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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 2015

Date Title

25 Aug 2015

Web alert: update on current status of Yemen ports

Read our member advice on the security situation at Yemen.

21 Aug 2015

Web alert: Yemen - restricted access to ports by coalition forces

According to the club's local correspondent GAC, they have information from the harbour master that access to Saleef Port is restricted by the naval forces of the coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

21 Aug 2015

Web alert: a brief reminder - as to the risk associated with delivering goods without the production of original bills of lading

Recently the Guangzhou Maritime Court in China had to consider a claim where the claimant shipper sued the defendant carrier for RMB 3.8m (approximately $600,000) on the grounds that the carrier had delivered the subject goods at the disport without presentation of the original bill of lading.

18 Aug 2015

Web alert: Tianjin port explosion

Following a large explosion at Tianjin port last week, investigations are ongoing as to the cause of the blast.

18 Aug 2015

Web alert: persistent problems in nickel ore trade in the Philippines

Further to previous club advice including the club's publication on Liquefaction of Mineral Ore and Mineral Concentrates, problems persist in the mining and transportation of nickel ore from the Philippines.

18 Aug 2015

Web alert: Saudi-led coalition bombs Hodeidah - port reportedly closed

The club is aware of reports that a Saudi-led coalition has struck the Yemeni port of Hodeidah while targeting rebel Houthi positions. Port officials have reported that cranes and warehouses have been destroyed in the attack.

17 Aug 2015

Web alert: norovirus outbreak not fault of ship

In the recent first instance decision of Nolan v TUI Ltd (2015) it was held by the Court that cruise operators are not liable for outbreaks of norovirus aboard vessels if industry standard response plans and other necessary measures are properly implemented by the operator to manage the illness and bring it under control.

17 Aug 2015

Press article: what are the biggest claims?

Enam Hussain, Syndicate Director, reviews the trends in claims in the July/August edition of Maritime Risk International

14 Aug 2015

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

The club has received information through the International Group (IG) that the Nairobi Convention will take effect in the Republic of Cyprus from 22 October 2015.

13 Aug 2015

Standard Bulletin, Loss Prevention methodology, August 2015

In the third bulletin in our methodology series, we look at our Loss Prevention department and its part in enabling the club to achieve its key objectives.

13 Aug 2015

Web alert: is delivery of cargo under an Electronic Release System (ERS) a breach of contract?

Recently the English High Court had to consider whether a carrier had complied with its obligations for delivery of cargo under a bill of lading, by adopting an Electronic Release System (ERS) - in supplying an ‘import pin code’ permitting the recipient to take delivery of the cargo.

11 Aug 2015

Web alert: BIMCO provides time charter party for RoPax

BIMCO has now formulated the standard time charter party for the RoPax ferry sector.

6 Aug 2015

Web alert: Jordan security arrangements update

Requirement for P&I correspondents to submit a certified banker’s cheque in respect of cargo loss and damage pending receipt of a bank guarantee is reversed.

5 Aug 2015

Press article: Jeremy Grose, Chief Executive, interviewed in Insurance Day

Jeremy spoke on how the club is responding to the challenges of diversifying its business platform

5 Aug 2015

Web alerts: amendments proposed for coal cargoes under IMSBC Code

The proposals include an amended schedule for coal under Appendix 2 of the IMSBC Code.

5 Aug 2015

Web alert: Fifth Circuit ruling - additional insurance coverage capped by incorporating in the policy the $5m limit of the MSA

Endeavour Energy Resources, well owner and operator, and Basic Energy Service entered into a master service agreement (MSA) that contained valid reciprocal indemnity provisions and insurance obligations, requiring each party to obtain at least $5m in insurance coverage.

4 Aug 2015

Press article: Shocking liquefaction casualties must be stemmed by rigorous cargo checks

Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, contributed an article to the 31 July edition of TradeWinds

3 Aug 2015

Web alert: IHO updates ECDIS software to improve user experience

The International Hydrographic Office (IHO) recently published new versions of a number of its ECDIS software performance standards. These updates are designed to give the user a better experience, reduce alarms and improve the functionality of ECDIS.

31 Jul 2015

Web alert: IMO new routing measures - Alaska's Aleutian Islands & Australia's Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve

The Maritime Safety Committee of the IMO recently adopted new ship routing measures aimed at reducing the risk of marine casualties and related pollution from ships operating in the vicinity of Alaska’s Aleutian Island archipelago and the Australia's Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve.

31 Jul 2015

Web alert: new Court of Appeal decision considers relationship between Athens Convention and contribution claims

In The South West Strategic Health Authority v. Bay Island Voyages [2015] EWCA Civ 708, the Court of Appeal was asked to determine whether the two year time bar under Article 16 of the Athens Convention would apply to a contribution claim brought by the employer of a passenger against the carrier under the Civil Liability (Contribution) Act 1978 (“the 1978 Act”).