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Saturday, October 20, 2018

INTERTANKO’s Hellenic Mediterranean Panel meets in Athens

This week’s meeting in Athens of INTERTANKO’s Hellenic Mediterranean Panel was well-attended by over 60 participants despite a general strike being called for the same day.


Chaired by Eletson’s Costis Kertsikoff, the Panel enjoyed some spirited discussion and was keen to question the visiting speakers. 

INTERTANKO’s Dr Peter Swift gave a general Managing Director’s report to Members on the Association’s business and on some of the key issues of the day that are on the agenda of the Association’s Council for its May meeting.


Swift gave a comprehensive presentation on the greenhouse gas issue, pointing out how challenging it is pinning down the operational and practical realities of reducing air emissions from tankers. With the IMO turning its attention to addressing and debating market based instruments (MBI), - emissions trading, fuel levies, funding systems, and cap-and-trade options – the European Commission continues its evaluation of shipping emissions and the option of using MBIs to reduce GHGs - including the possibility of shipping being included in the EU’s Emission Trading System and so joining the aviation industry, which will be included from 2012.


INTERTANKO has been preparing for this by discussing the different options with its Members at governing body level as well as in its regional panels. It took note of concerns expressed by the Panel, which will be relayed to the Council in May.


Local Area Manager Bill Box gave an update on what has been, and is being, done to bring about increased protection of ships from pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia, and also off  Nigeria.


Capt Timothy Crowch, Managing Director of  Advanced Safety System Management (ASSM), talked to Panel Members on the philosophy of proactive safety management. Crowch is a former senior commercial airline captain, 32 years with Swissair, recognised for over 20 years as a tireless contributor to the world of safety and system management.


Capt Oliver Pointon, SIRE Compliance Manager with OCIMF, talked about SIRE, its operation, and what it expects of you when a tanker is vetted. He addressed some of the specific concerns that our Members worldwide have raised recently.


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Peter Swift