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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

International shipping meets in St. Petersburg

A host of senior representatives from the IMO, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), European Commission, European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), Maritime Administrations, Port State Control (PSC), classification societies, maritime universities, shipping associations and other organisations gathered this week in St Petersburg.


The occasion was the Thirteenth International Seminar hosted by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping and the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation. Under the general title of XXI Century Standards, and with a sub-theme of "Humans and the Sea: A Long way towards Harmony", the Seminar covered a wide variety of legislative, regulatory, safety, environmental, technical and operational topics aimed at improvements in shipping.


Many referenced the important role of the human element and made direct reference to the IMO's Year of the Seafarer. They noted the dependence of safe shipping on well-trained, experienced and motivated crews and management, all wedded to the establishment of company-wide safety cultures. All of the presentations will be available on the Register's website


In his presentation to the Seminar, INTERTANKO's Managing Director Dr Peter Swift touched on seafarer concerns, the work of INTERTANKO, and the need for stakeholder involvement inter alia in reducing the threat of piracy, in lowering the bureaucratic burden on board, in addressing unwarranted criminalisation and in ensuring the fairer treatment of seafarers. He then turned to the role of shipping in meeting climate challenges, summarising the regulatory processes and timetables, IMO programmes and industry activities and initiatives. To view his presentation click here


Contact: Peter Swift