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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 2015

Date Title

30 Dec 2015

Web alert: Seafarers Protection Act signed into law in Philippines

This Act seeks to address the reality of compensation claims in this jurisdiction.

22 Dec 2015

Standard Bulletin, December 2015

Each of the next seven editions of the Standard Bulletin will centre on one key P&I risk. This first edition will highlight cargo issues.

22 Dec 2015

Web Alert: The UK Department for Transport launches a consultation on the implementation of amendments to the 1996 Protocol.

On 12th April 2012 the IMO agreed to increase the limits of liability set out in the 1996 Protocol to the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims 1976 (“the Protocol”) to reflect changes in monetary value between 1996 and 2012.

18 Dec 2015

18 December 2015, Standard Club Circular - rule amendments

Please read attached circular

17 Dec 2015

Web alert: fire at Mozambique grain terminal

On 13 December 2015, there was a fire and explosion at the STEMA grain terminal in Matola, part of the Maputo port complex in Mozambique.

17 Dec 2015

Web alert: the USCG’s potential regulations for the DP sector

In the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the US administration requested that the US Coast Guard (USCG) form regulations to govern the dynamic positioning (DP) sector.

16 Dec 2015

Web alert: when is a master entitled to refuse damaged cargo? A reminder

A master’s authority to clause bills of lading issued by or on his behalf can sometimes become the cause of disagreement between shippers, charterers and carriers.

16 Dec 2015

Web Alert: Delivery of cargo against one original bill of lading retained on board - A reminder

Members will be aware that traditionally bills of lading are signed and issued in sets of three and presentation of any one original to the master at the discharge port is sufficient for the bill of lading to be 'accomplished'.

15 Dec 2015

Web Alert: implementation of Emission Control Areas in China

The Ministry of Transport of China has issued regulations designating three emission control areas (ECAs) in its territorial waters.

11 Dec 2015

Web alert: reduction in High Risk Area for piracy now in force - maritime security chart Q6099 updated

As of 1 December 2015, the reduction to the High Risk Area ('HRA') as defined in Best Management Practices 4, has taken effect.

10 Dec 2015

Web alert: SOLAS amendments - container weight verification

Members are advised that amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) will change the responsibilities of a shipper wishing to transport a container by sea.

8 Dec 2015

Latin American Bulletin, December 2015

In this third Latin American special edition of The Standard Bulletin, we wanted to focus on a common theme that we believe is affecting many countries in the region: shipping legal updates and reforms.

4 Dec 2015

Web alert: Australia increases penalties again for oil pollution fines

New legislative amendments have again increased the penalty units which apply to fines for a range of Commonwealth maritime offences.

1 Dec 2015

Press article: The explosive risks of mis-declared cargo

Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, and Enam Hussain, Head of Division, were invited to comment for an article in Post.

30 Nov 2015

Web Alet: implications of the disposal of waste in Bohai Bay, China

It has come to the attention of The Standard Club that there has been an increase in the number of vessels subjected to fines by local 'Maritime Safety Administration' (MSA) authorities. These fines are ostensibly levied for the alleged discharge of sewage/garbage in Bohai Bay, China.

26 Nov 2015

Web alert: New BIMCO Anti-Corruption Clause for Charterparties

BIMCO has recently launched a new clause which aims to provide owners with a degree of protection in the event that the master of a vessel is put under such pressure to provide an unwarranted gift or payment that he has no realistic alternative to complying, notwithstanding that such gift or payment may contravene applicable laws such as the UK Bribery Act.