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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 2018

Date Title

19 Dec 2018

Web Alert: BIMCO's 2020 Sulphur Clauses for Time Charterparties

The wording of the clauses, as well as the associated guidelines, concerning the switch to fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5% as of 1 January 2020 are available to download from the BIMCO website.

14 Dec 2018

Web Alert: ‘Volcafe v CSAV’ – The Supreme Court overturned the Court of Appeal judgment on the order and burden of proof in cargo claims

On 5 December 2018, the Supreme Court set aside the Court of Appeal’s decision in ‘Volcafe & others v CSAV’ [2016] EWCA Civ 1103 that the burden of proof was on the cargo owner to show negligence on the part of the carrier which would prevent him from relying on defences under Article IV Rule on the Hague Rules.

13 Dec 2018

Web Alert: Athens Convention Time Bar Extended by Supreme Court of Scotland

The Court found that the time bar was validly suspended by the Prescription and Limitation (Scotland) Act 1973 where the claimant was a relative of the deceased and a minor.

12 Dec 2018

Web Alert: Split bills of lading and ship’s delivery orders

The two main ways in which one consignment can be discharged to different receivers - even though originally only one bill of lading was issued - is either for the original bill of lading to be split into several bills of lading or, alternatively, for discharge to take place against a ship’s delivery order.

11 Dec 2018

Web Alert: Straits affected by territorial dispute between Singapore and Malaysia

The Malaysian Attorney General’s Chambers and Marine Department recently altered the port limits for Johor Bahru Port. In response, the Maritime Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore has stated that the purported extension of the Johor Bahru port limits encroaches on Singapore’s territorial waters and the approaches to the Port of Singapore off Tuas (Western Approaches Singapore).

7 Dec 2018

Web Alert: Case Update - P v Q, Q v R, R v S (The Capetan Giorgis) [2018] EWHC 1399 (Comm) - Protecting time in last minute claims

Extending and protecting time in last minute claims. Given the frequent incorporation of short time bar clauses in charter parties, this legal decision provides helpful practical guidance to both club’s owners and charterers members.

6 Dec 2018

Web Alert: AMSA marine notice 04/2018: High Pressure Fire Fighting Systems – Design safeguards against personal injury

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has issued a marine notice to inform industry stakeholders about the dangers of working with high pressure fire-fighting systems and the safeguards that may be implemented.

4 Dec 2018

Press Article: Seafarer mental health - taking a holistic approach

Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, says improving the mental health of seafarers is critical but cannot be done in isolation, in an article for The Maritime Executive.

3 Dec 2018

Web Alert: At sea, always be prepared for the unexpected

The last CHIRP video of 2018 is hosted at the National Maritime Operations Centre near Fareham, from where coastguard operations all around the UK are coordinated. The staff at the centre have first-hand experience of incidents occurring at sea due to complacency and an unpreparedness for the unexpected.

30 Nov 2018

Press Article: New maritime environmental regulations will stretch limits of P&I cover

Akshat Arora, Senior Surveyor, discusses the impact of the 2020 global sulphur cap in an article published in Insurance Day

30 Nov 2018

Web Alert: Prohibition of open-loop scrubber wash-water discharge in port of Singapore

The requirement takes immediate effect, however, IMO’s Global Sulphur cap will come into force from 1 January 2020, so ships can continue to use fuel (with sulphur content not exceeding 3.5%) without using scrubbers until 2020.

29 Nov 2018

Web Alert: Martial Law imposed in parts of Ukraine

Our correspondent has reported that there are no serious restrictions on the operation of state services or bodies as a result of Martial Law being imposed.

29 Nov 2018

Web Alert: Important change to the distribution of Rule Books for 2019/20

Information about how to request pdf and hard copies of the rule books.

26 Nov 2018

Press Article: Personal technology aboard ships - a risk to seafarers' health?

Richard Stevens, Divisional Claims Director, discusses the risks posed by seafarer access to improved communications in the November edition of Maritime Risk International.

26 Nov 2018

Web Alert: Defendants successfully strike out maritime hearing loss personal injury claim

Defendants pleaded that the claim should have been started in the Admiralty Court pursuant to s.20(2) of the Senior Courts Act 1981, and that Part 61.2 of the Civil Procedure Rules applied.

21 Nov 2018

Press Article: Changing Man

The evolution of the maritime sector means The Standard Club is always ready to grow and adapt, as CEO Jeremy Grose explains to Luke Holloway in the October/November edition of The Journal

14 Nov 2018

Web Alert: Intermanager's safety campaign for enclosed space entry

A new bottom-up campaign that encourages seafarers to think about safety issues when working in enclosed spaces and to identify measures which would reduce risks and save lives.