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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

INTERTANKO Tanker Event - Fruitful and successful INTERTANKO meetings in Istanbul

INTERTANKO’s Istanbul Tanker Event saw some 330 Members, Associate Members and Exhibitors gathered for three days of Executive Committee and Council meetings, focus sessions, tanker market presentations and for the third Poseidon Challenge meeting. This was held against the stunning backdrop of the Bosphorus – both for the work as well as for the social parts of the programme.


Click here to see coverage of the Istanbul Tanker Event on Tradewinds television – there are a dozen or so clips dated 21-23 March.  


While extremely proud of what the tanker industry has been achieving as an efficient and proactive industry, it is with increasing misgivings that INTERTANKO’s Council notes the upturn in reported tanker incidents since 2004. The cause? Fingers are pointing towards increased transparency and more reporting, towards hard-worked ships and crews in a succession of strong markets, towards the manpower shortage that has meant some taking shortcuts in training and recruitment. We are determined to work with the rest of the shipping industry, in particular with the P&I and hull insurance sectors, to find out the cause of this unacceptable rise in incidents and to develop appropriate responses.


At the forefront of INTERTANKO’s activities this year will remain the human element, with a focus on tanker officer training standards (TOTS), cadet berths, seafarer recruitment, education and training,  STCW revision, and habitability and accommodation standards. We continue to encourage members to increase the number of filled cadet berths, to provide education and training on board ship as well as ashore, and to help make the tanker industry something that today’s good young people really want to be part of.


Air emissions will remain high on the agenda throughout 2008 – with GHG issues remaining a top priority. INTERTANKO’s Council has endorsed an extensive work programme covering further development of a matrix of GHG reduction options for new and existing ships, an evaluation of CO2 measurement indices for new ships and ships in service, continuing assessment of market mechanisms – such as emission trading, carbon levies and other incentivisation schemes - as well as other issues including carbon capture and shared research programmes. We will also be working with the IMO and with a wide coalition of industry partners to support an ambitious schedule of work to reduce GHG emissions from shipping.


Contact: Bill Box