"The Vetting Committee is committed to work on improving all aspects of ship inspections, vetting and Port State Control matters with energy companies, industry bodies and port states to ensure Members’ challenges are adequately addressed and that we move forward and bridge the gaps between the various sections of the industry. We also aim to offer guidance to promote improved safety and quality standards within our industry."
Steve Hardy - NYK Line, Chairman - Vetting Committee
- To foster INTERTANKO Members’ interests in relation to inspections and screenings performed by entities such as Port States, oil and chemical charterers, P&I Clubs, hull underwriters, terminals and others
- To reduce the proliferation and the cost of ship inspections which should be transparent and justifiable
To this end the Committee:
- Promotes recognition for the statutory work performed by Classification Societies
- Promotes recognition for owners’ maintenance programmes and self- assessment schemes
- Maintains an open dialogue with OCIMF/ CDI and the oil and chemical companies to encourage dialogue
- Participates in relevant industry work pertaining to TMSA
- Maintains relevant TMSA benchmarking systems for the benefit of INTERTANKO Members
- Encourages harmonisation of ship vetting systems
- Encourages harmonisation of PSC targeting systems and the sharing of PSC detention information to assist with enhanced targeting
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- Quality of ship-Inspections
- Incident Reporting database for industry
- Benchmarking and reporting Databases
- Improving Member vetting performance
- Identify terminals not accepting SIRE inspections to be carried out and work to reverse these decisions
What is the Committee looking to achieve in 2021?
- Regular guidance on Vetting for Members
- Develop and disseminate information extracted from vetting and benchmarking databases
- Promote the use of the Seafarers Guide to vetting and continually monitor and record changes – especially those expected by the issue of the next version of ISGOTT.
- Engage with members on the implementation and feedback on the expected publication of ISGOTT
- Work with CDI and SIRE Focus Group through the bi-annual meetings
- As a result of Covid-19 – keep Members updated on all aspects. Maintain close communications with OCIMF and Energy providers to address reduced SIRE inspections and promote a sensible approach to screening and accepting vessels for business. Work closely with other INTERTANKO committees to achieve these goals.
Vetting Committee Membership
The Vetting Committee is restricted to 30 members who provide a broad representation of the INTERTANKO Member Companies.
Committee members take active part in developing resource materials for the wider membership as well as addressing topical vetting related issues and providing a platform for the membership to liaise with and address their concerns with port state authorities and various vetting and ship inspection regimes.
Membership to the committee is based on individual expertise and ensuring that the committee provides a reasonably good representation of the geographical spread of the wider INTERTANKO membership as well as ensuring a good representation of the different industry sectors (Oil, Chemical and Gas) that are represented by the membership.
Chairman: Capt. Steve Hardy – NYK Line
Secretary: Frans Ubaghs
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Terms of Reference
Terms of Reference
1. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
INTERTANKO’s Vetting Committee’s aim is to foster INTERTANKO members’ interests in relation to inspections and screenings undertaken and performed by Port State Control, the United States Coast Guard, oil and chemical charterers, P&I Clubs, hull underwriters, and terminals, etc. with the long-term goal to reduce the proliferation of multiple inspections and the cost of ship inspections to the maximum extent possible. Costs of inspections should be transparent and justifiable.
To this end the Committee will:
1.1 Promote recognition for the statutory work performed by the Classification Societies with an emphasis on the IMO enhanced programme for the survey of oil tankers, e.g. The Enhanced Survey Programme (ESP), and the Condition Assessment Programme (CAS).
1.2 Promote recognition for owners’ maintenance programmes and self-assessment schemes.
1.3 Maintain an open dialogue with OCIMF/CDI and the oil and chemical companies to encourage input of INTERTANKO’s ideas.
1.4 Participate in relevant industry work pertaining to TMSA.
1.5 Produce relevant TMSA benchmarking systems for the benefit of INTERTANKO members.
1.6 Encourage co-operation and harmonisation between ship vetting systems.
1.7 Encourage the harmonisation of PSC targeting systems and the sharing of PSC detention information to assist with enhanced targeting.
1.8 Encourage the harmonisation of PSC training standards.
1.9 Promote and encourage methods to maintain the integrity of PSC.
1.10 Encourage the use of CDI or SIRE by charterers, Port State Control and others to reduce the number and scope of inspections.
1.11 Promote and encourage the use of INTERTANKO’s Terminal Vetting database
1.12 Share the information collated from INTERTANKO’s vetting inspection and PSC inspection feedback forms with interested parties who can use the information to continually improve.
1.13 Ensure that work of this group assists in achieving the long-term goals of INTERTANKO.
2.1 The Vetting Committee membership should be comprised of members with a good geographical spread that also represent different categories and sizes of tankers.
2.2 The Committee members’ term 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 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.
2.3 Membership on the Committee is based on the expertise/qualifications of the individual; therefore, membership on the committee rests with the individual of a member company, not the company that the individual works for.
2.4 A Committee member may, on occasion, be represented by an alternate from his company.
2.5 Committee members shall endeavour to attend all committee meetings but in any event shall attend a minimum of one meeting per year and at least three meetings in every two consecutive years. Members shall make every effort towards active contribution to the work of the committee. Should a committee member not be able to attend, the member will be encouraged to submit written comments.
2.6 Repeated non-attendance may result in a review of committee membership by the Vetting Committee Chairman and Secretary.
2.7 The Chairman should ensure that membership turnover within the committee is kept at a reasonable level so as to ensure continuity of expertise and to manage the efficient working of the committee.
3. CHAIRMAN & VICE-CHAIRMAN
3.1 The Committee will nominate the Chairman and Vice-Chairman for election by the Council.
3.2 The Chairman 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 Council. Examples of when other reasons apply could include when a new 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 at least twice a year, once in the eastern and once in the western hemisphere where feasible.
4.2 The Chairman may invite observers to the meetings. INTERTANKO’s Chairman and representatives of the INTERTANKO Secretariat may attend the meetings.
4.3 Applicants waiting to join the committee shall be invited to attend committee meetings as observers and may be invited to participate in working and/or correspondence groups that the committee establishes from time to time.
4.4 As required, specific Working Groups and/or Correspondence Groups may be established to deal with and promote particular issues from the Committee’s work.
4.5 The Committee will be limited in number to 30 members.
4.6 In recognition of the interest shown in vetting matters, the Secretariat shall endeavour to hold a Vetting Seminar in conjunction with each Vetting Committee meeting as well as additional Vetting Seminars throughout the calendar year on a global basis.
5. TRAVEL EXPENSES
5.1 The travel expenses of the Committee’s membership should be paid for by the member company.
6. TERMS OF REFERENCE
6.1 The Terms of Reference shall be approved by the Council.
7.1 The INTERTANKO Secretariat undertakes the secretarial and administrative tasks for the Committee.
The Vetting Committee will report to INTERTANKO’s Council through its Chairman.
Harren Shipping Service GmbH & Co. KG
Capt. Nikos Athanasakos
Andriaki Shipping Co Ltd
Ms. Vaitsa Barka
Olympic Shipping & Management SA
Mr. Michael Clysdale
Waterfront Shipping Company Ltd
Capt. Ashley M. Cooper
Scorpio Ship Management SAM
Capt. Richard Dsouza
Teekay Marine (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Capt. Alastair Fleming
Fleet Management Limited
Capt. Ajay John Furtado
Stolt Tankers B.V.
Mr. Mario Grbic
Navigazione Montanari SpA
Capt Steve Hardy
NYK Line (Dubai Office)
Mr. Torben Hertel
Capt. Amit Jain
Unix Line Pte Ltd
Capt. Dimitris Kalantidis
Latsco Marine Management Inc
Mr. Nikolaos Kallergis
Product Shipping & Trading SA
Mr. Anastasios C. Kartsimadakis
Tsakos Shipping & Trading SA
Capt. Brian King
MOL Tankship Management Pte. Ltd. (London Branch)
Capt. Vassilis Ladonikolas
Enterprises Shipping & Trading
Capt. Frank Lasse
Bernhard Schulte (Hamburg)
Capt. Tomislav Marijan
Tankerska Plovidba d.d.
Capt. Panagiotis Mpikas
Euronav Ship Management (Hellas) Ltd.
Capt. Jan Ove Ødegård
Odfjell Management AS
Capt. Evangelos Papadopoulos
Dorian (Hellas) SA
Capt. Sanjay Patil
Eaglestar Shipmanagement (Singapore)
Capt. Iain Scally
NYK LNG Shipmanagement (UK) Ltd
Capt. Nikiforos Stouraitis
Polembros Shipping Limited
Mr. Stefanos Stylianos
Minerva Marine Inc
Capt. Mikhail Vasilyev
Capt. Ramesh Venkatraman
International Tanker Management Ltd.
Capt. Vladimir Yundt
Capt. Leonid Zalenski