Dr. Payer: Flags and Class Must Should Work Closer

Friday, September 20, 2002
Closer cooperation between flag states and class societies will help to minimize casualty damage to people, property and the marine environment and result in better casualty reports, Dr Hans Payer, chief executive of Germanischer Lloyd told top level representatives of the world maritime industry and flag states at the Mare Forum conference on Flag State Quality and Regulatory Governance in Athens on September 20, 2002. "I urge flag states with ships involved in accidents to work closely with the class societies, especially when they operate Emergency Response Services (ERS) for the vessels in trouble", Dr Payer said. "ERS schemes have proven their value in many cases, in keeping damage to ships and the environment to a minimum and in optimizing salvage operations. They are compulsory in US waters under OPA 95 for vessels carrying oil in bulk. ERS is however very helpful for any other type of vessel. The information from an ERS project is also an excellent source of material for a flag's casualty report. For these reason, I recommend flag states to encourage owners to subscribe to ERS services, even when they are not obliged to by OPA." Dr. Payer said that class societies acting as a flag state's RO (Recognized Organization) can provide valuable technical assistance to the flag during a casualty episode and after, when they can assist in preparing the subsequent official casualty report. "This rarely happens, meaning that a source of widespread knowledge and expertise is not utilized. The many flag states that produce inadequate casualty reports could much improve them with this sort of assistance." He said that in an accident such as a grounding or collision, an owner who subscribes to an ERS scheme operated by a number of societies, including GL, has immediate access to a computerized contingency planning system. "This round-the-clock service provides the owner and master with comprehensive plans and technical details of the ship, plus advice and assistance of a technical team on damage stability, residual strength, ballast management and salvage maneuvers. Dr. Payer paid tribute to the ten flag states that had volunteered to participate in the proposed IMO Model Audit Scheme which he described as "a big step forward in safety at sea." "I commend these flag states for their courage, for the risk is that shortcomings in their own organizations may be exposed by the audit. But I firmly believe that openness and transparency are the attributes which will bring us forward today"

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter January 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Maersk Falls into the Red

Maersk Line posted a steep decline in profit last year to $1.3bn, well down from the 2014 result of $2.3bn and below its most recent forecast as freight rate declines

Maersk Line to Face Miserable 2016

In a video interview Group CEO of AP Møller-Maersk Nils S. Andersen comments on the 2015 full year result, low oil and freight rates, and the challenges and opportunities

Shipping Firms Poised to Settle EU Probe

Fifteen container liner shipping companies "have offered to change their pricing practices to settle an EU antitrust probe and stave off possible fines," according

Ports

Maersk Line to Face Miserable 2016

In a video interview Group CEO of AP Møller-Maersk Nils S. Andersen comments on the 2015 full year result, low oil and freight rates, and the challenges and opportunities

Liberia to Receive Preferential Flag Status with Respect to Chinese Tonnage Dues

Pursuant to the Maritime Transport Agreement signed between the Republic of Liberia and the People’s Republic of China on 3 November 2015, Liberia will be added

USCG to Inspect Storm-damaged Anthem of the Seas

The storm-damaged Royal Caribbean cruise ship Anthem of the Seas is scheduled to return to New York Harbor Wednesday evening where it will be met by a team of inspectors from U.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Navigation Offshore Oil Port Authority Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0979 sec (10 req/sec)