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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

INTERTANKO's presentation to the Warsash Maritime Academy

INTERTANKO was invited to give a presentation to the second group of senior lecturers from Philippines' maritime education and training institutions in Manila this week, as part of their Post Graduate Certificate studies at the Warsash Maritime Academy. These institutions were the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA); Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP); University of Cebu; and FMFI Maritime Foundation Inc.


INTERTANKO's Maritime Advisor Minerva Alfonso's presentation highlighted why the quality of human resources is key to the future success of the tanker shipping industry; the importance of ensuring high standards in the training of seafarers in the Philippines and elsewhere; as well as the need to maintain a regular dialogue with industry.


Alfonso discussed the role that the Association plays in providing leadership to the tanker industry in ensuring the safe, environmentally sound and efficient seaborne transportation of oil, gas and chemical products. She also outlined INTERTANKO's initiatives in support of the recruitment, training and retention of sea staff; the Tanker Officer Training Standards (TOTS) system; as well as initiatives to support the welfare and well-being of ships' crews.


Focusing on piracy and armed robbery, a significant issue that has been a recurring theme on the agendas of the international industry organisations for a number of years, Alfonso reported on the latest situation in the Gulf of Aden; an outline of INTERTANKO and industry initiatives; and an assessment of existing international laws which provide the definitions as well as the legal basis for prosecuting maritime violence [UNCLOS and the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA) Treaties], as well as the limitations of these laws.


Click here to view Ms. Alfonso's presentation.


Contact: Minerva R. Alfonso