ATHENS INTERTANKO EVENT “Tanker owners expect recovery from 2012”

With the tanker freights near at historical low levels, tanker owners who met in Athens at INTERTANKO Annual Event believe that the recovery of the market will come during 2012.

In his message the chairman of INTERTANKO Capt. G. Westgarth said that “2010 was a busy year for INTERTANKO, with members of the team working actively worldwide to promote and protect Member’s interests. Our increasingly unpredictable world, and the proliferation of tanker issues, have brought about a desire to focus our work on issues that have been prioritized by our members. Our Workplan for 2011, under construction since second half 2010, identifies the priorities under each of our six key focus areas:

Safety/Technical, Seafarers, Environment, Operations, Regulatory/Legal and Tanker Information, giving the Secretariat a sharp focus for our work in 2011.  While many other key issues preoccupy our members and our Secretariat, one of the most pre-eminent has been Somali piracy, where the extended reach of pirates and their increasing violence towards our seafarers has prompted growing concern among ship operators”.

In his address Mr. Yiannis Diamantidis, the Greek minister of Maritime Affairs, Islands & Fisheries told that “the international community should recognize the need to adopt in IMO context, sustainable solutions with international force, implemented for all ships regardless of their flag. The above approach should also be reflected in resolutions to be adopted in future meetings of International Bodies dealing with climate change and especially in the next IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee session and the United Nations Conference in Durban South Africa”.

Full article, ELNAVI magazine, Issue 450, Page. 46

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