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News items in 2017

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19 Oct 2017

Web Alert: P&I cover for cyber risks arising out of the use of electronic trading systems

Electronic trading systems are, by their nature, susceptible to the risk of cyber attack. What would the P&I cover position be should a claim arise under those circumstances?

19 Oct 2017

Web Alert: Maersk and partners to implement blockchain-based marine insurance platform

This may represent a watershed moment within the marine insurance industry, and the insurance industry as a whole.

18 Oct 2017

Web Alert: The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) publishes its third quarter report on piracy and armed robbery for 2017

Whilst piracy rates were down compared to the same period in 2016, the report highlights continuing concern over attacks in the Gulf of Guinea and in Southeast Asia.

17 Oct 2017

Web Alert: Hong Kong Government proposes to implement latest IMO limits under the 1996 Protocol

The new limits are proposed to come into operation on 4 December 2017.

16 Oct 2017

Web Alert: Polar Code amendments to STCW

The new STCW amendments will take effect on 1 July 2018 (not 1 January 2018 as previously announced).

16 Oct 2017

Offshore Bulletin, October 2017

This guide is intended to be used as a single point of reference to aid members to fully understand the terms and issues raised in our contract reviews.

13 Oct 2017

Web Alert: Philippines Nickel Ore - 14 mining firms still operating despite suspension order

Members with ships fixed to load mineral ore cargo from the Philippines are recommended to liaise closely with the club’s local correspondent and clarify the export ban with the relevant government agency prior to confirming the voyage.

13 Oct 2017

Web Alert: Guidelines for the carriage of charcoal and carbon in containers

There have been a number of reported fires in recent years involving the carriage of these cargoes in containers. For this reason, the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) and the International Group of P&I Clubs have jointly published guidelines on the carriage of charcoal and carbon in containers.

12 Oct 2017

Standard Bulletin, October 2017

This bulletin reviews how the club has been delivering on its strategic objectives during the first half of the 2017/18 policy year and how it plans to continue doing so.

10 Oct 2017

Web Alert: USA revokes sanctions against Sudan

As a result of the revocation of these provisions, US persons will no longer be prohibited from engaging in transactions that were previously prohibited under the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R part 538 (SSR).

3 Oct 2017

Press Article: Avoiding environmental liability in the hurricane season

Leanne O'Loughlin explains the tests that need to be passed to rely on an 'Act of God' defence, in an article in Insurance Day.

2 Oct 2017

Web Alert: Australia - detention and ban on vessel for non-payment of crew wages

Members are reminded to ensure that their vessels’ operations and maintenance comply with the prescribed mechanical and safety standards and that their crew are treated fairly and in accordance with the MLC.

29 Sep 2017

Web Alert: Analysis of Black Sea GPS spoofing incidents reveals patterns

Spoofing is a process whereby a GPS is made to display false information deliberately without the knowledge of the user. Subtle changes in GPS position over time may catch an unwary navigator off guard, particularly if the navigator is relying too heavily on GPS for navigation.

29 Sep 2017

Web Alert: US expands sanctions against North Korea

New sanctions have been imposed by the US against North Korea in response to their recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

28 Sep 2017

Web Alert: IMO issues new guidance for bauxite cargoes

IMO’s Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers, at its fourth session (11 to 15 September 2017), considered new GBWG recommendations and finalised three draft amendments for submission to the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC)

22 Sep 2017

Web Alert: Master describes response to GPS denial incident in the Black Sea

This article gives guidance on how to manage a failure of GPS to avoid an incident.

14 Sep 2017

Web Alert: Hurricane Irma – issues arising under contracts of carriage

The disruption to cargo vessels recently caused by Hurricane Irma has raised a number of legal issues.

8 Sep 2017

Web Alert: US Coastguard sets port conditions in anticipation of the Hurricane Irma

These ports and facilities are currently open to all commercial traffic and all transfer operations may continue while X-ray or Whiskey remain in effect.

7 Sep 2017

Web Alert: Guidance on maritime security transit corridor

Combined Maritime Forces has issued guidance regarding transits in the Gulf of Aden and other recommended transits in the Red Sea/Indian Ocean following the recent piracy attacks in this region.

7 Sep 2017

Web Alert: Hurricane Harvey - update on affected ports

This update details the ports and waterways that are open for day and night transit (with some restrictions).