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Saturday, December 16, 2017

INTERTANKO Executive Committee meets in London

The first INTERTANKO Executive Committee meeting of 2010 was held on 1 February at INTERTANKO's office in London. The meeting was chaired by newly appointed Chairman, Capt Graham Westgarth, President of Teekay Marine Services. The meeting was attended for the first time by new Executive Committee members: Carlos Juan Madinabeitia of Tradewind Tankers S.A., John Platsidakis of Angelicoussis Shipping Group, Stephan Polomsky of Claus-Peter Offen Tankschiffreederei GmbH & Co KG and Capt Subramaniam Rajalingam of MISC Berhad.

 

INTERTANKO's Managing Director Dr Peter Swift gave a review of the issues and activities of the Association in 2009, highlighting in particular work carried out on Greenhouse Gases, Piracy, Human Element, Fuels and TOTS (Tanker Officer Training Standards). The Executive Committee continued its discussions on the Organisational Review of INTERTANKO, while the setting of work priorities and activities with the Council also moved forward.

 

In the aftermath of the U.N.'s COP15 environmental conference in Copenhagen in December, the Committee continues to focus on the issue of Greenhouse Gases. It was agreed that information could be collated, with certain assumptions on growth in demand, numbers of ships, fuel costs and technical measures being improved, to establish what reduction levels are achievable. These discussions will be taken to the MEPC 60 meeting at the IMO in March, where it is hoped tangible progress will be made. The Association's Technical Director Dragos Rauta also outlined the various proposals for Market Based Instruments.

 

The Association's Marine Director Capt Howard Snaith reported on INTERTANKO's extensive activities in addressing Piracy in the Gulf of Aden. The importance of registering and reporting to MSCHOA (Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa) was stressed as well as following the industry Best Management Practices.

 

The Secretariat continues its involvement in all Working Groups and in the U.N. Contact Group for Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, which met recently in New York. Work is to be carried out on seafarer welfare in the aftermath of an attack or hijack, also on ways of sharing information on the effectiveness of Self Protective Measures.

 

Members are also encouraged to provide Merchant Navy Liaison Officers for secondment to Northwood, MSCHOA's UK base.

 

Further important issues, including the IMO Year of the Seafarer, Chinese Marine Pollution Regulations and the EU Sulphur Directive were also highlighted.

 

Contact: Michele White