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9 June 2020

“The more we know about the possible vulnerabilities of our industry, the faster we can respond to risk exposure and build resilience,” comments TSSI.

The organisation’s goals are to enhance HSEQ performance, ensure social licensing and maintaining a constructive reputation which will boost overall efficiency and profitability.

TSSI has already made it possible for companies to verify their current sustainability status by downloading its Sustainability Self-Assessment Questionnaire. Those that join are also granted access to a multitude of free resources and updates on sustenance and viability. 

“The current Coronavirus crisis taught us that sustainability of the environment, life and social cohesion are conditions for the continuity of organisations,” says TSSI. “The industry will have to adapt to become more self-sufficient, self-maintaining, autonomous and circular.”

TSSI aims to guide the storage and refining industry during the “inevitable energy transition cycle” towards a sustainable, non-hydrocarbon future, in line with the carrying capacity of our planet.

Officially launched at the 2020 StocExpo in Rotterdam, the platform is operated and managed by Tank Terminal Training (TTT).


“Ethical Markets is happy to post this latest update “The COVID-19 Pandemic—A Systemic Analysis” from our esteemed Advisory Board member, best-selling author, physicist Fritjof Capra.  This complements the earlier article we co-authored “Pandemics: Lessons Looking Back from 2050“, published in March and discussed on our April 2nd webinar.  Since then there is continuous new information and so we have both written updates expanding from our complementary perspectives!

Our emerging view sees the possibility that this “teachable moment“ opens up  new ways of building a more sustainable future for all, as we see various versions of  “Green New Deals” now an political and grassroots agendas in the USA, EU, and some 130  countries!  Let’s keep networking and pushing for this positive future, envisioned in the practical, achievable UN sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030!

~Hazel Henderson, Editor“

The COVID-19 Pandemic — A Systemic Analysis

The coronavirus has resulted in massive disruptions of our daily lives, and its impacts are likely to lead to historic political and social transformations. I would like to present a systemic analysis of the COVID-19 crisis, which means an analysis that shows how the many aspects and dimensions of the crisis are all interrelated. In an essay I wrote with Hazel Henderson ( we offer such a systemic analysis in the form of a positive futuristic scenario. Here I would like to just summarize the key ideas that underlie this scenario.

In my view, the coronavirus must be seen as a biological response of Gaia, our living planet, to the ecological and social emergency humanity has brought upon itself. It arose from an ecological imbalance and has dramatic consequences because of social and economic imbalances.

During the last decades of the twentieth century, humanity exceeded the Earth’s carrying capacity (the number of people the biosphere can sustain without environmental degradation). World population has grown to 7.8 billion, and the irrational obsession of our political and corporate leaders with perpetual economic and corporate growth has generated a multi-faceted existential crisis threatening humanity’s very survival.

Scientists and environmental activists have warned of the dire consequences of our unsustainable social, economic, and political systems for decades, but until now our corporate and political leaders, unable to break their intoxication with financial profits and political power, stubbornly resisted these warnings. Focusing their attention on short-term economic and political fluctuations, they disregarded the impending catastrophic long-term consequences. Now, however, our political and financial elites are forced to pay attention, as COVID-19 brought the earlier warnings into real time with death tolls around the world rising every day.

The clear-cutting of large areas of tropical rainforest by multi-national food corporations, relentlessly pursuing excessive growth and profits, as well massive intrusions into other ecosystems around the world, driven by the same motivation, have fragmented these self-regulating systems and have fractured the web of life. One of the many consequences of these destructive actions was that viruses, which had lived in symbiosis with certain animal species, jumped from those species to others and to humans, where they were highly toxic or deadly.

In the 1960s, an obscure virus jumped from a rare species of monkeys, killed as “bush meat” in West Africa, to humans. From there it spread to the United States where it was identified as the HIV virus and caused the AIDS epidemic, killing an estimated 39 million people worldwide over four decades. Similarly, the coronavirus jumped from a species of bats to humans in China, and from there it rapidly spread around the world.

Population density is the key variable in the spread of COVID-19, and population density is often a consequence of excessive profit maximizing — whether on giant cruise ships and in other forms of mass tourism, overcrowded gatherings in huge arenas for sports and other forms of entertainment, in giant supermarkets and department stores, or in crowded living situations caused by social and economic inequality. Ecology has taught us that maximizing any single variable will invariably lead to stress and vulnerability of the system as a whole. In previous times, these vulnerable social and cultural conditions were usually concealed by the corporate media. But now the coronavirus, which does not know any social or cultural boundaries, has laid them open. Biology trumps politics and economics.

The role of social justice during a pandemic is particularly interesting. In normal times, the rich are relatively isolated from the poor. They live in their own neighborhoods, have their own schools, hospitals, restaurants, clubs, etc. The fate of the poor does not affect them greatly.

During a pandemic like COVID-19, the situation changes dramatically. Since the virus does not know any social boundaries, the fate of the poor can no longer be separated from that of the rich. Because of crowded living conditions, lack of access to clean water, and — especially in the United States — inadequate healthcare and social protection, the poor are much more susceptible to being infected. Sooner or later, they will infect also the rich because, even though the two classes are separated socially, they are not separated biologically.

There are numerous physical contacts between the rich and their personal assistants, drivers, delivery services, cleaning and maintenance staff, etc. Through these physical contacts the virus propagates and infects people regardless of their social class. During a pandemic, therefore, social justice is no longer a political issue of left versus right; it becomes an issue of life and death. To prevent the spread of pandemics — now and in the future — it will be essential to improve the living conditions of the poor. More generally, ethical behavior — behavior for the common good — becomes an issue of life and death during a pandemic, because a pandemic like COVID-19 can only be overcome by collective, cooperative actions.

Similar considerations apply to world population growth. Demographers have long known that the most effective means of curbing population growth are educating girls and enhancing the role and status of women around the world — ensuring their access to economic and political power and safeguarding their reproductive rights. Once again we see that social justice goes hand in hand with ecological balance

When the pandemic spread around the world in March 2020, one country after another went into lockdown with only essential businesses remaining open and most people confined to their homes. As a consequence, transportation of people and goods was radically reduced, supply chains were disrupted, businesses closed, the stock market collapsed, and unemployment soared. The exponentially growing pandemic has gone hand in hand with an exponentially growing worldwide economic crisis.

Both of these crises have led to widespread tragic consequences for individuals and communities around the world. However, from a planetary ecological perspective there have also been many positive consequences. As automobile traffic and industrial activities decreased dramatically, the pollution of major cities around the world suddenly disappeared, and we are once again enjoying clear skies and clean air. On the beaches of Brazil, critically endangered sea turtles are now hatching in a stress-free environment, undisturbed by tourists.

As giant cruise ships no longer enter the Venetian lagoon and other tourists stay at home, the canals in Venice have become so clear that fish can be seen again. In India, residents of Punjab are now able to enjoy a stunning view of the tops of the Himalayas, 200 km away, which they have not seen for 30 years. Moreover, the coronavirus has already been more effective in reducing CO2 emissions and slowing down climate breakdown than all the world’s policy initiatives combined.

This does not mean that we want to continue in the current situation. But the world’s COVID-19 response has shown us what is possible when people realize that their lives are at stake — individually during the pandemic and for civilization as a whole in the climate emergency. We know now that the world is able to respond with urgency and coherence once the political will has been aroused.

With COVID-19, Gaia has presented us with valuable, life-saving lessons. The question is: will humanity heed these lessons? Will we shift from undifferentiated, extractive economic growth to regenerative, qualitative growth? Will we replace fossil fuels with renewable forms of energy for all our energy needs?

Will we stop excessive mass tourism and instead revitalize local communities? Will we replace our centralized, energy-intensive system of industrial agriculture with organic, community-oriented and regenerative farming? Will we plant billions of trees to draw down CO2 from the atmosphere and restore the world’s ecosystems, so that viruses dangerous to humans are confined again to other animal species where they do no harm? We have the knowledge and the technologies to embark on all these initiatives. Will we have the political will?

“The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind,” to quote Bob Dylan. However, what we are seeing already is that corresponding social policies, which were unthinkable just a couple of months ago, are now being discussed seriously in various countries.

For example, Denmark plans to pay 75% of the salaries lost by employees in private companies to help them through the crisis. The UK, similarly, plans to cover 80% of salaries. In the United States, the idea of a universal basic income, long considered to be a fringe idea, is now discussed even by Republican politicians. Spain is nationalizing its private hospitals. California is leasing hotels to shelter homeless people during the pandemic. The Green New Deal, already endorsed previously by some Democratic presidential candidates in the US, is now being discussed in the mainstream as a program of economic recovery.

If we can catalyze global leadership to continue such social policies, and if we can add to them policies that respect and cooperate with nature’s inherent ability to sustain life, we may not only overcome the COVID-19 pandemic but also succeed in stabilizing world population and the climate, nurturing local communities, and restoring the Earth’s ecosystems.

We may see CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere return to the safe level of 350 parts per million; and we may see climate catastrophes become rare, as they have been in previous centuries. Looking back on 2020, future historians may conclude that, even though COVID-19 had widespread tragic consequences for countless individuals and communities, in the long run it may have saved humanity and large parts of the planetary community of life from extinction.


12 May 2020

Stock markets around the world have seen major volatility over the past two months as the COVID-19 pandemic gives way to an economic downturn. But amid this unforeseen shock, publicly traded companies who take sustainability seriously seem to significantly outperform the markets across various geographies.

Based on empirical analysis, businesses in WBCSD membership who demonstrate taking environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into account, beat the major stock exchange benchmarks by 4.3-9.4%, for year to date ending on 30 April 2020. (Find the analysis per market below)

Though the world is collectively still in the early days of navigating and shaping the recovery from this crisis, we see WBCSD members having performed above average during the turmoil. The observed ESG outperformance is not surprising: more resilient (read: sustainable) companies are often better-managed companies. And the data adds to mounting evidence that these companies are proven to be less vulnerable to systematic risks and more resilient to shocks so far and are likely to be noticed and appreciated by investors, especially in times of crisis.

However, given the fairly short time periods studied in this analysis, ESG profiles of these companies are likely not the only factor driving their outperformance. Sustainable investments are most lucrative over the long-term, so it remains to be seen how this outperformance plays out over the next months and years.

At the same time, the finance sector is also building a more convincing investment case about ESG. New evidence continues to validate the rationale behind climate investmentssustainable equity funds and bonds. ESG considerations in investment process can improve risk-adjusted returns and that consensus will improve investors’ behavior and decision-making going forward.

COVID-19 recovery will continue to dominate the global economic outlook for the foreseeable future. The coming phase will serve to further separate the leaders from the laggards. Now is the time to ramp up investment in managing ESG-related risks and opportunities. 

WBCSD analysis per market

For the North America market, WBCSD analysts measured the performance of 31 shares of member companies listed on NYSE and Nasdaq. Under both bullish and bearish environments, WBCSD members delivered superior returns compared with the wider market. By the end of April, the WBCSD portfolio had outperformed S&P 500 Index by 9.4%.

These companies have so far demonstrated a greater capacity for resilience during volatile markets, quickly recovering from the crisis lows in a V-shape trend demonstrated by the green line in the figure.

In Europe, the 67 listed member companies also weathered the downturn better and beat STOXX Europe 600 benchmark by a margin of 4.3%. The relatively strong performance of this group suggests investors’ interest and confidence in ESG factors as a defensive characteristic. The value of sustainable business is strengthened especially in the current time of crisis and uncertainty.  

The performance of WBCSD’s Asian members also changed in line with their respective markets. However, member companies in Greater China and India exhibited higher level of momentum towards the latest recovery phase, outperforming the benchmarks by 7.5% and 9.4%. Japanese members mitigated the risks relatively better when the Nikkei index hit the year-to-date lowest level in March. 


7 May 2020

ENGIE, Fluxys, Indaver, INOVYN, Port of Antwerp, PMV, the investment company of the Flemish Government, and Oiltanking have established a consortium for the sustainable production of methanol, an essential raw material used by industry in the port. Each partner brings its own knowledge, experience and expertise to the project.

The construction of a demonstration plant at the INOVYN site in Antwerp is scheduled to start by 2022, with the aim of producing 8,000 tons of sustainable methanol annually, thus avoiding at least an equivalent volume of CO2 emissions. 

Scoop for Belgium: production of sustainable methanol 

Methanol is an essential multi-purpose raw material for the chemical industry, with many applications in wider industry as well. This key raw material is indispensable to the daily operation of the port of Antwerp as the largest European integrated energy and chemical cluster. Currently, methanol is produced using fossil raw materials. The ‘Power-to-Methanol’ project aims to replace this with sustainably produced methanol, a first for Belgium. This methanol will be produced from captured CO2 and sustainably generated hydrogen. The carbon dioxide is captured by means of Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU), through which CO2 emissions are partially recovered and then combined with hydrogen generated on the basis of green energy produced from renewable electricity.


5 May 2020

The Tank Storage Sustainability Initiative (TSSI) website is now live. TSSI is a research, development, training and coordination centre advocating sustainability in marine tank storage and refining industries.

Officially launched at the 2020 StocExpo in Rotterdam, the platform is operated and managed by Tank Terminal Training (TTT).

The website makes it possible for you to verify your current sustainability status. Join and download the Sustainability Self-Assessment Questionnaire plus get access to free resources and updates on sustenance and viability.

The goals are to enhance HSEQ performance, ensure social licensing and maintaining a constructive reputation which will boost overall efficiency and profitability.

The current Corona-19 crisis taught us that sustainability of the environment, life and social cohesion are conditions for the continuity of organisations. The industry will have to adapt to become more self-sufficient, self-maintaining, autonomous and circular.

TSSI will guide the storage and refining industry during the inevitable energy transition cycle towards a sustainable, non hydrocarbon future, in line with the carrying capacity of the planet.


1 May 2020

Harnessing the motherlode of the sun’s power is almost within our reach. 

The sun, our primary source of energy, bathes our Blue Planet in more solar energy than we can ever hope to reasonably use. Each hour, the sun sends 430 quintillion Joules of energy our way, more than the 410 quintillion Joules that humans consume in a whole year. With the sun likely to be around for another five billion years or so, we have a virtually unlimited source of energy–if only we could tap it efficiently. 

Unfortunately, we are currently only able to harness a minuscule amount of this energy due to technical limitations.

But that could be about change, thanks to advances in one wonder-crystal–perovskite.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has forged a public-private consortium dubbed the US-MAP for US Manufacturing of Advanced Perovskites Consortium, that aims to fast track the development of low-cost perovskite solar cells for the global marketplace.

Silicon Panels

According to the IEA, solar power supplied just 592GW, or a mere 2.2%, of the world’s 26,571GW in electricity consumption in 2018. That was after an impressive 20% growth in global PV installations to the tune of nearly 100GW.

More than 90% of those photovoltaic (PV) panels installed were constructed from crystallized silicon. 

Silicon panels have their advantages: They’re quite robust and relatively easy to install. Thanks to advances in manufacturing methods, they’ve become quite cheap over the past decade, particularly the polycrystalline panels constructed in Chinese factories.

However, they have one major drawback: Silicon PV panels are quite inefficient, with the most affordable models managing only 7%-16% energy efficiency depending on factors like placement, orientation, and weather conditions. Si panels are wafer-based rather than thin-film, which makes them sturdier and durable, but the trade-off is a sacrifice of efficiency.  

To meet the world’s rapidly growing energy appetite–and achieve the kind of de-carbonization goals that would help slow the impact of climate change–it would take hundreds of years to build and install enough silicon PV panels. 

This is way too slow, given that we have a mere 10-year window to act to avert irreversible and catastrophic climate change.

More critically, the best (and most expensive) silicon panels to-date boast an efficiency rating maximum efficiency rating of 26.7%, pretty close to the theoretical maximum of 29.1%.Related: U.S. Rig Count Falls By Nearly 50% In Seven Weeks Of Crisis

For years, scientists have experimented with alternative crystal formations that would allow panels of similar size to capture more energy. Until now, few designs emerged that were commercially viable, particularly thin-film cells that could theoretically achieve much higher levels of efficiency.

Thin-film PV panels can absorb more light, and thus produce more energy. These panels can be manufactured cheaply and quickly, meeting more energy demand in less time. There are a few different types of thin-film out there, all of them a little different from standard crystalline silicon (c-si) PV panels. 

Amorphous silicon (a-Si) panels are the oldest form of thin-film: a chemical vapor deposits a thin layer of silicon onto glass or plastic, producing a low weight panel that isn’t very energy efficient, managing 13.6%. Then there are cadmium telluride (CdTe) panels, which uses the cadmium particle on glass to produce a high-efficiency panel. 

The drawback there is the metal cadmium, which is toxic and difficult to produce in large quantities. 

These panels are usually produced using evaporation technology: the particles are superheated and the vapor is sprayed onto a hard surface, such as glass. They are thin, but not as dependable or durable as c-si panels, which currently dominate the market.

NREL Perovskite Breakthrough

Perovskite has now managed to break the efficiency glass ceiling.

Perovskites are a family of crystals named after Russian geologist Leo Perovski, “perovskites.” They share a set of characteristics that make them potential building blocks for solar cells: high superconductivity, magnetoresistance, and ferroelectricity. Perovskite thin-film PV panels can absorb light from a wider variety of wave-lengths, producing more electricity from the same solar intensity.

In 2012, scientists finally succeeded in manufacturing thin-film perovskite solar cells, which achieved efficiencies over 10%. But since then, efficiencies in new perovskite cell designs have skyrocketed: recent models can achieve 20%, all from a thin-film cell that is (in theory) much easier and cheaper to manufacture than a thick-film silicon panel.

At Oxford University, researchers reached 25% efficiency; a German research team has achieved 21.6%, while a new record was set in December 2018, when an Oxford lab reached 28% efficiency.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory NREL has been able to build composite Silicon-Perovskite cell by putting perovskites atop a silicon solar cell to create a multijunction solar cell, with the new cell boasting an efficiency of 27% compared to just 21% when only silicon is used. 

But perhaps more significant is that the organization has been able to boost the longevity of Perovskite solar cells by altering their chemical composition to overcome light-induced phase-segregation– a process through which the alloys that make up the solar cells break down when exposed to continuous light. 

Low-Cost Perovskite Panels


Solar power has become more affordable, accessible, and prevalent than ever before thanks to technology improvements, competitive procurement, and a large base of experienced, internationally active project developers.

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), solar power generation is now fully competitive with fossil fuel power plants, with the global weighted average levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) for utility-scale solar PV cells having declined 75% to below USD 0.10/kWh since 2010.

Source: IRENA

However, there’s still work to be done.

At an LCOE of $0.085/kWh for photovoltaic cells and $0.185/kWh for concentrating solar projects, solar power(utility-scale + residential rooftop) remains more expensive than other renewable sources including hydro, onshore wind, geothermal and bioenergy.

The Oil Wells That Will Never Recover

US-MAP plans to solve issues mainly regarding manufacturing and durability and also tackle sustainability issues mainly relating the use of lead and other metals. The consortium will focus on funding from federal sources and also explore private-sector financing.

Hopefully, it will be able to make this IEA prediction a reality by making solar power one of the cheapest, if not the cheapest, ways to generate electricity by 2025.

The capacity-weighted average is the average levelized cost per technology, weighted by the new capacity coming online in each region. The capacity additions for each region are based on additions from 2023 to 2025. Technologies for which capacity additions are not expected do not have a capacity-weighted average and are marked as NB, or not built.

2O&M = operations and maintenance.

Source: EIA


28 April 2020

TSSI, Tank Storage Sustainability Initiative was launched at the 2020 StocExpo conference in Rotterdam where several speakers were presenting their ideas on sustainable tank storage.

TSSI will be functioning as a research, development, training & coordination center servicing the Marine Tank Storage and Refining Industriesbased in Switzerland.

 In this time of energy transition towards a hydrocarbon free future, our industries are required to perform in a responsible and therefore sustainable manner. TSSI has been formed to assist you.

 The current Covid 19 Corona Criss worldwide is causing chaos for many people , not only those who unfortunately perished due to this dangerous virus, but also to billions of people who’d livelihoods are at risk. This catastrophe asks for a complete overhaul of our current, harmful economic and financial system. But, also it has given us, the people of our planet, time to reflect on what has been and is happening to our planet, our environment and our lives. Because unsustainable business practices destabilised and jeopardised the very conditions needed for survival, we have to stop and think about what’s next.

 Are we continuing polluting the environment, oceans and rivers, melting the icecap on the poles, allowing climate change to happen or shall we endeavor to mitigate such existential risk by working together towards a sustainable future for all living creatures, including our children?

That choice is ours, yours and mind. Therefore we started this initiative to help our members achieving their maximum sustainability potential, because we appreciate that 100% sustainable hydrocarbon operations can’t be achieved. Therefore a phasing out- redesign towards sustainable energy and products is essential. TSSI will be following exciting new startups who create technological developments and produce non harmful products through  biomimicry, because all we have to do is to copy nature and we’ll find sustainable solutions everywhere.

 So, please join us, let our research and knowledge about how to design sustainable systems benefit your organisations and all stakeholders. Did you know that the profit of a sustainable business exceeds the profit of an unsustainable one by 40%? It is all about reputation management and I, as a business ethicist and specialist on corporate social responsibility, hope and offer be your guide.

 Imagine a world where we can drink the water from streams and rivers again. Oceans full of fish without plastics. Unspoiled plains and forests. This of course can’t be done free of charge, but do we have another choice? What will your children and grandchildren say if they ask what happened in 2020? Why did that virus change history? I am sure that we all know the reason.

By Arend van Campen, April 28, 2020

23 April 2020

Guidance to inspectors during the COVID-19 Pandemic (23 April 2020)

This contains the latest information from OCIMF for inspectors and supersedes guidance to
inspectors as issued in bulletin #7 on 6 April 2020.

To further support SIRE, BIRE and OVID programme users and other industry stakeholders during the
COVID-19 pandemic OCIMF has:

•   Increased the availability of all OCIMF Programme reports from 12 months to 18 months to allow
programme recipients a more extensive choice of available screening information.
•   Set up a Task Force to investigate alternative inspection strategies and methods in the short
and mid-term to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the inspection programmes and its users,
including vessel crew/operators and inspectors.
•   Issued inspection guidance during the global COVID-19 pandemic to vessel operators, inspectors,
Member/Submitting Companies, and Programme Recipients.
•   Suspended all training and accreditation activities, including audited and accompanied
•   Issued a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document for the guidance of inspectors.

The health and safety of all those involved in the inspection process is of utmost importance to
OCIMF. Inspectors are central to the process, and therefore, in response to feedback, OCIMF offers
the following reminders and direction.

Inspection commissioning

OCIMF does not arrange Inspections or have any involvement in the commissioning activities of
Submitting Companies.
The decision to commission a Programme Inspection lies with a Submitting Company in agreement with
the vessel operator.
The Submitting Company and Inspector should discuss potential safety, travel and accommodation
arrangements, while an inspector is contracted to conduct an inspection.
Where an Inspector feels that they do not have enough safety, travel or inspection guidance,
through standing instructions or the inspection booking process, they should engage with the
Submitting Company and resolve their concerns before travelling.

Travel, accommodation and rest

Inspectors should follow the instructions and guidance provided by the Submitting Company and their
sub-contracted inspection company, relating to travel and accommodation booking for the period
while they are contracted to inspect on behalf of the Submitting Company.

Inspector must comply with all national, regional and local authority travel restrictions.

It is recommended that when organising travel and accommodation, the following points are
•   Travel restrictions can change rapidly during the current crisis, and an Inspector may be
prevented from travelling to undertake an inspection or, prevented from travelling home upon
completion of the inspection. Where the latter is a possibility, it is recommended that the
Inspector engages with the Submitting Company to develop a contingency plan before travelling to
the inspection.
•   Distant travel should not be booked for overnight trips if suitable safe accommodation cannot
be booked and confirmed in advance to ensure adequate rest for safe journey management.
•   Driving long distances to and from inspections is undesirable as fuel/food/rest stops will
inevitably increase exposure to COVID-19 for inspectors and the potential for passing this on to
ship’s staff and the inspectors’ families.
•   An Inspector is responsible for ensuring that they are adequately rested and fit to drive when
they drive in connection with a Programme Inspection.
•   Sleeping on board a vessel which is in the process of being inspected or, when an inspection
has been completed, is discouraged unless it is impossible to leave the vessel.
•   An Inspector should leave a vessel as soon as an inspection has been completed.

Communication with the vessel and vessel operator

An Inspector should not communicate with the vessel or vessel operator, apart from in the following
•   To provide personal details to permit access to the terminal or facility where the inspection
is scheduled to take place.
•   To respond to a health questionnaire or declaration related to COVID-19 exposure.
•   To update the vessel on logistical details of arrival onboard.

All necessary communications with the vessel or vessel operator after completion of an inspection,
including reports of potential exposure to COVID-19, must be directed through the Submitting

Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and social distancing

See the World Health Organisation for guidance: WHO Rational use of personal protective equipment
for coronavirus  disease 2019 (COVID-19) Interim guidance 27 February 2020.

Inspectors should:
•   Comply with all applicable law.
•   Take proper and adequate measures to protect themselves from COVID-19 infection while
travelling to and from an inspection.
•   Comply with the PPE requirements of the Submitting Company while inspecting on their behalf.
•   Comply with the PPE requirements of the vessel while onboard, providing it is safe to do so.
•   Terminate an inspection if it is not safe to continue while complying with the PPE requirements
of the vessel or its operator.
•   Comply with the PPE requirements of a terminal or facility while transiting to or from the
vessel, provided it is safe to do so.
•   Terminate an inspection if potential exposure to COVID-19 or any unknown illness onboard
•   Comply with social distancing measures as far as possible.
•   Avoid personal contact as far as possible.
•   Maintain a high standard of personal hygiene at all stages of an inspection.
•   Discard any disposable PPE after leaving a vessel and before continuing travel.
•   Ensure that bags, personal effects and normal PPE is properly washed and/or sanitized before
each inspection.
•   Not wear the same clothing for consecutive inspections or carry previously worn clothing or PPE
aboard another vessel to be inspected, unless it has been washed and/or sanitized.

It is recommended that inspectors carry:
•   At least one spare set of COVID-19 PPE which includes a disposable suit, face mask and gloves,
as a precaution to avoid the possibility that they will not be permitted to transit through a
terminal or facility.
•   An alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Reporting of exposure to COVID-19

Inspectors should:
•   Follow all national, regional and local reporting requirements for COVID-19 exposure or
•   Follow the local and national directives regarding self-isolation, where applicable.
•   Notify the Submitting Company of any COVID-19 exposure or infection in accordance with
instructions issued by the Submitting Company for a period from 14 days before an inspection and,
COVID-19 infection only, for 14 days after an inspection.
•   Notify OCIMF if they are positively diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days of completing any
OCIMF Programme Inspection.
•   Cease all inspection activity upon a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 until such time that they
are permitted to return to work by national, regional or local government regulations in force in
their home location and the location of any intended future inspections.
•   Cease all inspection activity after contact with a person with suspected COVID-19 until either,
14 days has elapsed since the contact or, a COVID-19 test confirms that infection has not taken
•   Notify OCIMF if they are exposed to an individual with suspected COVID-19 symptoms during a
programme inspection.
•   Make any notification concerning exposure to, or diagnosis of, a COVID-19 infection to the
national, regional and local
authorities where they live and to jurisdictions where they have transited, travelled or carried
out inspections.


9 June 2020


Gradually the world is returning to the New Normal. But what is that Normal, is it normal or abnormal? Does normal mean the same as before the Corona crisis, back to business as usual? Fritjof Capra, the famous physicist said that only an dramatic event would change people’s behaviour, which has actually happened. Careless people were suddenly reminded that they too are mortals, but the issue is that fear of death replaced intelligence by reactionary measures that spelled misery for the most of us for the long term. Whilst many people died from complications accelerated by the virus, billions more suddenly are facing immediate poverty because they are forbidden to work any longer and imprisoned in draconian lockdowns resulting in dehumanising effects.

The Central Bank in the Netherlands has issued a warning that unemployment could double and that economic restabilisation was not to be expected any time soon. So how can we go back to business as usual if the business is no longer there? The old financial paradigm is just not compatible with today’s economic and societal situation.

A new design is needed, not based on growth, which is the mantra central banks and corporations like to use, but balanced business based on the carrying capacity of our planet. A new, sustainable design is needed, because only then we can avoid a next virus outbreak because, as a systems thinker, I can see a direct causal link between Corona and our old ways of doing business. We have to develop a basic income system for everyone, which is in my view the only way to avoid chaos, misery and war. Now is the moment to do so.

It is no use to save path-dependent businesses like airlines, because when people are losing their jobs or international meetings can be done online, the usual frequent flyers won’t fly that much any more. A rationalisation of economics is needed, not based on statistical prognosis but on reality, through real-time information feedback.

You know, it comes down to this: a new design of the economic system must be based on cybernetics, the science of communication and information. We can look at society, understand its complexity, see what is there and what is missing, ease dissent, and work according to the Law of Requisite Variety to create a resilient economy that is circular, self-maintining and self-regulating.

I have been creating the criteria and conditions for such a design. No, they are not utopic, but feasible. But who is able or willing to lead this inescapble paradigm shift? In our storage, handling, transporting and trading business of hazardous cargoes, we can start by looking at how nature sustains itself, and develop non-hazardous products, which will be a good starting point, hopefully copied by other sectors.

One things is very clear, without innovative initiatives from within our industry there will be entropy. I am sure you have noticed that this New Normal is the current state of disorder.

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