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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

24 Jun 2019

Article: MEPC-74 Outcome - 2020 Sulphur Update

The meeting was significant being the last MEPC session before the global sulphur cap comes into force from 1 January 2020.

19 Jun 2019

Article: Sampling of fuel oil used on board (PSC enforcement criteria)

Regulation 18 of MARPOL Annex VI covers issues relating to fuel quality, sampling, and delivery requirements. While the responsibility to comply with this regulation lies with the fuel oil suppliers, the reality is that the enforcement agencies generally look to ships to verify compliance.

19 Jun 2019

Article: Guidance on contingency measures for addressing non-compliant fuel oil

The sixth session of IMO’s sub-committee on Pollution Prevention & Response (PPR 6), held from 18 to 22 February 2019, agreed on a standard format as an appendix to the draft guidelines on consistent implementation of the 0.50% sulphur limit, which also covers 0.10% fuel non-availability.

17 Jun 2019

Web Alert: Recent incident involving vessels attacked in Gulf of Oman

Explosions have been reported from two tankers in the Gulf of Oman on 13 June 2019. As a result, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) have issued an advisory.

13 Jun 2019

13 June 2019, Standard Club circular - Electronic (Paperless) Trading

Please read attached circulars.

13 Jun 2019

Annual report and financial statements 2019

This document reports on the result for 2018/19 and outlines the progress that has been made on driving forward the strategic objectives of the club.

10 Jun 2019

Web Alert: US threatens imposition of sanctions on countries that buy Iranian oil

A report on the press briefing held on 20 May 2019 by Brian Hook, the US Special Representative for Iran

4 Jun 2019

Web Alert: New cyber security clause from BIMCO now available

In response to recent cyber attack incidents, which have cost a number of major shipping companies millions, BIMCO has developed and drafted a new cyber security clause.

29 May 2019

Web Alert: Port of Cape Town to get helicopter pilot transfer service

Members are informed on the recent announcement by South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) that it has made the decision following a successful trial in October last year of the service to transfer pilots to/from vessels via helicopter.

29 May 2019

Strike Alert: Strike action - South African Ports

South Africa’s transport workers union Satawu threatened a “total shutdown” at major ports across the country from Thursday 30 May.

28 May 2019

Article: English court confirms position on deck cargo exclusion clauses in The Elin[1].

The English court has recently confirmed the position on the carriage of deck cargo and the operation of exclusion clauses in a judgment that is a useful reminder for members both as to the use and effectiveness of such clauses.

28 May 2019

Web Alert: Strike action in Vancouver

With effect from 7 AM on Monday 27 of May members of International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) began “limited and targeted” strike action in the Vancouver area.

28 May 2019

Web Alert: Maritime Casualty and Port Closure in Thailand

A large fire and explosion onboard a container ship led to the closure of three berths at Thailand’s Laem Chabang port on Saturday 25 May.

28 May 2019

Press Article: The perplexities of the IMO’s 2020 global sulphur cap

Eva Kelesidou, Claims Executive, has written an article in Maritime Risk International about the challenges associated with the IMO 2020 sulphur cap

28 May 2019

Web Alert: Increase in PSC detentions due to defective sewage treatment plant

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has issued a circular highlighting increase in Port State Control (PSC) detentions experienced by Singapore ships due to defects relating to the ship’s sewage treatment plant.

22 May 2019

22 May 2019, War Risks Class circular - Additional Premium Areas

Please read attached circulars.

21 May 2019

Web Alert: New US sanctions imposed against Iran’s metals industry

On 8 May 2019 President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) which imposes sanctions in respect of the iron, steel, aluminium, and copper sectors of Iran with the aim of targeting the Iranian government’s development of a nuclear weapon and intercontinental ballistic missiles, by denying them a revenue stream through the export of these products.

16 May 2019

Web Alert: Ukraine adopts new ballast water regulations

For the past several months ships trading in Ukrainian ports have reported being unfairly detained on the basis that they failed ecological inspection.

16 May 2019

Press Article: Banning dangerous cargoes not the solution to stamping out container fires

Yves Vandenborn, director of loss prevention for the Standard Club, explains why he believes that banning dangerous cargoes is not the solution to stopping container fires.