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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

20 May 2015

Standard Bulletin, Post-board Special Edition, May 2015

The club board, and the boards of its principal subsidiaries, met in Copenhagen on 12 May 2015. The club’s class General Meetings were held on the same day. On the previous day, meetings of the board’s three committees – Nomination and Governance, Strategy, and Audit and Risk – took place. We report on these in this special edition of the Standard Bulletin.

19 May 2015

Web alert: Customs fines in Senegal - A cautionary note

This web alert addresses the current trend being observed in Senegalese ports, particularly Dakar, of the local customs authorities carrying out thorough investigations on board and imposing high fines on ships.

19 May 2015

Web alert: Two-stage test to be applied to applications for extensions of time, for commencement of a collision claim

The recent decision in the case of CDE S.A. v Sure Wind Marine Limited EWHC 720 (SB Seaguard c/w Odyssée) has confirmed the test to be applied to applications for an extension of time pursuant to s.190(5) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.

14 May 2015

Web alert: The Standard Club and ICS launch new hazard awareness competition for seafarers

In an initiative to raise awareness of potential hazards at sea, The Standard Club and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) have joined forces to launch a ‘Spot the Hazard’ competition open to any seafarer worldwide.

14 May 2015

Web alert: rescuing refugees and migrants at sea

According to the UN High Commission for Refugees, over 13,500 people were rescued between the period of 10 April to 17 April 2015 and up to 1600 migrants are feared dead this year alone.

12 May 2015

Web alert: China SPRO Update - Qianhe

The club is aware that certain investigations are taking place into Qianhe, one of the largest ship pollution response organizations (SPROs) in China. The investigation is being led by the customs authority in China.

5 May 2015

Web alert: Anti-suit injunctions – are they still a useful remedy in the UK?

The answer, in a nutshell, is yes - very much so. This article explores the topic in more detail.

30 Apr 2015

Web alert: Standard Service Contract for Liner Trade – SERVICECON

The SERVICECON is a new standard contract which has been launched by BIMCO and the Global Shippers’ Forum.

24 Apr 2015

Web alert: Court of Appeal authoritatively confirms fraudulent devices rule

In this recent judgement of great significance to insurers in all classes of business, the Court of Appeal upheld that an assured who employs a ‘fraudulent device’ forfeits its claim, despite the fact that the claim would otherwise have been valid and recoverable.

22 Apr 2015

Web alert: changes to the approval system of Ship Pollution Response Operators (SPROs) in People’s Republic of China

On 18 March 2015, the Ministry of Transport of People’s Republic of China issued a formal notice announcing its intention to cancel Qualification Assessment and Certification of Ship Pollution Response Operators

22 Apr 2015

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

In the first three months of 2015, there were 54 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships, an increase from 49 in the same period of 2014.

20 Apr 2015

Web alert: security situation in Yemen - update

As of 11 April 2015, the Yemeni Foreign Ministry has stated that navigation in Yemen’s territorial waters is prohibited.

20 Apr 2015

Press article: Singapore War Risks Mutual takes off

David Roberts, Standard Asia managing director, discusses Singapore War Risks Mutual in the latest edition of Tradewinds

17 Apr 2015

Web alert: new requirements for club LoUs in Mexico

A new requirement under the Mexican Navigation Law establishes that club letters of undertaking (LoUs) will only be accepted in Mexico when that club has been officially recognised by the Maritime Authority.

16 Apr 2015

Web alert: difficulties in obtaining Port Yuzhny surveying services

Members are advised that a number of practical problems have arisen for independent surveyors attempting to operate at the port of Yuzhny

15 Apr 2015

Press article: P&I issues on wreck removal

Constantino Salivaras, Manager, contributed an article to LaAm Insurance Review

14 Apr 2015

Press article: Wreck removal and the Nairobi Convention

Sam Kendall-Marsden, Syndicate Director, contributed an article to the March/April edition of International Tug & OSV

13 Apr 2015

RHL Maritime Law & Marine Insurance Claims Course 2015

Richards Hogg Lindley's annual course on maritime law and marine insurance claims is taking place on 14-18 September 2015 at Pewterers' Hall.

10 Apr 2015

Standard Safety Special Edition: ECDIS assisted grounding, April 2015

With ECDIS units being installed on increasing numbers of ships worldwide, The Standard Club is concerned about the proper implementation of this new technology.