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News items in 2018

Date Title

23 Jan 2018

Web Alert: U.S. Expansion of Department of Transportation (DOT) Drug Screening to include Semi-Synthetic Opiates

The DOT promulgated its final rule (82 FR 52229) to add hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone to the "Opioids" section of the drug-testing panel. Beginning January 1, 2018, in addition to the existing DOT drug testing panel, mariners in safety-sensitive positions will also be tested for the four additional semi-synthetic opioids.

23 Jan 2018

Web Alert: Web Alert: Honduras – Oil Spill Response – new requirements – update

Owners/Members are informed that the new oil spill response requirements in Honduras (as set out in the club's Circular dated 22 December 2017) are not now expected to come into force until the end of March 2018, rather than on 15 January 2018 as previously notified.

19 Jan 2018

Web Alert: Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks – Update on Portugal and Sweden

The club refers to its recent circulars and web alerts (all of which can be found here), on the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks ('the Nairobi Convention') which came into force on 14 April 2015.

17 Jan 2018

Web Alert: Anti-technicality clauses and withdrawal ─ the devil is in the detail

Withdrawal of a ship on time charter is the owner’s traditional remedy against non-payment of hire.

17 Jan 2018

Web Alert: Venezuela restricts commercial trade to the Netherlands Antilles in an effort to strengthen anti-smuggling efforts

In January 2018, the government of Venezuela announced its decision to ban commercial trade to the Netherlands Antilles, namely Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire.

16 Jan 2018

Web Alert: United States Coastguard guidance on ballast water management

The United States Coastguard (USCG) recently issued guidance on ballast water management (BWM) and ballast water management systems (BWMS).

15 Jan 2018

Web Alert: Revised version 3.0 of the IG/CINS Guidelines for the Carriage of Calcium Hypochlorite in Containers

Members are advised of the release of the revised version (‘version 3.0’) of the “Guidelines for the Carriage of Calcium Hypochlorite in Containers” - jointly published by the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) and the International Group of P&I clubs.

12 Jan 2018

Web Alert: Web Alert: The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) publishes its 2017 annual report – lowest number of piracy incidents since 1995

The IMB has published its report on piracy and armed robbery for the 12 month period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

11 Jan 2018

Web Alert: US Government's proposal to expand its Outer Continental Shell for potential oil and gas lease sales

On 4 January 2018, the US Secretary of the Interior announced the US government’s proposal to make over 90 percent of the total Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) acreage, in federal offshore areas, accessible for future oil/gas exploration and development.

8 Jan 2018

Web Alert: Lloyd’s Open Form, SCOPIC and the use of side agreements

The Lloyd’s Open Form (LOF) salvage contract has been in use for over 100 years and is often the best contract in an emergency situation.

8 Jan 2018

Press release: The Standard Club appoints Leanne O’Loughlin as head of New York office

The focus on the New York office as a claims service hub for the Americas demonstrates the club’s commitment to their existing clients and indicates an intention to grow the business within this important market.

5 Jan 2018

Web Alert: Implementation of MPA-regulated steel stevedoring tariff at Sembawang, Singapore

PSA Singapore will be implementing the Maritime and Port Authority’s regulated stevedoring tariff for the handling of steel cargoes at Singapore’s Sembawang Wharves.

5 Jan 2018

Web Alert: Sea Pollution Fines in Turkey in 2018

The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization of Turkey revised sea pollution fines for 2018​.

2 Jan 2018

Web Alert: Incheon port, Korea discounts port charges from 1 January 2018

Incheon Port Authority (IPA), Korea announced that a 30% discount of port charges is applicable to container liners trading from Incheon to the Americas, Europe and Oceania and Africa from 1 January 2018.