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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 2016

Date Title

23 Dec 2016

Web Alert : California - Auxiliary diesel engine enforcement (1 January 2017)

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued an advisory on enforcement of the Airborne Toxic Control Measure for Auxiliary Diesel Engines Operated on Ocean – Going Vessels at Berth in a California Port from 1 January 2017.

23 Dec 2016

Web Alert: Singapore New Bunkering Procedures (1 January 2017)

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) issued a circular earlier this year for the mandatory use of the mass flow metering (MFM) system for marine fuel oil (MFO) deliveries in Singapore with effect from 1 January 2017.

22 Dec 2016

Web Alert: Implementation of the Polar Code and new STCW amendments

In previous web alerts dated 3 March 2015 and 21 May 2015, the club introduced the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (‘Polar Code’) as well as SOLAS amendments which were adopted in November 2014, in addition to environmental provisions and MARPOL amendments which were adopted in May 2015.

22 Dec 2016

Web Alert: Confirmation of club cover for ships in distress

If a ship is in distress and requires a port of refuge, the relevant authorities will want comfort cover in place to respond to potential liabilities that might arise, including pollution and wreck removal.

21 Dec 2016

Press Article: Standard Club keeps focus on loss prevention

The Standard Club's loss prevention department discusses its approach to reducing incidents in TradeWinds

15 Dec 2016

Web Alert: Follow-up implementation of Emission Control Areas in China

Starting from the upcoming 1 January 2017, all key ports within the three ECAs will require ships at berth to use fuel with less than 0.5% sulphur content.

15 Dec 2016

Web Alert: Lloyd’s Open Form - a contract on the rocks?

This web alert is based on comments made by Sam Kendall-Marsden, Head of Division, UK & Americas, during a panel discussion on the Lloyd’s Open Form salvage contract (LOF) at the 19th Annual Salvage & Wreck Conference in London on 7 December 2016.

14 Dec 2016

Web Alert: New Guidance on LPG blending/ commingling from Intertanko

Intertanko has released its Guide to the blending/commingling of LPG cargoes on board Gas Carriers.

14 Dec 2016

Web alert: ReCAAP ISC issues monthly report on piracy in Asia

ReCAAP ISC has published its monthly report on piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia. In November 2016, a total of 10 incidents were reported, of which six were actual incidents while four were attempted incidents.

9 Dec 2016

Web Alert: Increased limits of liability for shipowners in the UK

This web alert reports on how the IMO limits of liability are now in force in the UK.

7 Dec 2016

Latin American Bulletin, December 2016

This bulletin is dedicated to regional integration and cooperation in Latin America. Each of the articles focuses on a different inter-governmental organisation and evaluates its impact on shipowners.

6 Dec 2016

Web Alert: Theft Reported in Northern Chinese Ports

Members are advised that the winter months of December, January and February are the high season for thieves to approach merchant ships anchored outside Tianjin port.

5 Dec 2016

Web Alert: CHIRP - Further advice for seafarers to help avoid incidents

The Standard Club is working with the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP) to promote safety at sea and accident prevention.

1 Dec 2016

Web Alert: ReCAAP issue alert on the increasing cases of abduction of crew from ships

As previously reported by the club here and here, ReCAAP ISC have reported a spate of abductions of crew from ships in waters off Eastern Sabah and Southern Philippines.

30 Nov 2016

Web Alert: Nautical Institute launch Navigation Assessment publication

The Standard Club recently worked with the Nautical Institute (NI) on their new publication ‘Navigation Assessments: A guide to best practice’

23 Nov 2016

Web Alert: Conclusion of The Standard Club/ICS 'Spot the Hazard' competition

The Standard Club would like to announce the final conclusion of its recent joint initiative with The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the 'Spot the Hazard Competition'.

22 Nov 2016

Web Alert: Newly released judicial interpretation on rules relating to vessel arrests in China

The Chinese Supreme People’s Court held a press conference on 8 November 2016 announcing the release of three new judicial interpretations, including one in relation to property preservation in China entitled 'Rules on Issues Relating to Property Preservation Cases Processed by People’s Courts', (the 'Rules') which comes into effect from 1 December 2016.