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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 2020

Date Title

17 Feb 2020

News: Coronavirus Update

“It is impossible to predict which direction this epidemic will take” said WHO Director-General about the Coronavirus disease.

17 Feb 2020

News: Novel Coronavirus - Strike and Delay class

Where ships are unavoidably delayed, members who purchase the club’s Strike and Delay insurance are protected against up to 29 different perils.

14 Feb 2020

News: increased pollution fines in Greece

Further to an update from N Goyios – A Nassikas law firm, members are advised that there has been a significant increase in the levels of fines which can be imposed on shipowners in the event of oil pollution in Greece.

14 Feb 2020

News: Contingency planning onboard ships in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The club has prepared advice based on the guidelines issued by WHO and health ministries of various governments, advice can be used as a basic reference for ship owners in preparing and educating the crew about the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

13 Feb 2020

News: Novel Coronavirus update - state-owned shipyards resume work

As of 13 February 2020, the Club understands that state-owned shipyards have resumed work albeit at reduced capacity, although privately owned yards remain closed and it is not clear when they will re-open.

12 Feb 2020

News: Novel coronavirus update

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to rise according to the World Health Organisation.

11 Feb 2020

News: IMO-2020 sulphur cap - issues to consider prior to the implementation of the carriage ban on 1 March 2020

The ban mandates that fuel oil used and carried on board ships must not exceed the 0.50% sulphur limit, unless the ship is provided with ‘equivalent’ compliance mechanism.

11 Feb 2020

News: Novel Coronavirus update - number of confirmed cases passes 42,000

The latest situation dashboard on the WHO website confirms that the number of confirmed cases has crossed 42,900 with 1,018 deaths as of 11 February 0900 UTC. While no new countries have reported any cases, the number of cases is rising steadily in China.

10 Feb 2020

Article: West Africa maritime security update

​​The club has identified a marked increase in incidents of piracy and armed robbery attacks off West Africa during 2019 and early 2020. This included the worrying increase in kidnappings involving tankers often occurring a long way from shore.

7 Feb 2020

Article: Venezuelan maritime authority to require port payments in sanctioned Petro currency

The Petro is a cryptocurrency launched in early 2018 by Maduro’s government in Venezuela. It is ultimately backed by the country’s oil reserves and is thought to have been created, in part, as a means to circumvent existing US sanctions. This article provides more information on the Petro.

7 Feb 2020

Novel coronavirus – number of confirmed cases continues to rise

The latest situation report no 17 issued by WHO on 6 February 2020 states over 28,200 confirmed cases globally with over 3,700 new cases and 73 deaths in the last 24 hours. The latest situation dashboard on the WHO website confirms that the virus has now spread to 24 other nations apart from China.

6 Feb 2020

Article: The threat of Malaria

Nigel Griffiths shares information about the disease, measure of prevention and how it can be treated.

6 Feb 2020

News: New workbook on cyber security onboard ships

BIMCO and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) have issued a new cyber security workbook with a view to support the master and officers on board ships in case of a potential cyber incident.

5 Feb 2020

Press Article: Why P&I insurance is more vital today than ever before

'Despite best efforts, collisions, groundings, pollution and environmental damage, fires and personnel injuries do occur.' Captain John Dolan, Deputy Director of Standard Club discusses the risks and liabilities to which P&I insurers respond.

4 Feb 2020

IG Annual Review 2018/19

The International Group of P&I clubs has published its Annual Review for 2018/19, which covers the activities of the Group and key industry issues.

3 Feb 2020

News: Lost anchor incidents in the Mississippi River

The club has seen a recent surge of incidents involving lost anchors, which are potentially related to high water levels in the Mississippi river.

3 Feb 2020

Press Article: Marine sector should confront the rising cyber threat it faces

The breakneck pace at which the marine industry is digitalising and increasing connectivity means it is critical for the sector to be more open about cyber attacks.

3 Feb 2020

News: Scrubber installation delays in China due to novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak

The club has received some queries from the members concerned to check whether such situation would fall within ‘force majeure’.