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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 2019

Date Title

11 Oct 2019

News: Update on Ballast Water Management Systems issued with Type Approval Certificates by USCG

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has recently issued a Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) Type Approval Certificate to Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd.

11 Oct 2019

News: Brazil pollution incident

We have been advised that the Brazilian authorities are approaching vessels offshore Brazil in order to identify the origin of crude oil which has affected 132 beaches on the North East coast of Brazil.

11 Oct 2019

News: Ecuador civil unrest

We have been informed by our correspondent in Ecuador that despite the civil disorder and internal road disruption, the terminal and ports are operating normally.

9 Oct 2019

News: 'Dangerous Ladders' Promotional Film

The #DangerousLadders campaign is a global initiative to improve the safety of pilot transfer arrangements and in particular the safe rigging of pilot ladders.

9 Oct 2019

News: Proposed termination of US coast guard medium frequency broadcast of NAVTEX

The National Weather Service Public Information Statement is notifying users of the opportunity to submit comments on the proposed termination of US coast guard medium frequency broadcast of NAVTEX and shift to satellite.

8 Oct 2019

News: Legislative developments in Egypt

In an attempt to speed up the litigation process for certain commercial disputes, Egypt has assigned Maritime Claims to the Economic Courts.

8 Oct 2019

News: Anthropogenic sound - practical considerations

In a previous Standard Club article we introduced the issue of anthropogenic sound. This form of noise pollution, for which shipping is the principal source, has profound effects on the ability of marine wildlife to migrate, mate and feed.

7 Oct 2019

Press Article: The impact of sanctions on the maritime world

In the past two years, the use of international economic sanctions has returned to the forefront of international relations and global geopolitical landscape. Driving this trend has been the United States’ (US) return to an aggressive foreign policy during the Presidency of Donald Trump. This has involved the re-imposition of sanctions previously lifted in countries such as Iran, Myanmar and Cambodia, and targeting new sanctions at countries deemed hostile to the Trump Administration.

1 Oct 2019

News: Ballast Water Management for Singapore flagged ships

Members with Singapore flagged ships are advised that the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has recently issued shipping circulars related to the commissioning testing of ballast water management systems (BWMS) and the incorporation of contingency measures into ballast water management plans (BWMP).

30 Sep 2019

Press Article: Eleni Antoniadou on her UN mandate

Greek news outlet Ethnos spoke to Eleni Antoniadou, Offshore Claims Executive, about her career prior to joining The Standard Club, including working for the UN.

26 Sep 2019

News: BIMCO publishes first Offshore Decommissioning Contract

BIMCO has published the new DISMANTLECON contract which is the first international standard contract designed for the dismantling and removal of offshore structures in the energy sector.

24 Sep 2019

News: Ballast water management (update)

As highlighted previously in the club’s regulation update, the ballast water management convention (BWMC) entered the second phase of its implementation from 8 September 2019.

20 Sep 2019

News: US 11th Circuit Court Rules on Bystander Emotional Distress Claims

In the United States a shipowner may face emotional distress claims from third parties, passengers or crewmembers who witness traumatic events that occur on or near an associated ship.

19 Sep 2019

News: US OFAC issues further Advisory in respect of Iran sanctions

On 4 September 2019, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued an 'Advisory to the Maritime Petroleum Shipping Community' to alert persons globally to the significant sanctions risks related to shipping petroleum or petroleum products from Iran.

18 Sep 2019

News: Armed security to be provided for vessels anchoring at Douala, Cameroon

Our correspondent BUDD Group reports that each vessel calling at anchorage at Base Buoy (B9) at Douala Port, Cameroon will now be provided with an armed security team for their protection.

13 Sep 2019

News: Guidance on abduction of crew in the Sulu Seas and waters off Eastern Sabeh

ReCAAP ISC have published guidance in light of the cluster of incidents spanning from 2016.

13 Sep 2019

News: The Mediterranean ECA

The Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean was adopted with the aim of reducing pollution and protecting the marine environment in the Mediterranean Sea. The convention now has 22 contracting parties, all of whom have committed to take measures to assess and reduce pollution from ships travelling through the area.

12 Sep 2019

News: Rebecca Hamra to head up New York office

The Standard Club has announced the appointment of Rebecca Hamra as President and Regional Claims Director of Charles Taylor P&I Management (Americas), Inc., the representative office for the Standard Club in the Americas.