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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

15 Apr 2021

News: Standard Club PEME scheme

Read about the club's PEME scheme here.

15 Apr 2021

News: Third version of IG/CINS ‘Guidelines for the Carriage of Seed Cake in Containers’ published

The new guidance replaces and supersedes the previous versions.

8 Apr 2021

News: Handling stowaway incidents

Stowaways cause considerable difficulties for the master and owner if their presence is only detected after leaving the port of embarkation. It is essential to prevent their boarding initially or to find them before a ship leaves port.

8 Apr 2021

News: Seafarer wellbeing

Seafarer wellbeing has been a focal topic for Standard Club's Loss Prevention team in recent years, particularly during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

7 Apr 2021

News: Insecurity in Mozambique

Since 2017 there has been a growing insurgency threat in the northern Cabo Delgado region of Mozambique. In the latest insecurity activity on 24 March this year, dozens of people, including foreign workers, were killed in an attack in the town of Palma.

6 Apr 2021

News: Singapore Crew Change Enhancements and Guidebook

Singapore MPA have named the circumstances they will consider for crew change applications in Singapore.

6 Apr 2021

News: Alaska Alternative Planning Criteria Administrator Merger

Members are advised that the US Coast Guard reports the merger of the Alaska Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) administrators, Alaska Chadux Corporation and Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network (AMPRN), into Alaska Chadux Network.

6 Apr 2021

News: China allows importation of recyclable metals that meet relevant national standards

We refer to the club’s circular on 4 December 2020 concerning the revised People’s Republic of China (PRC) Law on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Wastes with effect from 1 January 2021.

6 Apr 2021

News: Brazil congestion boosts bulk freight rates

We have been informed by our local correspondent that there are currently more than 100 bulkers waiting at major Brazilian ports to load either iron ore or grains. This comprises of about 67 ore carriers at Ponta da Madeira and Itaqui and about 68 bulkers, mostly panamaxes, at Santos.

2 Apr 2021

Press Article: Standard Club expert tackles P&I's $1.8bn pilot problem

John Dolan, Deputy Director of Loss Prevention, is helping protection and indemnity insurers to reduce the mounting cost of pilot-related claims.

1 Apr 2021

News: INTERCARGO urges world leaders to ensure that seafarers are designated as key workers and have access to a prioritised vaccination programme

INTERCARGO has now released a media statement highlighting the difficulties faced by the dry shipping sector in ensuring that the crew are vaccinated.

1 Apr 2021

News: Malaysian Ship Detentions - 'Operation Jangkar Haram' by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency

The club has previously issued news items about liabilities which ships may face while they are waiting for orders off Singapore OPL where it is not always straightforward for masters to identify international waters and those of Malaysia, Singapore or Indonesia in and around the Singaporean and Malacca Straits.

31 Mar 2021

Article: MV EVER GIVEN - Suez Canal Grounding - Member Alert

This Standard Club member alert is intended to give members some topical guidance on some of the many issues that the shipping world faces as a result of the grounding of the MV Ever Given in the Suez Canal on 23 March 2021.

29 Mar 2021

News: Tokyo MOU releases CIC report on Emergency Systems and Procedures

The report states that a total of 216 ships were detained during the campaign, with 55 of these relating to CIC topic.

29 Mar 2021

News: OCIMF updates the Guidelines for Transiting the Turkish Straits

The Turkish Straits present a unique navigational challenge. OCIMF has updated the Guidelines for Transiting the Turkish Straits and provided additional guidance.

29 Mar 2021

News: UN Agencies Call for Seafarer Covid Vaccination Priority

Several UN organisations have issued a joint statement calling for seafarers to be prioritised for Covid-19 vaccinations and emphasizing the critical role they play in worldwide trade.

26 Mar 2021

Article: IMO 2020 and beyond: Review of marine fuels quality

Following implementation of the IMO 2020 global sulphur cap (on 1 January 2020), the club published an article relating to the operational experience on the transition to compliant fuel blends. There have been industry concerns over the uncertainty and potential diversity of the very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) characteristics.