The number of ships registered with the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO) has spiralled by 48 percent in the first three quarters of this year. The associations’ number of full members also witnessed a surge of 32 percent, crossing the 100 threshold.
With a large number of members joining the association in 2017, INTERCARGO crossed the 1,500 ships threshold with a total tonnage of 138 milion dwt during the same period. Most of the new members which joined the association recently, have added a significant number of ships to INTERCARGO.
“We are proud that INTERCARGO-entered ships continue to outperform industry averages in respect of detentions and deficiencies per inspection,” INTERCARGO Chairman, John Platsidakis said. He added that he would encourage the formation of a dry cargo charterers’ assessment scheme, which would enable INTERCARGO to boost the quality of performance.
The information was presented as part of semi-annual meetings held by INTERCARGO’s Technical and Executive Committees in Athens on October 9 and 10. INTERCARGO will hold its next meeting in Singapore in March 2018.
The major topics covered at the meeting included – safe carriage of cargoes, non-availability and adequacy of reception facilities for cargo residues and cargo hold washing waters’ hazard to the marine environment (HME), port state control transparency and anti-corruption practices, operational challenges, air emissions, design standards for bulk carriers and related equipment.
Sea News, October 12