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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 2018

Date Title

26 Sep 2018

Press Article: Career Paths - Yves Vandenborn

Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, talks about the fascinating world of loss prevention and his experiences for an article published in Safety4Sea

21 Sep 2018

Web Alert: MCA warns of the hazards of an accidental CO2 release onboard ships

The UK Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) has released ‘Safety Bulletin 12 – Accidental CO2 releases onboard 2 UK Merchant Vessels’, which was issued in September 2018. The bulletin was produced in response to two serious and potentially fatal accidental CO2 releases on UK flagged ships in the last two years.

20 Sep 2018

Technology Bulletin, September 2018

The pace of technological change in the shipping industry has accelerated exponentially in the last two years. This bulletin explores the impact of technological advancements upon both the shipping and insurance industries.

20 Sep 2018

Web Alert: BMP5 and Global Counter Piracy Guidance printed copies out now

Printed copies of BMP5: Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy and Enhance Maritime Security in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea and Global Counter Piracy Guidance for Companies, Masters and Seafarers are available now from Witherby Publishing.

19 Sep 2018

Web Alert: Filipino Supreme Court upholds employer-designated physician exam requirement

The Supreme Court has dismissed a seafarer’s claim for disability benefits under the POEA contract as the seafarer failed to report to the company-designated physician.

17 Sep 2018

Press Article: Finding the key to misdeclared cargoes

Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, argues better box booking is the key to avoiding misdeclared container cargoes, in an article for Maritime Risk International.

13 Sep 2018

Web Alert: Constant vigilance is the key to safe sailing

In its latest video, sponsored by The Standard Club, the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP) investigates three recent reports that highlight hazards onboard ships. In each case, a serious incident was avoided by someone raising the issue and resolving it before it was too late.

12 Sep 2018

Press Article: 20 years of the ISM code

Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, reflects on how the ISM code is doing and what still needs to be done in an article for Safety4Sea Log published in September.

12 Sep 2018

Web Alert: Early implementation of low sulphur fuel oil (0.5%) requirement for ships in Yangtze River Delta ECA (from 1 Oct 2018)

This move comes ahead of the original timeline of Chinese ECA regulation. The implementation in the Pearl River Delta and Bohai Sea Area ECAs remains unchanged.

11 Sep 2018

Web Alert: Case update - The Songa Winds [2018] EWCA Civ 1901- The interrelationship between letters of indemnity and charterparty 'time bar' provisions

Given the frequent use of LOIs in the shipping industry, this legal decision will likely be of relevance and interest to both the club’s owner and charterer members.

11 Sep 2018

Press Article: New technology, new opportunity

Ursula O'Donnell, Divisional Claims Director, takes a look at floating offshore wind energy and sees new opportunities for marine contractors in September's issue of Maritime Risk International

6 Sep 2018

Web Alert: New Turkish regulations for the Canakkale and Istanbul Straits

Kuzey Pandi have reported new Turkish Straits Maritime Traffic Regulations.

29 Aug 2018

Web Alert: Brazil, Santos Port Worker’s Strike

Workers at Brazil’s Santos port have said they will take strike action after negotiations between workers’ representatives and the Dock Company over pay and conditions broke up without resolution.

22 Aug 2018

Web Alert: Off-specification bunkers, Houston area

The issues with contaminated bunker supplies in the Houston area earlier this year continue and have begun to spread worldwide.

21 Aug 2018

Web Alert: Scotland's Decommissioning Challenge Fund

The Scottish Government has recently announced its intention to match the £5m successfully awarded last year and to increase it if demand is demonstrated, to enable Scotland to become a world leader in decommissioning.

14 Aug 2018

Web Alert: Fishery farm claims in China

The club recommends its members to share this information with their ships calling Chinese ports or trading in Chinese waters in order to minimize the risk of breaking into fishery farms.

13 Aug 2018

Web Alert: Marine polluters in Australia – beware of hefty fines

The recent rise of the penalty unit has increased the maximum fine for a spill in Commonwealth waters to $4.2m for a master and $21m for a corporate owner or charterer.

10 Aug 2018

Web Alert: One time port waivers for VRPs and NTVRPs in the US

The club has been made aware of a delay of three to four weeks to process vessel additions to an approved vessel response plan (VRP) or non-tank vessel response plan (NTVRP).

10 Aug 2018

Web Alert: Questionnaire for the PSC CIC on MARPOL Annex VI

The intention of this campaign is to establish the level of compliance with the requirements of MARPOL Annex VI and to ensure that the ship’s crew are familiar with the operation and maintenance of equipment.

9 Aug 2018

Web Alert: AMSA Marine Notice 2018/3 - Proper stowage of cargo containers

AMSA has advised that additional focus is going to be directed towards stowage and securing arrangements during forthcoming port state control inspections in Australia.