ASIAN shipowners meeting in Singapore this week resolved not to accept any indiscriminate targeting of quality ships for frequent and unnecessary inspections. 'It is important that a uniform set of inspection rules and standards are applied to ships in the Asia-Pacific region,' the shipowners said in a resolution passed at the first meeting of the Safe Navigation Committee of the Asian Shipowners' Forum (ASF). An exchange of information between states on vessels inspected should be implemented as it would relieve ships from unnecessarily frequent inspections, the resolution said. Britain and the United States have started publishing the names of ships considered sub-standard. But the ASF said the adoption of regional co-operative agreements in Port State Control was one of the best methods to tackle sub-standard ships and the threat they could pose to the lives of seafarers and the marine environment. All the participants at the meeting supported the concept of the Tokyo Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control in the Asia-Pacific region. The meeting, chaired by Lau Cheng Eng, who is chairman of the Federation of ASEAN Shipowners' Association, was attended by representatives from Australia, China, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Hong Kong was represented by Michael Farlie, director of the Hong Kong Shipowners' Association, and Sir William Codrington of the World-Wide Shipping Agency. Mr Farlie said the meeting had been 'positive and businesslike'. The participants deplored all acts of piracy and armed intervention on merchant ships sailing throughout the world. Serious concern was expressed for the safety of crews, especially those who work aboard ships carrying hazardous cargoes. Anxieties were also expressed on the plight of very large crude carriers and passenger liners over the possibilities of them being attacked by pirates. 'Human lives will be put at risk or serious oil pollution could result if these ships run aground as a direct consequence of such attacks,' the resolution said. The meeting strongly advised all shipmasters to take appropriate precautionary measures whenever their ships were anchored at, or sailing through pirate-infested areas, particularly at night.