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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 2016

Date Title

13 Sep 2016

Web Alert: Chinese quarantine measures against Zika virus for vessels coming from Singapore

Members are advised that from 1 September 2016, Singapore has been added into the list of Zika virus affected country list by China quarantine authorities (CIQ)

13 Sep 2016

Web Alert: Egypt decrees a zero percentage tolerance on import of wheat affected by Ergot Fungus

The Ministry of Agriculture and Land Cultivation in Egypt has issued a Ministerial Decree No. 1421 for the year 2016 according to which there is a zero percentage tolerance on wheat affected by Ergot Fungus and it is prohibited to import cargo which is not within the permissible specifications.

9 Sep 2016

Web Alert: IMO Ballast Water Convention to finally come into force

Members are advised that the IMO ballast water convention has finally come into force after Finland deposited its instrument of ratification.

7 Sep 2016

Web Alert: Implementation of ECA measures at Shenzhen port within Pearl River Delta

The local authorities in Shenzhen issued a formal notice on 30 August, 2016 confirming their intention to adopt more stringent requirements on the use of low sulphur content fuel during ships berthing at Shenzhen port with effect from 01 October, 2016.

31 Aug 2016

Web Alert: OW Bunker cases in the US - Three new cases hold that physical suppliers of bunkers arranged through OW Bunker do not have maritime liens against the ships supplied

In our August 2016 Defence Bulletin, we provided an update on OW Bunker cases in the US and noted that decisions were expected in various pending matters.

25 Aug 2016

Web Alert: Follow-up developments on ECA implementation at Shenzhen port within Pearl River Delta

Further to the club’s previous update on the implementation of ECA measures at key ports within the Yangtze River Delta from 1 April 2016, the local authorities in Shenzhen have made a similar decision and intend to adopt the requirement of using low sulphur fuel (not exceeding 0.5%mm) during ships berthing at Shenzhen port from 1 October 2016.

25 Aug 2016

Web Alert: Caribbean MOU PSC CIC on Crew Familiarisation for Enclosed Space Entry

The Caribbean MOU (member countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, the Netherlands Antilles, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago) has announced it will be launching a CIC on crew familiarisation for enclosed space entry, to run from 1st September to 30th November 2016.

22 Aug 2016

Web Alert: Avoidable hazards can put seafarers in danger

This Maritime Feedback video bulletin looks at three reported events where avoidable hazards put seafarers in danger.

22 Aug 2016

Web Alert: Update on current status of Yemen ports and procedures for entering territorial waters

This Web Alert contains infomation about the current status of Yemen ports and procedures for entering territorial waters

18 Aug 2016

Standard Bulletin, August 2016

This bulletin provides a short recap of the most recent board meeting and summarises the key issues to help members remain compliant in low sulphur fuel regimes.

18 Aug 2016

Web Alert: Riyadh MOU PSC CIC on Pilot Transfer Arrangements

Further to club’s previous update on PSC concentrated inspection campaigns, Riyadh MOU (member countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia & UAE) has announced it will be launching a CIC on pilot transfer arrangements, to run from 1st September to 30th November 2016.

9 Aug 2016

Web Alert: Libyan oil ports due to re-open

The Libyan U.N backed Government has signed a deal with the Petroleum Facilities Guard (‘PFG’) to reopen oil ports Ras Lanuf and Es Sider which have been shut down since December 2014.

8 Aug 2016

Web Alert: Australia’s New Ballast Water Management requirements

The Australian government has announced via the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) that from 16 June 2016 new requirements for ships engaged in international voyages will be enacted under the auspices of the ‘Biosecurity Act 2015’.

3 Aug 2016

Web Alert: PSC concentrated inspection campaign in Paris, Tokyo, Indian Ocean and Black Sea MoU's (2016)

Members are advised that the Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has issued a press release confirming that they will be launching a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006.

3 Aug 2016

Defence Bulletin, August 2016

This Special Edition follows on from our bulletin in October and the articles that follow give a flavour of the types of issues and disputes that we have been dealing with over recent months.

2 Aug 2016

Web Alert: ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issues special report on the abducting of crew from ships in waters off Eastern Sabah and Southern Philippines

In the light of three incidents where the crew of tug boats were abducted in the waters off Eastern Sabah and Southern Philippines, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC) published a special report on the ‘Abducting of Crew from Tug Boats in Waters off Eastern Sabah and Southern Philippines’ in April 2016.

2 Aug 2016

2 August 2016, Standard Club Circular - The UK Insurance Act 2015

Please read the attached circular

1 Aug 2016

Web Alert: Are the expenses during negotiation in a piracy case allowable in general average? (part two..)

This follows the decision of The Longchamp [1] in 2014. Following this judgement, some requests were made to re-open earlier adjustments where such costs had been excluded and the same principle was extended in some adjustments to similar expenses incurred while negotiating with salvors.

26 Jul 2016

Press Article: Standard Club keeps faith in mergers

The Standard Club was featured in TradeWinds on 8 July 2016 discussing the potential benefits of consolidation in the P&I market.