Firstly launched in early July 2020, INTERTANKO Human Element in Shipping Committee (HEiSC) developed guidance and recommendations on crew welfare and mental wellness for crewing managers and shore-side staff. Following extensive use and feedback, the ‘Crew Welfare Management and Mental Wellness’ guide has now been updated and is presented as a second edition.
The updated guidance aims to improve the safety and security of seafarers, the environment, the cargo, and the ships and assist in the development of a proper cyber risk management strategy.
In light of an upward trend of attacks against ships in the Gulf of Guinea and as the approaching dry season is expected to bring an increase in attacks, BIMCO, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and OCIMF have jointly issued an alert with security advice for vessels operating in the region.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the International Maritime Health Association (IMHA) and the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO) issued new protocols to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 cases on board.
The transition to IMO 2020 compliant fuel oil (0.5% sulphur) has not been without problems, with sulphur content, sediment, and aluminium plus silicon being the main issues experienced, a recent survey found.
INTERTANKO, representing independent tanker owners of the world, issued guidance on how to manage crew welfare amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance includes advice on helping seafarers to deal with emotional stress and overcome negative feelings.
A new situation has emerged with the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting to uncertainty on trade among others. In this context, INTERTANKO issued a guide to address charterparties on any questions that may arise.
Following the IMO 2020 regulation concerning the global sulphur limit for marine fuel, BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO had launched a survey on fuel oil quality and safety back in February. In remind to this, the four organisations call all vessel managers, as well as technical superintendents to share their insight.
INTERTANKO issued an Outbreak Management Plan, outlining plans and procedures to be put in place to prepare a ship for shore personnel to come onboard and to protect seafarers from COVID-19.
The Chairpersons of the Round Table of international shipping associations (RT) gathered in Rome in February, aiming to discuss current issues the industry is facing, and coordinate efforts going into the new decade, which is considered to be one of the most important in shipping’s history.
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