Mr. Martin Böckenhauer


Mr. Martin Böckenhauer (Germany), former chairman of the IMO Sub-Committee on Bulk Liquids and Gases (BLG), has died in Germany. He was seventy-four.

Born in Erfurt in 1932, Mr. Böckenhauer studied shipping technology in Hanover and Hamburg and worked for a short time at the shipyard in Flensburg, Germany. He joined Germanischer Lloyd in 1960 and was active in working groups of the international classification societies from 1962 and then in the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), following its foundation in 1969. In particular, Mr. Böckenhauer was involved with several IACS working parties on equipment rules (1963-1968), strength (1968-1972) and gas tankers (1972-1997), serving the latter two as Chairman.

Having attended the IMO Sub Committee on Bulk Chemicals (BCH) since 1975 as a delegate, Mr. Böckenhauer was elected as its Chairman from 1993 and was then Chairman of the renamed Sub-Committee on Bulk Liquids and Gases (BLG) from its 1st session in March 1996 through to its 5th session in 2000. He chaired both Sub Committees with a unique style, preparing and submitting, when there was need, technical "Notes by the Chairman" for consideration, which was highly appreciated by all delegations.

Mr. Böckenhauer will be remembered for his outstanding contribution to a large amount of technical work throughout his career, including pioneering work since 1972 on tankers (especially gas tankers), bulk carriers and other types of ships; the development of international regulations for gas tankers by IMO (for example, the International Gas Carrier Code) and IACS, as well as related close co operation with the United States Coast Guard; the development of double hull oil tankers (earning him the nickname "Mr. Doublehull"); and major work on collision behaviour of tankers. He published a large number of technical articles on oil, gas and chemical tankers.

After retiring from Germanischer Lloyd in 1997, Mr. Böckenhauer continued to be active internationally, chairing a working group in the Tanker Structures Co operative Forum (TSCF), as well as the BLG Sub-Committee.

IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos said "It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Mr. Böckenhauer. He brought an immense depth of technical knowledge to IMO, from his long career at Germanischer Lloyd and his participation in IACS. He will be especially remembered for chairing the BCH and then the BLG Sub-Committees with a firm and fair hand through sensitive and complex issues, such as, most recently, the revision of Annexes I and II of MARPOL and of the IBC Code. He was fully committed to the causes of maritime safety and environmental protection and made a major contribution over many years. His passing will be mourned by all those who knew him."


Briefing 18, 17 May 2006

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