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The guidance and advice from the club helps members operate as safely as possible, stay ahead of changing regulations and mitigate operating risks. Our team of experienced lawyers and technical experts specialise in particular ship types or geographical regions so they can provide tailored and relevant advice and guidance. These teams contribute to the wealth of best practice knowledge, news and opinion available to members

News items in 2014

Date Title

12 Sep 2014

Web alert: China - New Enterprise Income Tax regulation now in force

On 30 June 2014, the China State Administration of Taxation (CSAT) issued the “Notice on Provisional Measures on the Collection of Tax on Non-Resident Enterprises Engaged in International Transportation Business” (2014 No 37 Notice).

5 Sep 2014

Web alert: Issuing clean bills of lading - Retla Rust Clauses

In an attempt to mitigate the consequences of issuing ‘clean’ bills for cargoes of iron, steel and metal products, the practice of inserting a ‘Retla clause’ on the face of the bill has developed.

4 Sep 2014

Standard Bulletin, September 2014

In this edition we cover: an update on the Ebola outbreak, a change in the assessment of damages, safe carriage of yachts on deck, Brazil’s new port law, proposed changes to the NYPE form and the staff spotlight.

3 Sep 2014

Web alert: Paris & Tokyo MoUs commence 'concentrated inspection campaign'

The Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) will last from 1 September to 30 November

2 Sep 2014

Web alert: Piracy - an ongoing need for vigilance

Despite an improvement in the overall piracy situation off Somalia and in the wider Indian Ocean, the threat remains.

31 Aug 2014

Standard Club Wins 'LOU' Ruling

Ship Management International have recently published an article about a notable victory for the Standard Club in the London Appeal Court

18 Aug 2014

Web alert: Ivory Coast Authorities lift port restrictions in place in response to Ebola threat and general West Africa update

This web alert covers measures taken by West African nations in response to the Ebola outbreak – namely Ivory Coast; Nigeria; Gabon and Cape Verde; the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) response and other general advice to Members.

7 Aug 2014

Web alert: Group A Cargoes Originating from Sierra Leone

Members are advised that they should exercise caution when involved in the trade of Group A cargoes from Sierra Leone

7 Aug 2014

Web alert: 7 August 2014 - MLC enters force in the UK

The Maritime Labour Convention 2006 enters into force in the UK on 7 August 2014, following ratification of the Convention in August 2013

4 Aug 2014

Press article: Misdeclared beware!

The shipment of an undisclosed cargo can be a ship owner’s worst nightmare which, in some scenarios, can lead to a major casualty putting the safety of the ship’s crew, hull and cargo and the environment at risk

30 Jul 2014

Web alert: Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

The Club is aware of and continues to monitor the ongoing outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and is aware that the World Health Organisation (“WHO”) has reported a further increase of cases in the region.

17 Jul 2014

Press article: Repairs – contractual issues from a P&I cover perspective

it’s recommended when negotiating repair contracts that the shipyard contact its insurer to ensure any liabilities assumed fall within scope of cover

17 Jul 2014

Web alert: ReCAAP ISC publishes summary of piracy incidents in Asia for 2014

ReCAAP ISC has published a summary of its statistics for piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia between January and June 2014.

16 Jul 2014

Standard Cargo Special Edition: Misdeclared Cargo

The shipment of an undisclosed cargo can be a shipowner’s worst nightmare and, in some scenarios, can lead to a major casualty, putting the safety of the ship’s crew, hull, cargo and the environment at risk.

14 Jul 2014

Web alert: Ukraine - closure of sea ports in Crimea

On 16 June 2014 the Ukraine Ministry of Infrastructure issued decree number 255, stating that certain sea ports in the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea will be closed to international shipping

10 Jul 2014

Web alert: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

Based on information provided by the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the total number of MERS-CoV cases recorded in the Kingdom since 2012 is 714.

8 Jul 2014

Press article: Ongoing education in the marine liability market

Nick Sansom, Director of Professional Development, comments on the importance of ongoing education and the P&I Qualification