The Annual Tripartite meeting between shipowners, shipbuilders and classification societies was held in Tokyo on 17 and 18 October 2013. The meeting unanimously welcomed the IMO theme for 2013 of ‘a sustainable maritime transport system’ and its recognition of the three pillars of sustainability; environmental, social and economic.
Furthermore, the Tripartite meeting emphasised that safety was the paramount objective of ship construction, classification and operation and in this regard agreed that safety was a key principle that underpinned each of the sustainability pillars.
In this context, the Tripartite partners looked forward to an opportunity to emphasise the balanced inter-relationship between safety and the sustainability pillars and to work toward a regulatory process that requires an initial impact assessment at the earliest stages of development of a new regulation, to assess its potential consequences and benefits on safety, the environment, and economic and social issues.
BIMCO President John Denholm chaired this meeting in Tokyo and subsequently stated:
“It was a great honour to chair the annual Tripartite meeting in Tokyo this year. It was a very engaging couple of days with a full agenda and lots of debate. It was particularly pleasing to see the commonality of views across the shipping industry as a whole and support for the work that the IMO does on our behalf”.