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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 2017

Date Title

28 Dec 2017

Web Alert: Honduras – Oil Spill Response – new requirements - update

The requirements will now come into force on 15 January 2018 and not on 1 January 2018 as previously notified.

22 Dec 2017

Web Alert: Use of electronic certificates on board Singapore ships

Members are advised that ‘The Maritime Port Authority of Singapore’ (MPA) has released ‘Shipping Circular No. 26 of 2017’ which discusses their intention to transition towards the full implementation of electronic certificates, issued to vessels by the Administration.

22 Dec 2017

Press article: Jeremy Grose discusses the benefits of mutual insurers in an article in Insurance Post

The article, published this week, looks at the growth of mutuals and how they compare to the rest of the market.

22 Dec 2017

Web Alert: US provides guidance on Ukraine/Russia-related sanctions under the CAATSA

Some of these sanctions apply to non-US persons and is therefore likely to impact foreign investment in oil and gas projects.

21 Dec 2017

21 December 2017, Standard Club circular - Rule Changes

Please read attached circular.

18 Dec 2017

Web Alert: Update on President Trump’s refusal to recertify the Iran deal

On 15 October 2017, President Trump refused to recertify that Iran was complying with the ‘Iran deal’ otherwise known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) despite the fact that the International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed that Iran is honouring its commitments under the JCPOA.

15 Dec 2017

Web Alert: Rise in contractor confidence in UKCS

The 27th Oil and Gas survey conducted by Aberdeen& Grampian Chamber of Commerce, Fraser of Allander Institute and KPMG has found that 49% of the contractors surveyed are more optimistic about their activities in the current year and prospects going forward.

11 Dec 2017

Web Alert: Brazilian appeal court recognises Liberian ship mortgage

On 16 November 2017, the Superior Court of Justice (SCJ), Brazil’s highest court (in respect of non-constitutional claims) recognised a Liberian ship mortgage involving an FPSO (i.e. a floating, production, storage and offloading vessel) located offshore Brazil.

11 Dec 2017

Web Alert: Brazil announces new oil & gas bidding rounds

Brazil’s National Energy Policy Council (CNPE) approved the fourth bidding round of the pre-salt area which is planned for 7 June 2018 and the fifteenth bidding round under the concession regime which is scheduled for  29 March 2018

8 Dec 2017

Web Alert: Nortrader explosion safety lessons

The MAIB has released a summary of the findings into two explosions onboard a cargo vessel called Nortrader. The explosions were caused by an accumulation of hydrogen gas emitted by the cargo Nortrader was carrying.

8 Dec 2017

Web Alert: Dakar: reinforcement of customs controls affecting vessels

Members are advised that there has been a reinforcement of the customs control exercised by the local customs authorities in Dakar.

1 Dec 2017

Web Alert: Hainan MSA of the People’s Republic of China issues Ship Pollution Control Implementation Plan

​On 3 November 2017, Hainan MSA issued a Ship Pollution Control Implementation Plan (the Plan). The Plan is intended to monitor the emission of ships’ pollutants during the period from 3 November 2017 to 3 December 2018.

27 Nov 2017

Web Alert: BeCyberAware film shortlisted for the 2018 SMART4SEA Awards

A film sponsored by The Standard Club and produced by Fidra Films has been shortlisted in the 2018 SMART4SEA Awards (Cyber Security category).

27 Nov 2017

Web Alert: Brazilian Customs reintroduce the obligation to produce the original bill of lading for taking delivery

In 2013 the Brazilian Customs authorities authorised terminals to allow delivery of cargo upon the presentation of an Import Declaration, a copy of the Bill of Lading (front and reverse) and proof that they have paid the respective taxes, without the need for the importer/consignee to produce the original Bill of Lading.

17 Nov 2017

Web Alert: Reported incidents during mandatory underwater inspections in Venezuela

The club has been made aware of incidents of corruption relating to the practice of mandatory underwater hull inspections in Venezuelan ports. In the recent past drug smuggling has been accomplished (in Venezuela) by attaching packages of drugs to the hulls of unsuspecting vessels.

16 Nov 2017

Web Alert: Uncertainty in the import of wheat affected by Ergot Fungus in Egypt continues

Pursuant to a recent application by an Egyptian citizen to the Administrative Court alleging danger to the health of the Egyptian people, the issue has once again come back to light.

15 Nov 2017

Web Alert: Outbreak of Pneumonic Plague

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and International Transport Workers Federation have highlighted a recent outbreak of Pneumonic Plague (also referred to as Madagascar Plague) on the island of Madagascar.