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News items in 2015

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31 Mar 2015

Press article: case law developments regarding removal of US maritime cases from state to federal court

Senior Claims Executive Rebecca Hamra was recently published in the first quarter 2015 edition of Benedict’s Maritime Bulletin

31 Mar 2015

Web alert: Asian Gypsy Moths

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announces high risk period for Asian Gypsy Moths commenced 1 March 2015

30 Mar 2015

Web alert: Hong Kong Air Pollution Control Regulations

A new regulation requiring ocean-going vessels (OGVs) to comply with 0.5% sulphur limit will be enforced in Hong Kong waters with effect from 1 July 2015.

27 Mar 2015

Web alert: The Standard Club's Sam Kendall-Marsden spoke on "Pollution aspects of Costa Concordia" at Interspill 2015

On 26 March 2015, Sam Kendall-Marsden delivered a paper on "Pollution aspects of Costa Concordia" at Interspill 2015 in Amsterdam, a conference dedicated to spill prevention, preparedness and response.

26 Mar 2015

Web alert: security situation in Yemen

The club is aware that the security situation in Yemen has deteriorated, with coalition air strikes led by Saudi Arabia taking place in a number of areas.

25 Mar 2015

Web alert: cargo claim dismissed for lack of title – Straight Bills of Lading - A timely reminder

In this recent English High Court case the owner/carrier had agreed to carry 76 drums of coal tar in two containers between Tanzania and China. Upon discharge it was discovered that the cargo had been substituted with sand and pebbles.

24 Mar 2015

Web alert: use of Lagos Secure Anchorage Area approved by Nigerian Government agencies

The Lagos SAA is a protected zone approximately 10nm south-west of the Lagos Channel, with a centre point of 006°17’18’’N and 003°12’00’’E.

23 Mar 2015

Web alert: Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks – Update on the UK

The UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has advised the International Group (IG) that the volume of Nairobi Convention certificate applications they have received is putting strain on their capacity to process these certificates.

20 Mar 2015

Standard Bulletin, March 2015

In this edition, we cover: The Standard Club’s February 2015 renewal, Sulphur reduction – MARPOL Annex VI - the club’s perspective, Synopsis of the new Wreck Removal Convention, Bauxite cargo liquefaction risk, Environmental liabilities: a question of motive, Navigating the complex maze of sanctions, French supreme court upholds jurisdiction clause, LNG as fuel, Focus on FFO matters: sub-sea cables and the Staff spotlight.

18 Mar 2015

Web alert: The New Jason Clause: a reminder of its importance

The key lesson to take away from reading this article is that shipowners should ensure that the standard, unamended, wording of the 'New Jason Clause’ is always incorporated into their bills of lading / waybills when US Law may be applicable, or if the contract concerns shipment of cargoes from or to the United States.

18 Mar 2015

Web alert: Jordan - bulk cargo shortage claims

There has been a considerable increase in substantial bulk cargo shortage claims in Jordan during the last year. As a result of this it is understood that, following the IG clubs’ intervention, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has decided to set up a special committee to which the P&I appointed surveyor would be able to contribute.

18 Mar 2015

Web alert: Spotlight on LeRoy Lambert, President, Charles Taylor P&I Management (Americas), Inc

LeRoy Lambert shares his thoughts and experiences on the industry and his career in The Maynard Messenger

16 Mar 2015

Web alert: The ‘ELENI P’ – the pitfalls of inconsistent dispute resolution clauses

The issues dealt with in The Eleni P highlight the importance of reviewing charterparties carefully, in order to ensure that there are no conflicting clauses relating to dispute resolution.

13 Mar 2015

Web alert: new correspondent details for Thailand

If members require local correspondent assistance in Thailand, we recommend contacting your usual club contact, or alternatively Spica Services (Thailand) Limited

11 Mar 2015

Web alert: Vector Management Plan for Port of Kandla

A vessel must have a Water Safety Plan and a Food Safety Plan as part of a Vector Management Plan.

11 Mar 2015

Web alert: US Sanctions imposed on seven Venezuelan Government Officials

On 9 March 2015, President Obama issued an executive order that declared a national emergency with respect to the “unusual and extraordinary” situation in Venezuela based on its threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.

10 Mar 2015

Web alert: ‘The critical combination’: what constitutes an unsafe port?

The safe port warranty in charterparties (time and voyage) offers an important protection to owners. It holds a charterer liable for any loss occasioned by their nomination of a port that is deemed ‘unsafe’. This article looks at the complexity of defining this term.

6 Mar 2015

Web alert: Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks – Update on the Isle of Man (IoM)

The club has received confirmation through the International Group (IG) and from the IMO that the UK will extend their accession of the Nairobi Convention to the Isle of Man.

6 Mar 2015

Web alert: US Coast Guard issues Safety Alert regarding Fuel Oil Changeover Procedures

The US Coast Guard (USCG) issued a Safety Alert on 3 March 2015, regarding ultra-low sulphur (ULS) fuel oil changeover procedures and compliance with MARPOL requirements.

3 Mar 2015

Web alert: trading in Polar waters and the Polar Code

The club appreciates that ship operators trading in the Polar Regions are exposed to a variety of unique risks and also that an environmental balance must be maintained; so a sea voyage in polar areas is a complicated endeavour.

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