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Saturday, December 16, 2017

INTERTANKO's Vice Chairman sends powerful message at CMA

INTERTANKO's Vice Chairman Bob Johnston delivered one of the keynote "State of the Industry" speeches on the opening day of the CMA (Connecticut Maritime Association) 2010 conference in Stamford, CT.

 

He spoke of the value of international shipping associations and their engagement in many facets of regulation and operation around the globe, suggesting that owners need a strong voice. He said that one owner speaking out on an issue is not heard. What owners need is mass, and international shipping associations give that mass. He stressed that the key to proactively improving maritime safety, security and protection of the marine environment is through the development of voluntary industry standards and best practices.

 

He highlighted that in a changing world, while the IMO remained the focus to develop a regulatory framework for shipping, it was under pressure by regional blocs, countries and even local states. He cited examples such as fuel requirements in the European Union (EU) and North America – which are not even the same in different U.S. states - and the New York State ballast treatment rules which are 100 and 1000 times more stringent than those agreed in the IMO. Industry has been pushing hard for the IMO to keep its authority but every time a new local rule goes into affect it chips away at the authority of the IMO. Why does that happen he asked? We do not engage properly. We have to do a better job supporting the IMO. Associations and the companies that they represent must lead by example. All must walk the talk.

 

He suggested that while national ship owner associations still have a role to play in local issues and with their national administrations, there are a multitude of issues which require an international overview in order to achieve a degree of uniformity and harmonisation.

 

In a call to put egos aside, he stressed the importation of cooperation and the developing of coalitions among like-minded partners in order to strengthen industry's voice and influence.

 

In his concluding remarks, he highlighted that the shipping industry is best represented when it is united and delivering a unified message, which in turn creates the likelihood of a much more fruitful dialogue with regulators. Effective international associations are those that are prepared to be proactive, work with partners to build coalitions, engage globally, and are prepared to lead – thus making a difference.

 

Click here to download Captain Johnston's speech.

 

Contact: Sally Woulfe