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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Seatrade Awards for three Members/Associate Members and for INTERTANKO’s TOTS initiative

INTERTANKO’s Tanker Officer Training Standards (TOTS) initiative has won the Seatrade Award for the category of Investment in People which recognises a significant contribution to the recruitment, training, retention and advancement of the industry’s most valuable asset, its people.


Three other INTERTANKO Members and Associate Members were also honoured at this prestigious international awards ceremony: Varun Shipping Company Limited, Marinvest Shipping AB and Survival Systems International.


  • Yudhishthir Khatau, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Varun Shipping Company Limited, was presented with the Seatrade Young Person in Shipping Award for 2009. The Award recognised the strong contribution he has made as President of the Indian National Shipowners Association and as an active member of INSA’s Tonnage Tax Committee, as well as his role on the Board of BIMCO and as the Counsellor for the BIMCO 39 grouping of younger people in the industry.


  • Marinvest received the Seatrade Award for Innovation in Ship Operations. This was for its Help me Home emergency ‘take me home’ propulsion system which it fitted recently to four panamax tanker newbuildings. With a disconnector unit fitted to the shaft line, the dowels that normally transmit the engine thrust are pulled out and instead during emergency operation internal spherical bearings transmit the thrust using a hydraulic PTI drive that gives a vessel speed of 10 knots.


  • Survival Systems International received the Seatrade Award for Safety at Sea. Its Triple5 Lifeboat Release Mechanism is based on SSI’s current hook that has a 25 year accident-free history. It uses an inherently stable hook using a load-over centre design that uses the weights of the boat to hold the hook closed and not to open it.


Launched in April 2008 during INTERTANKO’s Istanbul Tanker Event, TOTS is a core competency-based training system for tanker officers which aims to raise the bar over and above the minimum acceptable standard, and to be accepted as the norm of a competent tanker officer. It involves tanker operation and tanker safety elements, and also focuses on aspects of the human element, as well as re-invigorating the mentoring concept.


Becoming accepted as an industry standard, TOTS is a proactive move that establishes a set of voluntary tanker officer training standards for INTERTANKO Members and others. When complied with, TOTS will ensure a tanker officer’s competency for ship board operations on three different types of tankers, namely crude, product and chemical tankers.



  • All the award recipients (Capt Howard Snaith from right)  click here
  • Capt Howard Snaith (centre), Carleen Lyden-Kluss (left) representing Namepa (award sponsor), Jim Fitzpatrick MP, UK Transport Secretary  click here


Contact: Howard Snaith