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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 2020

Date Title

23 Sep 2020

News: Singapore MPA announces further enhancements to crew change procedures. ITF, IMEC contribute to the SG-STAR Fund

Singapore MPA has released a new circular (PMC 38) announcing further enhancements to crew change procedures in the port of Singapore.

23 Sep 2020

Press Article: Renewables driving offshore market

Sian Dinnadge, Underwriting Director of Standard Club's Offshore division, reviews offshore wind energy and P&I cover for offshore contractors, in Maritime Risk International.

22 Sep 2020

News: Revised draft reporting requirements in Philadelphia

Members should note the new reporting requirements effective immediately.

22 Sep 2020

News: California Air Resources Board updates 'At Berth' regulation

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved a new regulation to control emissions whilst ships are at berth in some California ports. The rule expands the scope of the existing 'At-Berth' regulation adopted in 2007 which covered container ships, reefers and cruise ships.

21 Sep 2020

News: COVID-19 - the club's offices

An update on the working arrangements for our global offices.

18 Sep 2020

News: UN agencies urge member states to resolve the humanitarian crew change crisis

UN agencies and programmes involved in the maritime sector, human rights, trade, travel and transportation have called on all UN Member States, through a joint statement, to take urgent action to resolve the humanitarian crew change crisis faced by the world's seafarers.

17 Sep 2020

News: New deck fitting requirement for capesize vessels calling at Port Hedland, Australia (as of 1 February 2021)

Members with capesize vessels calling at Port Hedland, Australia are recommended to refer to the attached marine notice issued by the Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA).

16 Sep 2020

Press Article: Navigating stormy waters: Key loss prevention tips

In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA, Capt. Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, provides tips for safe navigation now that the typhoon season is underway and notes that this can cause widespread disruption and delays in the logistical supply chain.

16 Sep 2020

News: Pre-arrival reporting and COVID-19 in Canada

Members should take note of a recent circular from the Chamber of Shipping in Canada.

11 Sep 2020

News: MARPOL violations trigger increased fines in Ghana

Our local correspondents Budd Ghana report that the local authorities are adopting a stricter approach regarding Marpol violations stemming from ships calling Ghana’s ports.

10 Sep 2020

News: COVID-19 US civil trial issues

Members are advised that some states within the US have resumed civil trials following COVID-19 related judicial emergencies.

9 Sep 2020

News: Beirut port update

This update follows our previous news items on Beirut port after the explosion.

9 Sep 2020

News: Sign up to our upcoming webinar 'Standard Club Seafarer Wellbeing Series: A discussion with Stella Maris and Capt. Artur Olbromski - What is the new normal?'

This Friday's webinar will bring together our Director of Loss Prevention with Stella Maris, a spiritual and social welfare support provider for seafarers, and an experienced Captain who will share his experiences at sea during this pandemic.

9 Sep 2020

News: The Sea newspaper - Q3 2020

The 2020 quarter 3 edition of The Sea, which updates seafarers on the latest news and safety information, is now available.

7 Sep 2020

News: COVID-19 – Singapore crew change guidebook (new version 4.0)

The new version 4.0 of the guide now includes an annex with a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to assist the maritime community.

1 Sep 2020

News: ICS issues new protocols to mitigate COVID-19 onboard. Singapore MPA enhances crew change procedure.

Stemming from the recent concerns over COVID-19 infections on board ships, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), along with the International Maritime Health Association (IMHA) and the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO), have issued new protocols to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 cases on board.

1 Sep 2020

News: Our Seafarer Wellbeing poster campaign is nominated for SAFETY4SEA Initiative Award - Voting closes soon!

If you feel that our posters, designed to grace the walls of members' ships, have contributed in fostering a safer and sustainable shipping environment, cast a vote in our favour!

28 Aug 2020

Article: Tackling piracy in Nigeria

The threat of piracy and kidnap has been persistent in the Niger Delta region and wider Gulf of Guinea waters for some time. However, that threat has escalated in recent months.