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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 2019

Date Title

18 Jan 2019

Web Alert: Liability in ship collision appeal - Evergreen Marine (UK) Limited v Nautical Challenge Limited

In this case, the first instance decision of Teare J was upheld on appeal following a collision that occurred in the narrow channel leading to the entrance of the port of Jebel Ali. It was the first appeal on liability in a collision case to reach the Court of Appeal since 2004. The findings of the Court of Appeal will be of assistance to members in avoiding confusion regarding the application of the Collison Regulations (COLREGs).

17 Jan 2019

Web Alert: Update on Marine Pollution Fines in Turkey

Further to the club’s web alert back in January 2017, Members are advised that Turkish pollution fine rates have been updated and radically increased since 2017.

16 Jan 2019

Article: Letters of Indemnity (LOIs) and recent English court decisions

This article outlines the use of letters of indemnity (LOIs) and the impact on members’ P&I cover, discusses some recent English law court decisions concerning the enforcement of LOIs and offers recommendations to members when negotiating, issuing, and using LOIs.

16 Jan 2019

Web Alert: Chinese Regulation on Data Collection for Energy Consumption of Ships

Members are advised that a new regulation on data collection for energy consumption of ships has been enacted by the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) which came into force on 1 January 2019.

16 Jan 2019

Web Alert: China ECAs & emission control requirements from 1 January 2019

The Ministry of Transport of China (MOT) has issued notice (no. [2018] 168) informing on the latest emission control requirements and expanded geographical scope of Chinese emissions control areas (ECAs) which are in effect from 1 January 2019

15 Jan 2019

Web Alert: The Guidelines on Cyber Security onboard ships

BIMCO, CLIA, ICS, INTERCARGO, INTERMANAGER, INTERTANKO, IUMI, OCIMF and WORLD SHIPPING COUNCIL have produced the 2018 (Ver 3) Guidelines on Cyber Security onboard ships which are attached for members' reference.

14 Jan 2019

Article: Piracy in Southeast Asia

Piracy is an ongoing issue in Southeast Asia. In this article we present a hypothetical case study from Thailand to illustrate how P&I cover would respond to the different claims arising from a piracy attack.

14 Jan 2019

Web Alert: Industry Guidelines for carriage of DVB in containers published

Joint industry guidelines for the carriage of Divinylbenzene (DVB) in containers have recently been published by CINS, the International Group of P&I Clubs and the TT Club.

11 Jan 2019

Web Alert: IMO's Guidance on Ship Implementation Plan for 2020 Global Sulphur Cap

IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), during its seventy-third session (22-26 October 2018) agreed that Administrations should encourage ships flying their flag to develop implementation plans, outlining how the ship may prepare in order to comply with the required sulphur content limit of 0.5% by 1 January 2020.

10 Jan 2019

Web Alert: OCIMF has published an information paper on 'Transfer of Personnel by Crane Between Vessels'

The use of an onboard crane for personnel transfer has inherent risks. This paper highlights those risks and provides guidance that should be used in the risk assessment process to determine the method of transfer.

9 Jan 2019

Article: The CRMS – New Zealand’s anti-biofouling measure

Approximately 87% of New Zealand’s non-indigenous marine species were introduced through biofouling by international vessels, with substantial negative impact on New Zealand’s economy and environment. However, options for managing biofouling within New Zealand territory are limited. This article discusses options available to ships calling at New Zealand.

9 Jan 2019

Web Alert: PSC Joint Information Campaign on Global 2020 Sulphur Cap Compliance

Members are advised on the recent press release issued by the Paris and Tokyo MOUs announcing the launch of the PSC joint information campaign in order to facilitate smooth and consistent implementation of the global 2020 sulphur cap 2020.

8 Jan 2019

Web Alert: Singapore MPA issues circular on new port limits and amended reporting procedures for vessels manoeuvring in port

Members are requested to take note of these changes and refer to the attached circulars for details.

8 Jan 2019

Web Alert: US Federal Government Shutdown affects processing of USCG COFRs

The Standard Club has received advice from ECM Hudson that, due to the Federal Government shutdown, the Vessel Certification Division of the United States Coastguard is currently closed.