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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

6 Mar 2015

Web alert: US Coast Guard issues Safety Alert regarding Fuel Oil Changeover Procedures

The US Coast Guard (USCG) issued a Safety Alert on 3 March 2015, regarding ultra-low sulphur (ULS) fuel oil changeover procedures and compliance with MARPOL requirements.

3 Mar 2015

Web alert: trading in Polar waters and the Polar Code

The club appreciates that ship operators trading in the Polar Regions are exposed to a variety of unique risks and also that an environmental balance must be maintained; so a sea voyage in polar areas is a complicated endeavour.

2 Mar 2015

Web alert: General Average - revisiting the York Antwerp Rules 2004, more than a decade on

The latest version of the YAR is 2004, which replaced the 1994 version.

2 Mar 2015

Web alert: The Nicolaos A – the terms in a fixture note will normally take precedence over a pro-forma charter

If a member wishes to have their charterparties and other contracts subject to arbitration in one jurisdiction, but subject to the legal proceedings of another, this can be done but it needs to be made expressly clear in the agreement between the parties

26 Feb 2015

Press release: The Standard Club Asia Ltd launches Singapore’s first War Risks Mutual

This is the first Singapore based national mutual war risks insurance and is fully supported by the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA).

26 Feb 2015

Press release: The Standard Club achieves renewal targets

Club expects record free reserves, with improving claims experience.

24 Feb 2015

Web alert: Australia - MARPOL Annex-V violations and the possible consequences

A clarification on the club's cover and support of its members in the event of a breach of MARPOL Regulations, guidance to members on how to protect themselves from potential violations and what might be considered to be, as a minimum, reasonable measures to prevent such discharges.

23 Feb 2015

Web alert: Magellan Strait Pilotage - is it compulsory and who should pay the fees?

If the owner of a vessel employs pilots when it is recommended but not compulsory, who is responsible for the pilotage fees?

23 Feb 2015

Web alert: update - Uruguay - oil spill response contract requirements

The International Group has been informed that the Uruguayan Coast Guard has decided to suspend the entry into force of the Regulation, pending clarification of certain issues with the OSROs.

19 Feb 2015

Web alert: interpretation of the Regulations annexed to ADN - safe havens

Clarification of the terms “safe area” and “safe haven” on barges that carry dangerous goods.

17 Feb 2015

Web alert: Canadian carrier codes

Members trading in Canada should take note that from 31 March 2015 all qualified carriers must have their own Canadian carrier code in order to continue to do business with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

17 Feb 2015

Web alert: Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks – Update on Antigua and Barbuda (A&B)

The Antigua and Barbuda Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping (ADOMS) has now advised that in relation to the issuance of Nairobi Convention certificates, as an interim measure, ADOMS will respect such certificates issued to A&B flagged ships by another state party prior to 20 February 2015, and this arrangement will continue until 20 February 2016.

17 Feb 2015

Web alert: Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks – The issue of bareboat charterparties

The club has received a number of enquiries from members who have ships registered in one state party but also bareboat-registered in another state party to the Nairobi Convention. The question then becomes, from which registry should the Nairobi Convention certificate be sought?

16 Feb 2015

Web alert: change in Cape Town stowaway regulations

This new interpretation of the regulations concerns the status of ‘unauthorised persons’ found onboard a ship prior to departure.

10 Feb 2015

Web alert: UK Chamber of Shipping Crisis Management Forum

On 5 February 2015, The Standard Club's Sam Kendall-Marsden​ delivered a paper at the UK Chamber of Shipping's Crisis Management Forum.

3 Feb 2015

Standard Bulletin: Post-board Special Edition, February 2015

The club board, and the boards of its principal subsidiaries, met in Dubai on 27 January 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 bulletin special edition.

2 Feb 2015

Web alert: BIMCO is requesting shipping companies participate in its new vetting scheme for dry bulk terminals

Ships leaving dry bulk terminals are being asked to complete a quick survey.