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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

28 Jul 2015

Web alert: Nigeria blacklists crude oil tankers

On 15 July 2015, a letter was issued by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), banning 113 oil tankers from entering Nigerian territorial waters and oil facilities.

24 Jul 2015

Web alert: nickel-ore liquefaction casualty

Members are advised that regrettably another bulk carrier has potentially suffered the consequences of cargo liquefaction.

24 Jul 2015

Web alert: The Standard Club’s 2015 results

The 'Annual report and financial statements 2015' and the 'Review of the year 2015' are available to download

23 Jul 2015

Web alert: important Supreme Court mesothelioma decision for insurers and members

The Supreme Court ruled that under an employers’ liability policy, an insurer paying a mesothelioma claim where the insurer was on risk only for part of the exposure period would be able to recover from any other insurer – or from the insured, if no cover existed or could be traced – a contribution to the settlement paid to the former employee.

23 Jul 2015

Web alert: steps being taken to tackle liquefaction of bauxite cargoes - an update from Intercargo

Following the tragic loss of the Bulk Jupiter earlier this year following the liquefaction of her bauxite cargo, steps are being taken to increase awareness of the nature of Bauxite and prevent such incidents happening again.

22 Jul 2015

Web alert: IMB publishes second quarter report on piracy and armed robbery for 2015

The IMB has published its report on piracy and armed robbery for the second quarter of 2015, covering the period from 1 January to 30 June 2015.

15 Jul 2015

Standard Bulletin: Latin America Special Edition, July 2015

In this second Latin American special edition of The Standard Bulletin we provide a summary of the legal regimes in place across the region and highlight some common themes.

15 Jul 2015

Web alert: OW Bunker ‘test’ case – A disappointing UK judgment handed down yesterday (14 July 2015)

The judgment delivered by Mr Justice Males yesterday, regarding the Res Cogitans, was an appeal from an arbitration award delivered on 16 April 2015.

8 Jul 2015

Standard Bulletin, July 2015

In this edition, we cover: Rights of direct action against P&I clubs, Singapore War Risks Mutual, The Insurance Act 2015, Brillante Virtuoso ruled a constructive total loss, Reefer container claims, The Standard Syndicate 1884: ship’s spares cover, Enforcement: giving judgments and awards teeth overseas and our staff spotlight

6 Jul 2015

Web alert: Hurricane Sandy Qualifies as 'Act of God'; US COGSA Defence Successful

For an Act of God defence to succeed under COGSA, the carrier needs to prove that the damage was caused by an unexpected natural event and could not have been prevented by the exercise of reasonable care.

2 Jul 2015

Standard Bulletin: Offshore Special Edition, July 2015

The tenth Offshore Special Edition of the Standard Bulletin focuses on decomissioning - the topic recently covered at our Offshore Forums in London and Singapore on 13 May and 3 June respectively.

1 Jul 2015

Web alert: Suez Canal expansion

The Suez Canal expansion works are due to be completed on 1 August 2015

26 Jun 2015

Web alert: Early Implementation of SOLAS Regulation XI-1/7 on Atmosphere Testing Instrument for Enclosed Spaces – Singapore and Vanuatu

An update on the requirements imposed to mitigate the serious threat posed to people working in enclosed spaces on board ships.

25 Jun 2015

Web alert: Ecological extortion in Ukraine

Members are advised that there is an on-going issue in Ukrainian ports of so called ‘ecological racketeering’, in which bogus ecological inspection officials use spurious regulations to attempt to obtain bribes from unsuspecting ships' masters.

25 Jun 2015

Press release: S&P affirms Standard Club Europe 'A' rating with stable outlook

S&P has revised its outlook on the club to stable from negative to reflect the club’s capital strength and sustainable underwriting performance.

23 Jun 2015

Web alert: Regulations of The People's Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Marine Pollution from Ships

Members are informed that the PRC Ministry of Transport recently published revised Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Emergency Prevention and Handling of Marine Pollution Caused by Vessels (revised Regulations), which became effective on 12 May 2015.

19 Jun 2015

Web alert: Update on new requirements for club LoUs in Mexico

The Director General of the Merchant Marina (DGMM) acknowledged on 12 June 2015 that The Standard Club Europe Limited LoUs are accepted by them with three year validity.

17 Jun 2015

Web alert: Panama Canal Authority Provides Toll Calculation Tools

In an effort to facilitate the transition to the recently approved tolls structure, scheduled to go into effect 1 April 2016, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has made guidelines and tools for the calculation of the new tolls available on their website.

17 Jun 2015

Web alert: Amendments to the IMSBC Code Announced

The IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee has decided on a number of amendments to the IMSBC Code.