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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

12 Oct 2017

Standard Bulletin, October 2017

This bulletin reviews how the club has been delivering on its strategic objectives during the first half of the 2017/18 policy year and how it plans to continue doing so.

10 Oct 2017

Web Alert: USA revokes sanctions against Sudan

As a result of the revocation of these provisions, US persons will no longer be prohibited from engaging in transactions that were previously prohibited under the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R part 538 (SSR).

3 Oct 2017

Press Article: Avoiding environmental liability in the hurricane season

Leanne O'Loughlin explains the tests that need to be passed to rely on an 'Act of God' defence, in an article in Insurance Day.

2 Oct 2017

Web Alert: Australia - detention and ban on vessel for non-payment of crew wages

Members are reminded to ensure that their vessels’ operations and maintenance comply with the prescribed mechanical and safety standards and that their crew are treated fairly and in accordance with the MLC.

29 Sep 2017

Web Alert: Analysis of Black Sea GPS spoofing incidents reveals patterns

Spoofing is a process whereby a GPS is made to display false information deliberately without the knowledge of the user. Subtle changes in GPS position over time may catch an unwary navigator off guard, particularly if the navigator is relying too heavily on GPS for navigation.

29 Sep 2017

Web Alert: US expands sanctions against North Korea

New sanctions have been imposed by the US against North Korea in response to their recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

28 Sep 2017

Web Alert: IMO issues new guidance for bauxite cargoes

IMO’s Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers, at its fourth session (11 to 15 September 2017), considered new GBWG recommendations and finalised three draft amendments for submission to the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC)

22 Sep 2017

Web Alert: Master describes response to GPS denial incident in the Black Sea

This article gives guidance on how to manage a failure of GPS to avoid an incident.

14 Sep 2017

Web Alert: Hurricane Irma – issues arising under contracts of carriage

The disruption to cargo vessels recently caused by Hurricane Irma has raised a number of legal issues.

8 Sep 2017

Web Alert: US Coastguard sets port conditions in anticipation of the Hurricane Irma

These ports and facilities are currently open to all commercial traffic and all transfer operations may continue while X-ray or Whiskey remain in effect.

7 Sep 2017

Web Alert: Guidance on maritime security transit corridor

Combined Maritime Forces has issued guidance regarding transits in the Gulf of Aden and other recommended transits in the Red Sea/Indian Ocean following the recent piracy attacks in this region.

7 Sep 2017

Web Alert: Hurricane Harvey - update on affected ports

This update details the ports and waterways that are open for day and night transit (with some restrictions).

7 Sep 2017

Web Alert: New guide published to increase awareness of the human element in safety-critical environments

The Standard Club is proud to be a continued supporter of the Human Element book.

6 Sep 2017

Web Alert: Early implementation of low sulphur fuel oil requirements for ships in ALL ports within Yangtze River Delta ECA

Members are recommended to ensure that their ships due for calling at any port within the Yangtze River Delta ECA must comply with relevant requirements and regulations.

6 Sep 2017

Web Alert: California biofouling regulations (effective from 1 October 2017)

Members with ships calling at Californian ports are advised of the new biofouling regulations and reporting requirements which will be in effect for vessels of 300gt or more.

1 Sep 2017

Web Alert: Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks – update on Singapore

The Nairobi Convention will enter into force for Singapore on 8 September 2017.

24 Aug 2017

Web Alert: Riyadh MOU PSC CIC on crew familiarisation for enclosed space entry

The CIC will run from 1 September 2017 to 30 November 2017

24 Aug 2017

Charterers' Bulletin, August 2017

The Standard Club has a long history of providing cover to some of the largest charterers in the world as well as to smaller traders and operators, including members supplementing their owned fleet with chartered vessels. This bulletin is a collection of articles of interest to those charterers. 

16 Aug 2017

Web Alert: Paris MoU publishes results of CIC on enclosed space entry

The CIC focussed on compliance with the requirement to put effective procedures and measures in place to safeguard the seafarers on inspected ships

14 Aug 2017

Web Alert: UN expands sanctions against North Korea

On 5 August 2017, the United Nations Security Council unanimously voted to impose new sanctions against North Korea, following the recent ballistic missile tests carried out by the state.