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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 2016

Date Title

28 Jan 2016

Web Alert: Supreme Court case in the Philippines highlights the need for rigorous PEME testing

The Supreme Court in the Philippines recently gave a judgment in a case brought by a seafarer, claiming full disability benefits under his POEA contract of employment.

21 Jan 2016

Web alert: should a defaulting party be entitled to an innocent party’s saving, following their breach of contract? – The New Flamenco revisited

This case has been addressed by the club at various stages in its development. Following a Court of Appeal decision, we update on the outcome.

21 Jan 2016

Web alert: Malaysia halts bauxite mining operations

The club understands that Malaysian authorities have temporarily suspended bauxite mining for a period of three months from mid-January 2016.

20 Jan 2016

Web Alert: The “Ocean Virgo” - High Court affirms the principles in respect of performance warranties in charterparties

Speed and performance claims between owners and charterers are commonplace despite many technical advances in shipping. This article uses a case study too explore the issues with pursuing or defending such claims.

20 Jan 2016

Underwriting Methodology Annual Review 2016-17, January 2016

In November 2013, the club published a bulletin outlining its underwriting methodology. The principles remain largely unchanged, but efforts have been made to make cost allocation more accurate and easier to understand.

19 Jan 2016

Web Alert: Iran Sanctions - “Implementation Day” announced which marks the lifting of EU and US sanctions under the JCPOA

On 14 July 14 2015, the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and US), the European Union (EU) and Iran reached a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to ensure that Iran’s nuclear programme will be exclusively peaceful. On 18 October 2015 (known as “Adoption Day”) the legal framework for the lifting of sanctions came into effect, as the JCPOA participants were required to make arrangements to implement their respective commitments to lift sanctions.

19 Jan 2016

Web Alert: Recent case demonstrates the Rotterdam courts ability to deal with local maritime claims swiftly

The M/V Mongolia was chartered on a bareboat charterparty form to the Charterer. The Owner failed to register the bareboat charter on the ship’s registry entry, as a result of which the Charterer was unable to operate the ship as required.

19 Jan 2016

Web Alert: The 'MTM Hong Kong' Damages available for wrongful termination of a voyage charter revisited

The English High Court has recently revisited the general legal principles as to damages, specifically for wrongful termination of a voyage charter by charterers, in MTM Hong Kong[1]

18 Jan 2016

Web Alert: Delivering cargo against a damaged or lost/stolen bill of lading? Some guiding principles

The Standard Club is aware of a number of instances where its members have been asked to deliver cargo against damaged, destroyed or missing bills of lading.

12 Jan 2016

Web Alert: Algerian Banks suspend imports of new vehicles, cement and steel rebar

The club has been updated of recent developments with regard to import restrictions in Algeria imposed by Algerian Banks.

11 Jan 2016

Press article: Multi-pronged approach

David Roberts, Managing Director of Standard Asia, is featured in the January 2016 issue of Asia Insurance Review

8 Jan 2016

Web Alert: UNHRC - Over one million migrants crossed the Mediterranean in 2015

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) recently released a report showing that just over 1 million migrants had reached Europe via a Mediterranean crossing during 2015 whilst up to 3,800 people are feared to have lost their lives in doing so.

7 Jan 2016

Web alert: New cyber security guidelines for the maritime industry

With increasing reliance on computer based systems for navigation / engine management and vessels benefitting from ever greater system integration, it has been recognised that these advancements in technology have also rendered ships vulnerable to the most modern of threats, that of cyber-attack.

7 Jan 2016

Web Alert: New Entry Criteria for vessels calling French ports

The French State has implemented new provisions regarding tax exemptions on commercial vessels of at least 15 meters in length, including yachts. The provisions came into force on the 1st January 2016. These provisions can be found in the Official Bulletin of the Tax-Public Finance of the French Republic (“BOI”).