CG Says New Regulations Will Remove Substandard Tankers And Operators

Rear Adm. A.E. Henn, chief of the Coast Guard's office of marine safety and environmental protection, recently told an oil industry conference that agency and international regulations will eliminate poorly maintained oil tankers and their operators from business if they do not improve their ships and operations.

Admiral Henn also implicated some national registries, classification societies and marine insurers that continue to certify and insure unsafe ships. Regarding ship construction, tanker operators were encouraged to pay closer attention to the intended trade and service of new vessels. "We can't let the shipyards optimize the designs so they fail in the shortest period of time," Admiral Henn said.

Classification societies have warned that some shipyards are cutting costs by reducing the amount of steel used in new construction, resulting in shortened vessel life spans.

Oil executives attending the conference said they generally agreed with Admiral Henn's remarks.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 32,  Jul 1992 Middle East

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