7th, November, 2005

14th Annual Meeting of the Committee for the Elimination of Substandard Ships (CESS)

Following the 14th Annual Meeting of CESS in Beijing on 8 September, all attending delegations confirmed their support to the proposed reform explained briefly in the former press release, and the newly elected chairman attended the JECKU Top Executive Meeting in Hangzhou, China from 12 to 14 October, and reported the outcome of the said Annual Meeting.

The Top Executive Meeting fully endorsed the reform and the associated activities which the CESS will newly undertake, as well as the change in the name of CESS, without changing the already familiar acronym.

The new committee name is Committee for Expertise of Shipbuilding Specifics (CESS) consisting of all the members of the JECKU delegations, Japan, Europe, China, Korea and the U.S.A.

While CESS will continue to deal with the analysis of the Port State Control activities as well as Tanker and Bulk Carrier Losses, it will deal with the increasing awareness developed in the shipbuilding industries world-wide to increase their presence among the related industries by creating a cross-border platform to discuss matters of mutual concern and interest so that studies could be made using wider resources, and joint opinions can be voiced towards other related industries and organisations.

CESS will operate on a framework modified to suit the new activities and will undertake the following:-

1. Annual Meeting, in the preceding month of the JECKU top executive meeting, where topics of mutual concern and interest will be newly chosen, and report on the already chosen topics are made, in addition to the routine subjects such as Port State Control and Losses of Tankers and Bulk Carriers.

2. Coordinating activities to form special committees on the topics which are jointly chosen in the Annual Meeting, and appointing chairmen of the special committees. Necessary follow-up of the progress will be conducted from time to time.

3. Arranging the joint conclusions of the special committee, when made available, to be voiced to appropriate channels, such as IMO, ISO and other bodies, and reporting back to the delegates as to the responses obtained. Such channels may further include shipowners’ organisations, IACS, or any forum that the CESS members may agree, such as the Tripartite Meetings among shipowners, class and shipyards.

4. Reporting the reformed activities of CESS to JECKU top executive meeting, with attendance by the chairman of the special committee as necessary.

CESS is starting its work on the details of the framework and will soon become fully active to deal with various matters, mainly of technical nature, towards better mutual understanding within the industry and to reflect their voices together for the benefit of the shipbuilding as well as other associated industries.

Dave Iwamoto
CESS Chairman
c/o The Shipbuilders’ Association of Japan
1-15-16 Toranomon, Minato-ku
Tokyo 105-0001 Japan