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News items in 2020

Date Title

24 Jan 2020

News: Novel Coronavirus update 2 – situation worsens

Further to the club’s previous update on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the situation has further worsened. WHO has released a statement on the meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak.

24 Jan 2020

News: Reminder of requirements for complying with the California Ocean-Going Vessel Fuel Regulation

CARB has issued Marine Notice 2020-1 to remind vessel owners and operators that the requirements under the OGV Fuel Regulation remain in effect.

23 Jan 2020

News: Update on marine pollution fines in Turkey as of 1 January 2020

The levels of pollution fines being applied by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in Turkey against polluting vessels have again increased significantly, this year by more than 20%.

23 Jan 2020

News: Novel Coronavirus - update

Further to the club’s previous news item on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported an increase in the number of patients infected with the mysterious virus and confirmed cases in Thailand, Japan and Korea.

23 Jan 2020

News: Indonesia - uncertainty over availability of LSFO

There is also some uncertainty over the extent to which the Indonesian authorities will enforce the sulphur regulations.

22 Jan 2020

News: Guidelines for the carriage of seed cake in containers

A joint publication of CINS and the International Group of P&I Clubs sets out practices that are intended to improve safety during the carriage of seed cake.

21 Jan 2020

News: Port security at Douala, Cameroon

The Port of Authority information notice 0346 provides that vessels making anchor at Douala anchorage, Base Buoy (B9), will be provided with armed security for their protection.

21 Jan 2020

News: Prohibition on discharge of wash-water from open-loop scrubbers in Port of Karachi, Pakistan

Members with ships fitted with scrubbers and calling at the Port of Karachi are recommended to take note of the recent circular and comply with local regulations.

21 Jan 2020

News: BIMCO releases new sanctions clauses for time and voyage charter parties

Against a backdrop of geopolitical uncertainty and increasingly complex sanctions regimes, on 19 December 2019 BIMCO published two new sanctions clauses for use in time and voyage charter parties.

21 Jan 2020

Article: Eleventh Circuit decision reaffirms narrow turnover duty of owners

The case discussed in this article is an important decision for members as it establishes the open and obvious defense to the turnover duty.

20 Jan 2020

News: US issues new security advisories to commercial shipping

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) of the United States Department of Transportation ​has issued two new advisories to commercial shipping. These new advisories cancel the earlier advisories issued in 2019.

20 Jan 2020

News: Panama Canal new fresh water surcharge

​The Club's correspondent in Panama has informed us that from 15th February 2020 the Panama Canal Authority has fixed a fresh water surcharge at USD 10,000 applicable to vessels over 38.1mtrs LOA and a variable fee based on the vessel's tolls.

20 Jan 2020

News: USCG revised guidance on the Implementation of MARPOL Annex VI

The guidance outlines how the USCG will enforce MARPOL Annex VI requirements in respect of the sulphur content within the fuel oil that is used or carried for use for all ships within either of the two US Emission Control Areas.

20 Jan 2020

News: Bahrain Marine Notice for use of Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS)

The notice provides information to Bahraini and foreign flagged vessels calling at Bahraini ports or operating in Bahraini waters.

17 Jan 2020

News: Suez Canal Authority clarifies position on open-loop scrubbers

Egypt has not yet ratified MARPOL Annex VI, which means that the new sulphur limits adopted by the IMO are not currently being enforced in Egyptian waters. However, the position with regards to the use of open-loop scrubbers has until recently been unclear.

17 Jan 2020

News: Ship detentions in Indonesia for violating territorial waters

In light of the recent seizure of ships in Indonesian waters, the club would like to remind members of a previous news item regarding ship detentions in the Singapore Strait.

17 Jan 2020

News: Novel Coronavirus – outbreak, after China cases reported in Thailand and Japan

The club is aware of and continues to monitor the ongoing concerns regarding the outbreak of a mysterious novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China.

17 Jan 2020

News: Incident reported near to Port of Aden, Yemen

During the morning of 11 January 2020 a vessel reported a suspicious approach in position 12 05 24 N, 045 24 36 E, approximately 45 nm SSE of Port of Aden, Yemen.

17 Jan 2020

News: UAE instructions to vessels for oil sulphur limit

The UAE Federal Transport Authority (FTA) circular No 11 2019 provides that from 1 January 2020 all UAE flagged and foreign flagged vessels entering UAE waters are to use fuel oil with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.50% m/m.

16 Jan 2020

News: China MSA publishes Guidance for Supervision and Management of Air Emissions from Ships

This provides guidance on the implementation of the IMO 2020 sulphur cap regulation