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News and Commentary


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

8 Jul 2014

Web alert: NTVRP Interim Operating Authorizations – Limited Extensions

US Coast Guard stated its intention to grant a 3 month extension beyond July 31st of Interim Operating Authorizations (IOAs) for non-tank vessels

27 Jun 2014

Web alert: Visual checks - An essential part of lifeboat safety

A recent accident involving a free fall lifeboat occurred when the hook system, intended to secure the lifeboat in place, released unexpectedly.

20 Jun 2014

Web alert: NTVRP Interim Operating Authorizations Expire July 31, 2014

Vessel owners or operators who have yet to submit their NTV Response Plans are urged to do so as soon as possible.

19 Jun 2014

Web alert: Nigeria - use of armed guards

Members should be aware there is currently jurisdictional uncertainty between the Nigerian navy and the Nigerian marine police

17 Jun 2014

Press article: Look out and around

Rahul Sapra, Marine Surveyor, comments on the recent upsurge in the number of navigation related incidents seen by the Standard Club and advises on safe navigation

12 Jun 2014

Web alert: USCG Ballast Water Regulations

The issue of ballast water management (BWM) is the subject of legislation for both the IMO and various governments

12 Jun 2014

Standard Bulletin, June 2014

In this edition we cover: club board meeting, the master and pilot relationship, cargo values, safety and loss prevention and the staff spotlight

10 Jun 2014

Web alert: Entry requirements for Port of Salalah, Oman

The Port of Salalah, Oman has introduced a requirement requiring ships calling there to provide confirmation of cover

29 May 2014

Press article: the delicate art of staying still

As advances are made in dynamic positioning technology and its application, are we treading water in our understanding and prevention of incidents

27 May 2014

Web alert: Asian Gypsy Moths - it’s nearly that time again

The flight season of the Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) is nearly upon us.

7 May 2014

Web alert: 70% chance of an El Niño event

Australia Bureau of Meteorology has announced a 70% chance of an El Niño event occurring as early as July 2014

30 Apr 2014

Press article: Ukraine - what should the shipping industry expect?

Our representative on the IG sanctions working group, Roger Johnson, was consulted for an article published in Maritime Risk International in April 2014

29 Apr 2014

Web alert: IMO SOLAS Chapter VI - Carriage of Cargoes - Regulation 5.2 - Bulk liquid blending

January 2014 saw the entry into force of a number of amendments to SOLAS. Amongst these amendments, the changes to SOLAS Chapter VI – Carriage of cargoes, Regulation 5.2 have a particular significance.

28 Apr 2014

Event: INTERTANKO and the Standard Club Asia Ltd: Ballast Water Lecture and Reception 15 May, Singapore

INTERTANKO and the Standard Club Asia Ltd. will be providing a State of Affairs lecture on Ballast Water Management on Thursday 15 May

25 Apr 2014

Web alert: ICC IMB 2014 first-quarter report shows reduction in piracy incidents

The number of piracy incidents in the first-quarter of 2014 as reported by the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) is the lowest since 2007

23 Apr 2014

Web alert: Winding up of the 1971 Fund – Future of Liabilities under the Fund conventions

The International Group is supporting legal action started by Gard against the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds

17 Apr 2014

Web alert: Lloyd's Standard Salvage and Arbitration (LSSA) Clauses amended

This amendment will allow non-United Kingdom underwriters to provide security by way of a Lloyd’s standard guarantee

16 Apr 2014

Web alert: Athens Protocol 2002

The 2002 Athens Protocol will come into effect on 23 April 2014.