Gas Tanker Committee (GTC)
“Being part of the INTERTANKO Gas Tanker Committee during this time of constant change with challenges to be faced as an outcome of the global transition to cleaner energy, requires collective leadership and active engagement in order for our group to continue serving the global trade with safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally sustainable gas transportation. As INTERTANKO's Gas Tanker Committee Chairman, I am proud that this group, among the many ongoing significant changes, continues to subscribe to the Association’s fundamental principles and mission to promote through innovation; seeking to add value; and, to act as the key industry resource for information exchange and the development of policies and best practices.
"The GTC purpose and focus will remain on continuing to apply its collective experience and knowledge; working collaboratively with peers and constructively listening to the feedback from the many stakeholders and industry partners; obtaining, thus, a meaningful insight in order to act as the key to driving the successful resolution of Members’ concerns. We have entered a new decade during which the global energy network will be reformatted. This year we shall work towards promoting the concept of gas as fuel with pragmatic terms, whilst we shall put in our agenda the preparation of guidelines for improving existing designs of gas carriers with energy savings processes, contributing, thus, from our side to the minimization of carbon footprint of the shipping industry. We will ensure to work all together as a team towards a sustainable development, while maintaining safe operations and operational excellence as the solid foundation of our approach.”
Kostas Vlachos, Latsco Marine Management
INTERTANKO's Gas Tanker Committee (GTC) was formed in 2016 to address the needs of the growing proportion of Members with LNG/LPG interests and to provide dedicated operational support and advice on gas-related issues.
The GTC's key objective is to be the voice of all independent gas tanker owners. In order to achieve this, the GTC aims to:
- Promote the interests of independent gas tanker owners in international forums/organisations
- Promote best practice and standards beyond compliance with regulations
- Provide owners with expert counsel on gas-specific technical and commercial matters
- Introduce gas tanker owners to full range of services provided by INTERTANKO
Issues currently at the forefront of the GTC agenda include:
- Emissions reduction path of shipping through gas as fuel.
- Work on IGC and IGF codes with IACS and other industry associations with respect to amendments and unified interpretations
- Work with the Documentary Committee to address gas specific Charter Party clauses issues.
For 2020 (and beyond) the Committee is looking to:
- Establish a multi-disciplinary Joint Working Group on Gas as fuel able to address industry need and give it necessary support.
- Take active participation in the IMO proposed work stream for IGC revision.
- Develop for gas carriers a guidance to STS plan.
- Review/develop Cargo Compressor Room(Enclosed Space Entry Procedures)
- Loading limit guidance for gas carriers and gas bunker tanks for IGF vessels.
Chairman: Kostas Vlachos, Latsco Marine Management
Secretary: Younes Alouani
t: 020 7977 7027
Assistant Manager Marine
t: +44 20 7977 7013
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INTERTANKO Gas Tanker Committee holds virtual meeting
INTERTANKO’s Gas Tanker Committee (GTC) held a virtual meeting on Wednesday 10 June 2020. Chaired remotely from Athens by Mr Kostas... MORE
Gas Tanker Committee minutes available
Chaired by Capt Rajalingam of MISC Berhad, the sixth meeting of INTERTANKO’s Gas Tanker Committee met in Dubai on Wednesday... MORE
INTERTANKO Gas Tanker Committee meets in Dubai
Under the chair of Captain Rajalingam of MISC Berhad, the 6th meeting of INTERTANKO’s Gas Tanker committee met in Dubai... MORE
INTERTANKO’s Gas Tanker Committee meets in London
INTERTANKO'S Gas Tanker Committee (GTC) held its fifth session on 3 May in London. A new member, Demetris Makaritis of... MORE
IGC Code on the agenda as Gas Tanker Committee meets in Singapore
INTERTANKO'S Gas Tanker Committee (GTC) held its fourth session on 12 October in AET's Singapore office. The gathered delegates were... MORE
Lay-up and Reactivation Guidelines for Gas Carriers
INTERTANKO's Lay-up and Reactivation Guidelines for Gas Carriers. INTERTANKO's GTC developed general guidelines on lay-up (and reactivation) of gas tankers... MORE
Guide to Blending/Commingling of LPG Cargoes On Board Gas Carriers
The GTC's first publication was developed to assist Members in the process of safely blending LPG cargoes and complying with... MORE
Terms of Reference
Terms of Reference
Gas Tanker Committee
1. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
- 1.1 The aim of the Gas Tanker Committee (GTC) is to further the interests of independent gas tanker owners by being closely involved in the following areas:
- 1.1.1 Improvement of safety and operational aspects on board gas tankers though the development of procedures, guidelines and best practices.
- 1.1.2 National and international regulatory developments.
- 1.1.3 Carriage of gas as cargo and, as appropriate, gas as a fuel.
- 1.1.4 Issues related to the interface between ship and terminal.
- 1.1.5 Rules and requirements issued by other bodies.
- 1.1.6 Statutory and third party inspections and issues relating to sea trials and gas trials of LPG carriers.
- 1.1.7 Training, competency and verification thereof for seafarers and shore staff dealing with Gas carriers.
- 1.1.8 Development of benchmarking and KPIs on safety and operational matters (inerting, cooling down process, heating and vaporising cargo, etc.)
- 1.1.9 Technological developments on matters related with reliquefaction plants and cargo monitoring systems.
- 1.1.10 Documentary aspects of gas chartering.
- 1.2 The GTC shall, in addition to acting as a resource group for the Association, act as a link between INTERTANKO and other gas industry associations such as SIGTTO, SGMF, CDI and GIIGNL. This, with the aim of ensuring that gas tanker owners’ interests are considered.
- 1.3 In its work, the GTC is to pay due regard to relevant work being done by other INTERTANKO Committees and by other organisations and regulatory bodies. In addition, the GTC shall do its best to be aware of, not duplicate and contribute to the work being done by other gas tanker organisations such as SIGTTO, SGMF, CDI and GIIGNL.
- 1.4 The GTC shall develop and continue dialogue with IMO, SIGTTO, SGMF, GIIGNL OCIMF and other organisations and co-operate with them, where it is found to be useful and beneficial for INTERTANKO gas tanker owners.
- 1.5 Committee members may be selected to represent INTERTANKO on external bodies. Representation should reflect the position adopted by the association. Members making such external representation should provide a report on any meetings attended to the Committee.
- 2.1 The Gas Tanker Committee will comprise of members operating gas tankers. When appropriate, representatives from gas industry organizations, such as SIGTTO, SGMF and GIIGNL may be invited to attend the committee meetings as guests.
- 2.2 The committee membership will be restricted to 25 members.
- 2.3 The Committee will review its membership based upon the active participation of the individual members and attendance at every committee meeting. Applications from new candidates should be reviewed at every meeting when the committee reviews its membership.
- 2.4 Members should attend committee meetings and actively participate in the committee discussions. Repeated non-attendance/ non contribution may result in a review of committee membership and a recommendation of removal from the committee. A committee member may, on occasion, be represented by an alternate from his company.
- 2.5 Membership of the Committee (and any sub-committees/working groups) shall be open to Members of the Association and by invitation to others who are able to contribute usefully to the work of the Committee. Committee members should have experience and expertise which will contribute to the aims and objectives of the Committee, therefore, membership of the committee rests with the individual, not the company.
- 2.6 Committee members will serve on the Committee for two years, which can be extended for another two years, unless other reasons apply and are approved by the Executive Committee. Examples of when other reasons apply could include when it is difficult to get new members to join a Committee or the member has specific expertise that would be valuable in the resolution of an important issue under discussion by the Committee.
- 2.7 The make-up of the committee should generally reflect the geographical representation of the wider membership of INTERTANKO.
3. CHAIRMAN & VICE-CHAIRMAN
- 3.1 The Chairman and Vice Chairman shall be nominated by GTC for election by the Council.
- 3.2 The Chairman’s and Vice-chairman’s term of office is two years which can be extended for another two years, unless other reasons apply and are approved by the Executive Committee. Examples of when other reasons apply could include when a new Chairman (or Vice-Chairman) cannot be found or the resolution of an important issue under discussion by the Committee would benefit for the Chairman’s (or Vice-Chairman’s) leadership.
- 4.1 The Committee will typically meet twice a year.
- 4.2 The Chairman may invite observers to the meetings.
5. TRAVEL EXPENSES
- 5.1 Travel expenses related to the Committee’s membership should be paid for by the member’s company.
6. TERMS OF REFERENCE
- 6.1 The Terms of Reference and any subsequent changes shall be approved by the Council.
- 7.1 The INTERTANKO Secretariat undertakes the secretarial and administrative tasks for the GTC.
- 8.1 The GTC will report to the INTERTANKO Council.
Stealth Maritime Corporation SA
Mr. Anil Arora
Unique Shipping (H.K.) Limited
Capt Shu Binglin
Associated Maritime Company (HK) Ltd
Capt. Michael Bourekas
GasLog LNG Service Ltd
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Cyprus) Ltd
Mr. Sokratis Dimakopoulos
Minerva Marine Inc
Petredec Holdings (Eastern) Pte Ltd
Mr. George Kourelis
Capt. Claude Maerten
Exmar Marine NV
Capt. Abbassali Mulji
MOL LNG Transport (Europe) Ltd
Capt. Dimitrios Oikonomou
Dorian (Hellas) SA
Capt. Sanjay Patil
Eaglestar Shipmanagement (London)
Ms. Marta Ponis
Stolt Tankers B.V.
Capt. Peteris Rabsa
Mr. Andrew Roberts
Teekay Marine Services (Glasgow)
Mr. Douglas Rowat
Northern Marine Management Ltd.
Capt. Iain Scally
NYK LNG Shipmanagement (UK) Ltd
Capt. Sanjiv Sethi
Mr. Maxim Sharov
SCF Management Services (Cyprus) Ltd
Mr. Niraj Singh
Epic Ship Management Pte. Ltd.
Mr. Ioannis Stefanou
Wallem Shipmanagement Limited
Mr. Kostas Vlachos
Latsco Marine Management Inc