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Sunday, November 18, 2018

China Oil Transportation Safety Forum held in Beijing

National and international representatives of the oil transportation industry, government officials and related interests met in Beijing this week to review safety regulations, standards and related issues.


The China Classification Society (CCS), COSCO and Sinopec jointly hosted the two-day Forum in CCS offices, supported by the Chinese Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Industry and Information, and Energy Bureau, China MSA, China P&I, CANSI, China Shipping Development Co and Unipec, with representatives from all of the leading national oil and tanker shipping companies. International representatives attending included OCIMF, BP, Shell, ExxonMobiil, UK P&I and INTERTANKO.


Topics covered during the meeting included:

  • Government policies
  • International and national rules and regulations
  • Performance records and safety statistics
  • Enhancing the opportunities for cooperation
  • Ship design, construction and operation
  • Terminal safety
  • Ship and terminal vetting
  • Ship insurance and liability regimes.


The objectives were to focus on all aspects of safety and pollution prevention in the oil transportation chain and on the potential for further improvement. Somewhat inevitably there were various references to the Deepwater Horizon accident and to the even more relevant and topical pipeline explosions and oil spill at the Dalian Xingang oil port in the week prior to the event.


In a formal presentation to the Forum, INTERTANKO’s Managing Director Dr Peter Swift spoke on the Human Element and Oil Shipping Safety. Pointing out that while a safe industry required a sound governance structure, the highest standards for hardware, equipment and systems, it was essential that the critical importance of the human element in the management and operation of ships should not be overlooked.


In his presentation he highlighted the improving safety record of the tanker industry and the several contributory factors behind this, together with its environmental, cost-effective, energy- efficient and reliable performance. He set out key success factors for oil shipping safety including the need for competent crews – properly trained, experienced and motivated.


Submitting the premise that a “happy ship is a safer ship”, he gave a handful of examples of where improvements in design and construction, operational procedures and practices would be beneficial, and where the particular concerns of seafarers warrant more attention. He cited examples of specific actions by industry associations and owners, and also stressed the importance of an enhanced dialogue and cooperation between the several stakeholders in each of these areas.


A formal record of the meeting will be circulated as soon as it becomes available


For a copy of Swift’s presentation click here


Contact: Peter Swift