INTERTANKO hosts two Vetting Seminars:

·          26 November, Manila - specifically for seafarers

·          21 November 2007, Hong Kong, China - for operators, with oil major presentations


We emphasise that these two seminars approach the subject of vetting in quite different ways.


The Manila seminar is an in-house run seminar specially aimed at providing help, assistance and guidance to your seafarers in preparing for and undergoing a vetting inspection.


The Hong Kong Seminar is our more traditional vetting seminar with vetting presentations given by  BP Shipping, Petronas, Rightship, Conoco Philippines and a presentation by INTERTANKO on our Tanker Officer Training Standards (TOTS)


The details of the two events are as follows:


The Hong Kong Vetting Seminar 21 November 2007


INTERTANKO is holding a Vetting Seminar for its members with BP, Rightship and Petronas. It will be in the afternoon of 21 November 2007 at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel, 64 Mody Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China.


The Seminar will start at 12:00 with a buffet lunch followed by presentations by Andrew Rayapan, BP Shipping’s Regional Assurance Manager for Asia Pacific; Warwick Norman, CEO & Manager of Rightship; Capt Samsudin M Yassin, CEO of Petronas Maritime Services Sdn Bhd; Capt Rakesh Dhir, Conoco Philippines. There will also be an update by INTERTANKO’s Marine Director Capt Howard Snaith on INTERTANKO's Tanker Officer Training Standard (TOTS).


The seminar is free of charge but we do ask that members wishing to attend complete the registration form given below with the name of their company and the names of the delegates they will be sending. This will ensure that we can make adequate arrangements for numbers and seating.


Click here for the schedule and agenda as well as the registration form. Please send the completed registration form either by e-mail to or by fax marked for the attention of Adele Garnett on +44 (0) 207 977 7011.


We look forward to seeing you in Hong Kong, China!


The Manila Seafarers Vetting Seminar 26th November


In view of the INTERTANKO focus on human element-related matters, the Vetting Committee felt that it would be prudent to produce a vetting seminar for seafaring officers (home on leave) by providing training to enhance their understanding of the vetting process, of why these inspections are undertaken, and to provide them with assistance in preparing for the inspection.


INTERTANKO has hosted many vetting seminars over the years aimed specifically at assisting Superintendents, CEOs and Fleet Managers, etc. maintain up-to-date information, input and insight into the vetting and Port State Control process. However, this seminar in Manila is unique and is aimed specifically at providing guidance and training to the seafarers themselves, who are at the sharp end of vetting inspections.


The seminar will be chaired by the INTERTANKO Vetting Committee Chairman (Capt Bob Bishop), with presentations provided by the two Vice-Chairmen of the Vetting Committee (Capt Michael Wilson and Alan Johnson), the Vetting Committee Secretary Capt Howard Snaith (INTERTANKO's Marine & Chemical Director), and Capt David Savage from SIRE. We also hope to confirm a keynote address by a very senior Government representative of the Philippines.


We have arranged a large venue for the event. The NYK-TDG Maritime Academy (NTMA) at Canlubang, Laguna in the Philippines can cater for up to 1,000 delegates (we extend our thanks to NYK for assisting us). Therefore members may send as many seafarers as they feel will benefit.


A certificate of attendance will be provided to all the seafarers who attend. Please note that attendance is free of charge for our members' seafaring officers at the seminar, provided as a service to the INTERTANKO membership.


We strongly encourage members to send their seafarers to this unique half-day event. Senior officers (deck and engine) will benefit from attending, but also junior ranks and petty officers will gain an insight into the whole vetting process and be better prepared by attending the seminar.


All we ask is that members provide us with a list of the names of attending officers on the registration sheet given below. This will enable us to provide adequate administration and certification on completion of the seminar.


Please bring this seminar to the attention of your Crewing Departments, Vetting Departments and Manning Agencies.


Click here for the schedule, agenda and registration form. Please return this registration form either by e-mail to or by fax marked for the attention of Adele Garnett to +44 (0) 207 977 7011.


Contact: Howard Snaith