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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

17 Jun 2015

Press article: Plan of action

Recent oil spills have once again focused attention on the efficacy and reliability of national response measures. Duncan Howard, Claims Operations Director, was consulted for this article in Bunkerspot on the high-profile issue of pollution prevention.

11 Jun 2015

Press article: insurer acts on evolving tanker safety regulation

Yves Vandenborn, Loss Prevention Director, was consulted for this article published in IHS Sea-web

8 Jun 2015

Web alert: New coal quality standards now in force for China

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has enacted a new legislation designed to reduce the level of pollution connected with the importation of coal

8 Jun 2015

Web alert: Shipowners right to limit liability - limits under the 1996 LLMC Protocol to increase by 51% on 8 June 2015

We have previously reported that in 2012 the IMO decided to increase the limits of liability under the 1996 Protocol by 51% and that these increases are due to come into force on 8 June 2015. This was because in recent years the existing limits have been considered inadequate to cover the rising cost of claims especially in relation to pollution and clean-up costs.

8 Jun 2015

Press article: P&I cover offshore - what you need to know

Sarah Wallace, Claims Executive, contributed an article to the Offshore Wind Journal, Q2 2015

5 Jun 2015

Web alert: Mexico's National Hydrocarbons Commission begins the bidding round for shallow waters in the Gulf of Mexico

The Mexican National Hydrocarbons Commission has recently made available the bidding and contract terms for the first 14 oil and gas areas in shallow waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

2 Jun 2015

Web alert: The grounding of MODU Kullak, a reminder to ensure proper towage assessment

The U.S. National Transportation Board (NTSB) in a 14-page report, have concluded that the probable cause of the grounding of the mobile offshore drilling unit Kulluk was Shell’s inadequate assessment of the risk for its planned tow of the Kulluk, resulting in an insufficient tow plan to mitigate the risks during the towage.

29 May 2015

Web alert: In Transit Loss (ITL) clauses: do they apply to ALL cargo shortage claims? It seems not....

The Valle di Cordoba was chartered out on a BVOY3 form, with additional and amended terms. On the 24 December 2010, 15 armed pirates boarded the ship and seized control near Lagos, Nigeria. Under the amended charterparty terms there was an In-Transit Loss Clause (‘ITL’) which read as follows...

28 May 2015

Web alert: Revision of Anchorages, Fairways and Channels in the Port of Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has issued a port marine circular on recent revisions of the anchorages, fairways and channels listed in the port limits.

28 May 2015

Web alert: Multimodal Bills – A reminder

The club has recently seen an increase in shippers converting what are typically ‘port to port’ bills of ladings into ‘door-to-door’, also known as multimodal, or combined transport, bills.

28 May 2015

Press article: Bhandarkar Shipping News article on our Mumbai Seminar, 7 May 2015

'...Standard Club is one of the strongest members of the International Group of P&I Clubs.'

27 May 2015

Web alert: loading of fertiliser at ports in China

The Standard Club would like to draw members' attention to a recent circular concerning problems commonly encountered when loading fertilisers in China.

26 May 2015

Web alert: security situation in Libya – reported air strikes against ships

Members should exercise extreme caution when calling at Libyan ports or trading through Libyan waters.

22 May 2015

Web alert: Anti-suit injunctions – a disappointing decision from the ECJ? Gazprom OAO

For over ten years, it has been accepted that the English courts have restricted powers when it comes to issuing anti-suit injunctions within the EU, seeking to restrain court proceedings before another EU state. However, what about an anti-suit injunction seeking to restrain the breach of an arbitration agreement?

22 May 2015

Press release: The Standard Club delivers stable 2014-15 underwriting performance and steady growth

The result is in line with the club’s strategy of delivering sustainable, good-value cover with excellent financial security and a high quality membership.

21 May 2015

Web alert: environmental provisions adopted during MEPC 68th session (11-15 May 2015)

The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) held its 68th session at IMO Headquarters in London from 11 to 15 May 2015. We set out the decisions made.

21 May 2015

Web alert: refugees and migrants at sea – expenses and other costs covered by the club

The magnitude and urgency of the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Mediterranean is undisputed. The continuous movement of refugees, coupled with the obligation to assist distressed people at sea, has led to many questions concerning the expenses and costs that are covered under a member’s P&I cover.

21 May 2015

Web alert: Asian Gypsy Moths - 2015 recap

Once again it is time for the mariner to consider the Asian Gypsy moth (AGM) in order to avoid any undue complications with the port states which require action to be taken. Whilst the AGM season occurs every year, 2015’s AGM season differs slightly from previous years due to new requirements in North America and a different approach to the problem in Australia.