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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

3 Jul 2018

Web Alert: Updates at The Standard Club

The Standard Club has moved office in London and is being re-named.

3 Jul 2018

Web Alert: US re-imposition of sanctions against Iran - revocation of General License H

US OFAC has also issued updated FAQs which were originally issued on 8 May 2018 regarding the US re-imposition of sanctions against Iran.

2 Jul 2018

Web Alert: BMP5 - INTERCARGO announces release and updates to piracy guidance publications

The Loss Prevention department would like to make members of aware of a recent announcement by INTERCARGO and its industry partners.

2 Jul 2018

Standard Safety, July 2018

In this edition of Standard Safety we reflect on certain pressing issues faced by members of the club, reflecting the emerging risks or demonstrating a new way to tackle an old problem.

29 Jun 2018

Web Alert: Personal Injury (e-cigarette battery explosion)

The club was recently notified of a personal injury incident after a crew member suffered severe burns to his right leg when a spare e-cigarette battery carried in his coverall overheated & exploded

28 Jun 2018

Web Alert: The Alhani - English High Court clarifies the applicability of the Hague Rules Time Limit to Misdelivery Claims

In an important judgment issued on 15 June 2018 the English High Court held that a shipowner who misdelivered cargo to a third party without production of the bill of lading can still avail himself of the time bar protection prescribed by Article III Rule 6 of the Hague Rules.

28 Jun 2018

Web Alert: EU extends existing sanctions against Syria for further year

On 28 May 2018, the European Council extended existing sanctions against Syria (under EU Reg. 2018/774) until 1 June 2019, in light of the "ongoing repression of the civilian population''.

27 Jun 2018

Web Alert: ISU statistics indicate that the salvage industry continues to experience weak revenues

The International Salvage Union today published its annual statistics for 2017.

25 Jun 2018

Web Alert: PSC Concentrated Inspection Campaigns for 2018

The Black Sea MoU and the Indian Ocean MoU have confirmed running a similar CIC from 1 September to 30 November 2018 to check ships’ compliance with air pollution prevention requirements and to boost awareness of the 2020 sulphur cap.

19 Jun 2018

Web Alert: Shortlisted for the Safety at Sea awards 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

We are delighted that Eric Murdoch, our recently retired Chief Surveyor, has made the shortlist in the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.

15 Jun 2018

Press Article: Risks and challenges of an emerging market

Sarah Wallace, Claims Director, contributed an article to International Tug & OSV on the risks, typical insurance covers and current challenges of insuring decommissioning operations.

14 Jun 2018

Web Alert: CHIRP - Preventing a collision

The Standard Club has been working with the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme for over two years to promote safety at sea and accident prevention, through the creation of video bulletins highlighting hazardous incidents and giving advice for minimising the risks.

12 Jun 2018

Web Alert: EU takes measures to protect EU companies following the re-imposition of Iranian sanctions by the US

This web alert provides a brief update on the response by the European Union on the re-imposition of secondary sanctions against Iran by the United States and provides comments on the potential implications of this.

8 Jun 2018

US bulletin, June 2018

The Standard Club has long recognised the importance of New York as a global hub. This bulletin looks at some issues specific to our US membership and our non-US members who call at US ports.

7 Jun 2018

Web Alert: UK OGA announces 30th Offshore Licensing Round Awards

​On 23 May 2018 the Oil and Gas Authority announced that 123 licences are being offered for award over 229 blocks or part blocks on the UK Continental Shelf.

1 Jun 2018

Web Alert: Drug case highlights ship detention risk

David Williams, Underwriter at The Strike Club, speaks to Fairplay

31 May 2018

Web Alert: United States Coast Guard issues new circular on dangers of marine bollard failure

The USCG has issued a new circular on the potential dangers and risks to ship owners and operators of marine bollard failure.