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News items in 2015

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2 Jul 2015

Standard Bulletin: Offshore Special Edition, July 2015

The tenth Offshore Special Edition of the Standard Bulletin focuses on decomissioning - the topic recently covered at our Offshore Forums in London and Singapore on 13 May and 3 June respectively.

1 Jul 2015

Web alert: Suez Canal expansion

The Suez Canal expansion works are due to be completed on 1 August 2015

26 Jun 2015

Web alert: Early Implementation of SOLAS Regulation XI-1/7 on Atmosphere Testing Instrument for Enclosed Spaces – Singapore and Vanuatu

An update on the requirements imposed to mitigate the serious threat posed to people working in enclosed spaces on board ships.

25 Jun 2015

Web alert: Ecological extortion in Ukraine

Members are advised that there is an on-going issue in Ukrainian ports of so called ‘ecological racketeering’, in which bogus ecological inspection officials use spurious regulations to attempt to obtain bribes from unsuspecting ships' masters.

25 Jun 2015

Press release: S&P affirms Standard Club Europe 'A' rating with stable outlook

S&P has revised its outlook on the club to stable from negative to reflect the club’s capital strength and sustainable underwriting performance.

23 Jun 2015

Web alert: Regulations of The People's Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Marine Pollution from Ships

Members are informed that the PRC Ministry of Transport recently published revised Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Emergency Prevention and Handling of Marine Pollution Caused by Vessels (revised Regulations), which became effective on 12 May 2015.

19 Jun 2015

Web alert: Update on new requirements for club LoUs in Mexico

The Director General of the Merchant Marina (DGMM) acknowledged on 12 June 2015 that The Standard Club Europe Limited LoUs are accepted by them with three year validity.

17 Jun 2015

Web alert: Panama Canal Authority Provides Toll Calculation Tools

In an effort to facilitate the transition to the recently approved tolls structure, scheduled to go into effect 1 April 2016, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has made guidelines and tools for the calculation of the new tolls available on their website.

17 Jun 2015

Web alert: Amendments to the IMSBC Code Announced

The IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee has decided on a number of amendments to the IMSBC Code.

17 Jun 2015

Press article: Plan of action

Recent oil spills have once again focused attention on the efficacy and reliability of national response measures. Duncan Howard, Claims Operations Director, was consulted for this article in Bunkerspot on the high-profile issue of pollution prevention.

16 Jun 2015

Web alert: Petrobras identify factors causing explosion on board FPSO Cidade de São Mateus

Petrobras have completed their accident analysis report of the explosion on board the FPSO Cidade de São Mateus offshore Brazil which resulted in the death of nine souls.

11 Jun 2015

Press article: insurer acts on evolving tanker safety regulation

Yves Vandenborn, Loss Prevention Director, was consulted for this article published in IHS Sea-web

8 Jun 2015

Web alert: New coal quality standards now in force for China

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has enacted a new legislation designed to reduce the level of pollution connected with the importation of coal

8 Jun 2015

Web alert: Shipowners right to limit liability - limits under the 1996 LLMC Protocol to increase by 51% on 8 June 2015

We have previously reported that in 2012 the IMO decided to increase the limits of liability under the 1996 Protocol by 51% and that these increases are due to come into force on 8 June 2015. This was because in recent years the existing limits have been considered inadequate to cover the rising cost of claims especially in relation to pollution and clean-up costs.

8 Jun 2015

Press article: P&I cover offshore - what you need to know

Sarah Wallace, Claims Executive, contributed an article to the Offshore Wind Journal, Q2 2015

5 Jun 2015

Web alert: Mexico's National Hydrocarbons Commission begins the bidding round for shallow waters in the Gulf of Mexico

The Mexican National Hydrocarbons Commission has recently made available the bidding and contract terms for the first 14 oil and gas areas in shallow waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

2 Jun 2015

Web alert: The grounding of MODU Kullak, a reminder to ensure proper towage assessment

The U.S. National Transportation Board (NTSB) in a 14-page report, have concluded that the probable cause of the grounding of the mobile offshore drilling unit Kulluk was Shell’s inadequate assessment of the risk for its planned tow of the Kulluk, resulting in an insufficient tow plan to mitigate the risks during the towage.

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