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European Commission mandarins can look forward to even more debate and counter debate over the excessive regulation of the shipping industry following news that two industry association heavyweights are setting up home in the European capital.

Not only has Intertanko announced it has established a representative office in Brussels that it says will broaden and strengthen its links with the European Commission, Parliament and other Representatives, but it was also announced in the press that the highly respected ex-BIMCO stalwart Carsten Melchiors is to become the permanent representative to the European Union of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). He will be based in Brussels, where IACS is opening its first office.

Kristian Fuglesang, Intertanko Assistant Director and coordinator of its European Union activities, said the move would bring the tanker association closer to the European regulators and decision makers as well as with the association’s long-standing Brussels consultant ADS Insight.

“It has been made in recognition of the importance of Brussels to the tanker shipping industry and also recognises the great value to our Secretariat and to our members of the association’s relationship with ADS Insight,” he said.