Record numbers at INTERTANKO Seafarers’ Vetting Seminar in Manila

Over 1,300 seafaring officers and crew attended INTERTANKO’s Seafarers’ Vetting Seminar held this week at NYK-TDG Maritime Academy in Laguna in the Philippines.

This seminar was conducted in response to INTERTANKO’s focus on the human element and the emphasis by the Vetting Committee that all Seafarers should be actively involved in the ship inspection process.

The programme was put together to provide wider access for seafarers to training and familiarisation as one of the many benefits of INTERTANKO membership – the seminar was free of charge to seafarers serving with INTERTANKO member companies.

The Seminar was chaired by Capt Michael Wilson, President of Laurin Maritime (America) Inc and Chairman of INTERTANKO’s Vetting Committee. He stated that “The response to this Seminar has been tremendous and demonstrates the strong desire that seafarers here have for learning. INTERTANKO will deliver these seminars regularly and support seafarers from all regions of the world”.

The keynote address was given by Atty. Nicasio A. Conti, Officer-In-Charge of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) under the Department of Transport and Communications of the Government of the Philippines.

Acknowledging the large number of seafarers (1324) present, Atty. Conti highlighted the important role that the Philippines plays in providing the maritime industry with quality seafaring personnel. He expressed his pleasure at being able to provide the keynote speech and thanked Capt Wilson and INTERTANKO for hosting this event in The Philippines.

INTERTANKO’s Vetting Committee recognises the hunger for knowledge on all aspects of the ship-vetting process and regularly hosts vetting seminars around the world. However, this seminar in the Philippines was unique in that it was arranged specifically for seafarers with a view to providing them guidance in the vital role they play during a vetting inspection.

The presentations were designed to enhance the seafarers' understanding of the vetting inspection system, and provide advice and guidance on how to prepare for, execute and conduct an effective close-out meeting following the inspection.

Capt Wilson delivered a strong message on the need for leadership and responsibility at all levels of a ship’s staff, encouraging everyone to “lead the way and make a difference”.

In addition to the key issues of the ship inspection process, the seafarers were also informed of the various ship-inspection feedback systems that INTERTANKO has in place, such as its Vetting Inspection Feedback Forms and the Terminal Vetting Database. These systems ensure a fair and balanced vetting process and recognise the importance of seafarers' opinions and allow the seafarer's voice to be heard.
Presentations were given:

All those that participated in the seminar were issued with an INTERTANKO Certificate of Attendance. The areas of learning covered in the Seminar:

  • Leadership and Responsibility
  • Preparing for a Ship Inspection
  • What does the inspector look for?
  • The importance of a ‘Close-Out’ meeting
  • Inspection feedback systems

A photograph of the event may be accessed here.

Capt Wilson also provided the audience with an update on the piracy situation in Somalia and highlighted the plight of the hostages still held on ships and ashore. He urged all those present to visit the SOS SaveOurSeafarers website ( and use it to send letters to their government. His presentation on piracy can be accessed here.

INTERTANKO extends its sincere thanks to all the speakers and distinguished guests, to Capt. Michael Wilson for chairing the seminar, to NYK-TDG Maritime Academy for the use of their excellent facilities and kind assistance in making the Seminar a success, and to the seafarers themselves for attending.

Contact: Ajay Gour