The Guide will be published by INTERTANKO and it will be released shortly.


ISTEC considered many other issues, such as:

  • life boat safety, secondary means of ventilation
  • completion of a successful activity with regard to the IMO revision of rules and guides related to oil waste treatment installations
  • IMO plan to make ECDIS mandatory on new buildings
  • the establishment of an ISTEC Navigation Working Group.

 Reports on these will be given in various articles of the Weekly NEWS.


Contact: Dragos Rauta