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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

26 Jul 2016

Press Article: Standard overtakes Britannia on P&I tonnage

TradeWinds reports on The Standard Club overtaking The Britannia Club to become the fourth largest P&I club by tonnage, and the reasons for this increase in market share.

26 Jul 2016

Press Article: Defensive 'Brexit' strategy pays off

Jeremy Grose, Chief Executive, discusses The Standard Club’s ‘Brexit’ strategy following the UK’s referendum on membership of the European Union.

25 Jul 2016

Web Alert: IMB publishes second quarter report on piracy and armed robbery for 2016

The IMB has published its report on piracy and armed robbery for the second quarter of 2016, covering the period from 1 January to 30 June 2016. It is reported that piracy and armed robbery at sea has fallen to its lowest levels since 1995.

22 Jul 2016

Web Alert: The CV Stealth - no permission to appeal an arbitration award despite the parties' agreement to appeal points of law

This was an application for permission to appeal by the charterer of the CV Stealth, from an arbitration award holding they were liable to the owner of the ship for the financial consequences of the ship’s detention at Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela. The judge dismissed the application on the basis that the charterer failed to satisfy the criteria set out in the Arbitration Act 1996.

22 Jul 2016

Web Alert: Security situation in Turkey

Following the recent attempted military coup in Turkey, the situation now appears to be calming.

19 Jul 2016

Web Alert: The CTe cargo trading system in Brazil

The International Group (IG) have recently agreed that the CTe system in Brazil is not an electronic trading system within the definition contained in Appendix V of the Pooling Agreement (PA), and there are no cover implications for members if the system (which is compulsory in Brazil) is used in the future.

12 Jul 2016

Web Alert: The International Salvage Union publishes its 2015 Annual Review

The International Salvage Union (ISU), a trade association for marine salvors, has recently published its 2015 Annual Review. The review highlights that the salvage industry had its second busiest year since 1999 with 212 services being recorded in 2015, although this is down on the previous year’s figure of 249.

8 Jul 2016

Web Alert: UK referendum on EU membership

There remains considerable uncertainty regarding both the nature and length of the exit negotiations and the UK's relationship with the EU following exit.

7 Jul 2016

Web Alert: IMO issues Interim Guidelines on Maritime Cyber Risk Management

​The Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organisation (‘IMO’) recently approved a set of Interim Guidelines on Maritime Cyber Risk Management (the ‘Interim Guidelines’).

7 Jul 2016

7 July 2016, Standard Club Circular - Laid up returns

Please read the attached circular.

6 Jul 2016

Web Alert: New guidance from Intertanko on social media use

This guidance is designed to help seafarers use social media, whilst avoiding its many pitfalls. Specifically it covers the possible ramifications of social media posts which could be detrimental to an employer’s corporate image.

24 Jun 2016

Web Alert: USCG recommendations on LNG bunkering

Following the feasibility study on LNG fuelled domestic vessels operating within the North American and US Caribbean ECAs, the USCG has issued two field notices.

23 Jun 2016

London International Shipping Week 2017

We’re pleased to announce that we’re Platinum sponsors at next year’s London International Shipping week conference, taking place from 11-15 September.

22 Jun 2016

Web Alert: Rights of direct action against P&I clubs – The insurance contract takes priority

On 20 April 2016 the English Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in favour of the respondent P&I Club in The Yusuf Cepnioglu, maintaining an anti-suit injunction that had been granted at first instance.

22 Jun 2016

Web Alert: Recent developments on the Panama Canal Expansion

As previously reported, the inauguration of the Panama Canal Expansion has been scheduled for Sunday 26 June 2016. The Panama Canal announced that the maximum allowable draft for vessels transiting the new locks as of 27 June will be 13.11 m (43.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW).

22 Jun 2016

Web Alert: German Commercial Code - A short advisory note

This short memorandum is intended to provide guidance and raise awareness in respect of P&I club cover for cargo liabilities which would not have arisen 'but for' the cargo having been carried on terms less favourable to those set out in the Hague or Hague-Visby Rules; unless of course additional cover has been specifically agreed with the club or the relevant terms of the contract are of compulsory application by law.

20 Jun 2016

Web Alert: Change in piracy reporting in Gulf of Guinea

Members should be aware that the Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre – Gulf of Guinea (MTISC-GoG) – the centre set up to maintain and share details regarding maritime issues off the west coast of Africa – is set to close at 08:00 GMT on 20 June 2016.

17 Jun 2016

Web Alert: Standard PEME Scheme adds two new clinics to its Philippines network

The Standard Club is delighted to announce the addition of two new clinics to its PEME clinic network located in the Philippines.