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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 2021

Date Title

19 Jan 2021

Article: Carriage of seed cake

Despite the recognised risks, there have been incidents in the past, some significant, resulting from seed cake being shipped without full appreciation of the requirements. This handout addresses the safe and correct carriage of seed cake cargo in bulk.

18 Jan 2021

News: Ice Conditions in Northern Chinese Ports

Circular from Oasis P&I.

18 Jan 2021

News: Stricter controls on boarding personnel at the Port of Guangzhou, China

Attached circular from our correspondents in Guangzhou, China.

18 Jan 2021

Article: Container stack collapses – causes and solutions

This article aims to remind ships’ officers and crews of the various factors that can contribute to container stack collapses, and how they can be avoided by taking greater care and attention during loading, securing and passage planning and when underway at sea.

18 Jan 2021

News: An update on customs fines and taxes in Dakar, Senegal

This update discusses the various types of fines that could be levied against a ship.

14 Jan 2021

News: US passes additional legislation targeting the Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream 2 pipeline projects

In December 2019 ​the US enacted Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act (PEESA) as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which mandates the imposition of sanctions against foreign vessels engaged in the Russian Nord Stream 2 (NS2) and TurkStream 2 (TS2) pipeline construction projects.

12 Jan 2021

News: IMO - Designation of seafarers as key workers, Singapore MPA enhances crew change procedure, INTERTANKO updates guidance on crew welfare and mental wellness

In view of the ongoing crew change crisis, due to restrictions imposed by Covid-19 the IMO Secretary-General wishes to draw the attention of Member States to the matter of designation of these professionals as key workers.

12 Jan 2021

Article: UK sanctions after Brexit: what has changed?

A comprehensive range of covers

11 Jan 2021

News: Reminder as to the speed limit in the Parana River

Our listed correspondent in Argentina, Pandi Liquidadores SRL, has alerted us that last week the Argentinian Coast Guard commenced administrative enquiries against various vessels for breaching speed limits, mainly in the Rosario port area of the Parana River where the speed limit is currently 9 knots.

11 Jan 2021

News: Argentina port strike comes to an end with a new deal

We have been informed by our correspondent in Argentina that the workers unions have now lifted their strike and reached an agreement with the government and the private port terminals.

11 Jan 2021

News: Standard Club contributes to Offing Echoes January 2021 issue

The January 2021 edition of Offing Echoes, which features 100 global female maritime professionals, is now available.

8 Jan 2021

News: Update on marine pollution fines in Turkey as of 1 January 2021

Members are advised that the levels of pollution fines being applied by environmental authorities in Turkey have been increased by 9.11%.

8 Jan 2021

News: Saudi Arabia ends blockade of Qatar

The blockade, which restricted port access for ships with a Qatar nexus to and from the quartet of Gulf countries, appears to have been at least partially resolved.

5 Jan 2021

Article: Supreme Court provides clarity on arbitrators’ duty of disclosure and impartiality

The Supreme Court clarifies an arbitrator’s duty of disclosure in circumstances of multiple appointments and overlapping subject matter that could give rise to a possibility of bias. Disclosure is dependent on the facts of the case, the nature of the arbitration, whether a fair-minded and informed observer would infer an apparent bias.

5 Jan 2021

Press Article: Navigational safety: the challenges for improvement – A P&I club’s perspective

In this article, Capt. John Dolan, Deputy Director of Loss Prevention at Standard Club examines why we have navigation-related accidents from a P&I perspective.

1 Jan 2021

Press Article: Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021

Safety4Sea asked Capt Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, to make an assessment of 2020 from his perspective and share his message for the new year across the global community.

1 Jan 2021

Article: Regulation Update 2020/21

This article provides an overview of some of the important international regulations that will enter into force in end-2020 and 2021, including the European Union (EU) requirement in relation to ship recycling.