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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

INTERTANKO Tanker Event - Highlights from the Council meeting

A well-attended INTERTANKO Council met under the chairmanship of Nicholas G. Fistes to discuss a highly topical and important agenda. The Chairman welcomed the new Council members and thanked departing Council members for their support.


On behalf of the Association, the Chairman also paid special thanks for their support and service to departing Executive Committee members Lars Mossberg and Stephen Van Dyck, who have completed their maximum term on the Committee and to Hans Jørgen Firing and Michio Tamiya who have resigned from the Committee as they pursue other business interests.


Patrick Decavele, Bengt Hermelin and David Koo were elected Vice Chairmen.


Amir Azizan, Robert Johnston, J. H. Lee, Stefano Rosina, Manolis Vordonis and Graham Westgarth were re-elected to INTERTANKO’s Executive Committee.


Elected as new members of the Executive Committee were:


Herbjørn Hansson – Chairman & CEO, Nordic American Tanker Shipping, Norway


Costis Kertisikoff – CEO, Eletson Corporation, Greece


Kristian Mørch - Group Senior Vice President, Maersk Tankers, Denmark


MD Peter Swift announced the geographical expansion of the Hellenic Forum to include other Mediterranean countries. He also announced the establishment of a new North European Panel, with Lars Mossberg formally elected its first Chairman. Draft Terms of Reference (ToR) were endorsed for both these Regional Panels. Council were also informed on the formation of an Advisory CPR Working Group which, inter alia, will assist with INTERTANKO’s future communications strategies.


INTERTANKO welcomed twelve new Members with 71 tankers of 7.1m dwt, giving the Association more than 80% of the independent tanker fleet over 10,000 dwt.


Aksay Denizcilik Ve Tic,  Delta Tankers   

Exmar Shipmanagement  

Hyundai Merchant Marine  

Rederi AB Gotland  

General National Maritime Transport Co   

Makro Shipping & Ship Management  

Atlas Maritime         

Portunato & Cie         

Vietnam Ocean Shipping Co        

Grupo TMM       

YaSa Tankercilik Ve Tasimacilik

Unigas Kosan

INTERTANKO also welcomed thirteen new Associate Members, taking the total up to 330.

Conoco Phillips

Consilium Marine Group  



Gallagher Marine Systems             

Inchcape Shipping Services    

Kalmar Maritime Academy    

Norwegian School of Mercantile Studies  

Singapore Polytechnic  


Spectec Holdings 

Sumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering    

Survival Craft Inspectorate


Council was also advised of the establishment of an INTERTANKO office in Brussels, situated in the same building as the office of INTERTANKO’s Brussels consultant ADS Insight. The main purpose of establishing an office in Brussels is to work with ADS Insight to enhance INTERTANKO’s presence and place a further emphasis on EU matters.


Council endorsed the continuing work towards mandatory Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS), and also on the load line zone off South Africa issue.


A major issue at this meeting was the official release of the Tanker Officer Training Standards (TOTS). The system was presented and a full set of TOTS publications was presented to all Council attendees. Marine Director Howard Snaith and all who had produced this new training standard were duly congratulated and thanked for their substantial achievement. Members were encouraged to implement the system in their organisations and further efforts will be made to get the system into use in the industry.


Amir Azizan gave an overview of the work in the Human Element Committee (HEiSC, which comprised INTERTANKO’s position in the revision of STCW, the quality of accommodation onboard tankers and the Cadet Berth Study. This led to a discussion on how to motivate young people to choose a career at sea.


Substantial satisfaction was expressed at the positive outcome of MARPOL Annex VI at MEPC 57 some weeks back and due recognition was given to Technical Director Dragos Rauta and others who had been active in the process. Rauta gave a presentation on the current status.


Ketil Djønne and Kristian Fuglesang provided an overview on the status of European issues, including forthcoming events at the Commission and Parliament.


With regard to U.S. Issues, Joe Angelo informed on INTERTANKO’s recent successful action to ease security requirements for vessels arriving at U.S. ports from named countries and ports which are deemed not to have adequate security implemented. This positive result is expected to save tanker operators substantial extra expenses related to armed guards.


Henrik Von Platen was welcomed as new Chairman of ISTEC and Dean Tseretopoulos received due recognition for his excellent performance as ISTEC Chairman.


Council agreed that, where not already Executive Committee or Council members, henceforth all Panel Chairmen will be invited to attend Executive Committee meetings, and all Committee Chairmen invited to Council meetings, but they would not have voting rights.


Contact: Gunnar A. Knudsen