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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 2015

Date Title

29 Sep 2015

Web alert: cargoes that may liquefy - Bauxite and Coal

The IMO’s Sub-Committee on Carriage of Containers and Cargoes (CCC) recently met to discuss, among other issues, cargoes which may liquefy, in particular, bauxite and coal.

25 Sep 2015

Web alert: definition of “Ship” under Article I (1) of the 1992 Civil Liability Convention (CLC) – Final Report of the Seventh Intersessional Working Group (IOPC) published on 11 September 2015

The seventh intersessional Working Group was set up in order to review and assess, among other issues, whether FSOs and FSUs (floating storage and offloading units) can be classified as ‘ship’ under Article I (1) of the 1992 CLC.

18 Sep 2015

Web alert: Brazil’s largest oil workers union federation (FUP/CUT) threatens to strike against Petrobras Divestment Plan and the approval of new legislation for the exploitation of the pre-salt.

The oil workers federation held a 24-hour strike on 24 July and is planning an indefinite strike in September if there is not a positive response to its 24-hour strike. It opposes the sale of $15bn worth of assets by the end of 2016 and changes in legislation that aim to remove Petrobras’ exclusive rights to exploit the pre-salt oilfields.

17 Sep 2015

Web alert: the Sea Miror – an owner/carrier can shift responsibility for the loading / discharge of cargo with the use of clear language

In the recent case of the Sea Miror,[1] the English High Court has reviewed the law on responsibility for cargo operations and considered which party is liable for loss or damage arising from improper loading, stowage and/or discharge of cargo.

16 Sep 2015

Web alert: the Bao Yue - a timely reminder that a lawful bill of lading holder is under a continuing duty to take delivery of their cargo

Conversion is essentially the act of wrongfully interfering with an individual’s goods in such a way that it constitutes a denial of the lawful owner's rights or an assertion of rights inconsistent with the lawful owner's. In the recent English High Court case of Bao Yue, the shipowner successfully defended a claim for unlawful conversion following storage of cargo that had not been collected within a reasonable time.

15 Sep 2015

Press article: London would suffer if shipping sailed off

The Standard Club's event at LISW is reported in the Evening Standard

15 Sep 2015

Press article: Wreck removal - choosing the right contract

Sam Kendall-Marsden, Head of Division, UK & Americas, is featured in the September/October edition of International Tug & OSV

15 Sep 2015

Web alert: province of Zambales update

The club will continue to monitor the position and keep members closely advised

15 Sep 2015

Press article: UK capital faces battle for status

The Standard Club's event at LISW is reported in TradeWinds

9 Sep 2015

Web alert: Philippines - Supreme Court reviews and confirms the position on work-related illness

The Supreme Court in the Philippines recently gave judgment on a case which again underlined the continuing practice of compensating a seafarer in full for an illnesses which would appear on the face of it to be non-work related in origin.

7 Sep 2015

Web alert: Filipino province of Zambales seeks to impose passage fee on passing ships

The club has been advised that the Province of Zambales in the western Philippines has sought to impose a passage fee on passing ships with effect from 20 July 2015.

4 Sep 2015

Web alert: The Standard Club's Sam Kendall-Marsden speaks at ACI's 6th Maritime Salvage & Casualty Response conference

Sam spoke on "The Rising Costs of Wreck Removal - The P&I Perspective" and participated in a panel discussion hosted by John Noble which addressed related themes.

2 Sep 2015

Web alert: update on status of ports in Yemen

In line with the information received from our local correspondents GAC, it is reported that the port of Hodeidah, Yemen, has been reopened and was operational as of 27 August 2015 at 11:30.

2 Sep 2015

Web alert: UNHRC data shows crossings of Mediterranean Sea exceed 300,000, including 200,000 to Greece

UNHRC has reported that more refugees and migrants arrived in Greece during the month of July than during the whole of last year.

2 Sep 2015

Web alert: ICS revised guidelines for large scale rescue operations at sea

This updated and revised edition offers some practical guidance on relevant legal obligations and practical procedures to ensure the safe and prompt disembarkation of refugees and migrants, and on measures to meet their specific needs.

1 Sep 2015

Web alert: delivery of cargo in African ports against fraudulent bills-of-lading

Recently, the club has received notification of a number of cases related to delivery of container cargo against fraudulent bills of lading in African ports, particularly in Mombasa, Matadi and Nacala.

28 Aug 2015

Press article: Standard directors give dollar backing to Lloyd's syndicate

Jeremy Grose, Chief Executive, is interviewed in TradeWinds.

27 Aug 2015

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

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

26 Aug 2015

Web alert: Arbitration Agreements with Chinese Counterparts

Ensuring arbitration agreements and awards are upheld and enforceable in mainland China is a minefield. But there are ways of reducing the risk.

25 Aug 2015

Web alert: new Algerian car import legislation

Members are advised that the Ministry of Industry in Algeria has issued a new legislation affecting the activities of parties engaged in the import of cars into Algeria.