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News items in 2019

Date Title

3 Dec 2019

Article: Preparations intensify as IMO 2020 global sulphur cap looms

With less than a month to go for the impending IMO 2020 global sulphur cap, the club has started witnessing dispute cases relating to the measurement of sulphur content in the fuel.

3 Dec 2019

News: General strike in France on 5 December 2019

Ahead of potentially significant disruption across France in the coming days, the club's correspondents in Marseilles-Fos have issued advice.

27 Nov 2019

News: Changes to California's ballast water regulations

Ballast water, while necessary for the safe and efficient operation of commercial ocean-going ships, can also create serious environmental complications if not handled correctly. Studies suggest that in the US alone, the introduction of invasive mollusks (transported in water loaded at one port, which is then discharged at another) into local ecosystems costs more than USD 6 billion per year.

27 Nov 2019

News: Malaysia bans open-loop scrubbers

Malaysia has become the latest country to ban the use of open-loop scrubbers in its waters (12 nautical miles from land).

26 Nov 2019

News: Risk‐based stowage of dangerous goods on containerships

The Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) organisation has produced new industry safety guidance for the stowage of dangerous goods on board containerships.

26 Nov 2019

News: Focusing on Seafarer Wellbeing - Healthy diet and lifestyle

The first topic we focus on as part of our exciting new poster campaign is the healthy diet and lifestyle element of physical wellbeing. Your health is in your hands, is is a personal choice to live a healthy lifestyle and take responsbility for your diet.

26 Nov 2019

Important change to the distribution of Rule Books for 2020/21

The Rule Books for 2020/21 will be published on the club website in February 2020. These will correspond to the eight covers offered by The Standard Club

20 Nov 2019

News: Seafarer Wellbeing Poster Campaign

Seafarer wellbeing has been a focal topic for Standard Club's Loss Prevention team, particularly in recent years. The club’s latest attempt to reach out to seafarers directly has seen the launch of an exciting new campaign based around a series of posters.

20 Nov 2019

Publication: A guide to key offshore jurisdictions

A new guide in which we consider how the law in a particular jurisdiction may impact the enforceability of key contractual provisions, updated for 2019.

11 Nov 2019

News: China MSA Notice on the implementation of 2020 Global Sulphur Limit

In order to effectively implement the IMO's 2020 global sulphur limit, China Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) has issued a notice

5 Nov 2019

News: Piracy attacks off West Africa

The club is aware of several recent piracy incidents in the Gulf of Guinea with incidents being reported off the coasts of Benin and Togo in the past few days.

1 Nov 2019

1 November 2019, Standard Club circular – Notice of meeting

Please read attached circular.

29 Oct 2019

News: US lifts sanctions against Turkey

On 14 October 2019 the US administration imposed sanctions against Turkey under Executive Order 13894, designating the Government of Turkey's Ministry of Energy & Natural Resources and the Ministry of National Defence together with three individual Ministers, to the US Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) sanctions list.

25 Oct 2019

News: EMSA guidance on the enforcement of EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR)

The application date of the EU’s Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR) was 31 December 2018. From this date, new EU ships must carry a certificate for Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM), while existing EU ships shall carry this certificate from 31 December 2020.

24 Oct 2019

News: Surge in fraudulent registries

In light of a spike in fraudulent vessel registrations, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is seeking to combat rogue national flag registries operating without the knowledge of governments they claim to represent.

22 Oct 2019

News: Ban on single-use plastics in Indian waters

Members with ships trading to and from India are advised to take note of the requirements on 'Prohibition on use of Single Use Plastics' issued by the Directorate General of Shipping, India on 16 October 2019.

22 Oct 2019

Press Article: Preparing for a mega boxship casualty

Sam Kendall-Marsden, Director of Claims, discusses how the vast scale of today's ultra-large container vessels will give rise to some unprecedented challenges in the event of a major casualty.