The Loss Prevention (LP) department continuously monitors developments which affect the shipping industry and the club’s members. Best guidance practices are distributed through the club’s Standard Safety and LP publications. It is the main means for the LP team to get its message to the members and the wider industry as a whole.
In this section you can view and download LP publications. To search previous years, please use the quick links on the right.
Standard Safety: Seafarer Wellbeing, October 2018
Over the last couple of years, the club has been working on a variety of projects related to seafarer wellbeing, culminating in this special edition.
Seafarer wellbeing is a holistic concept combining physical, mental and social wellbeing, and our mix of articles reflects this.
Standard Safety, July 2018
It has been over 30 years since the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster. In that time, many of the safety issues faced on board ships have remained constant, some have improved, and some new risks have emerged. In this edition of Standard Safety we reflect on certain pressing issues faced by members of the club, reflecting the emerging risks or demonstrating a new way to tackle an old problem.
Standard Safety, better box booking, March 2018
This edition of Standard Safety approaches the well publicised issue of misdeclared container cargo incidents from a new perspective. The Standard Club’s analysis of past misdeclared dangerous cargo incidents shows that the container booking process needs to be reviewed and tightened. This guide sets out the findings from our analysis and what measures ship operators can put in place to safeguard their ships, reputation and crew.
Industry Expertise Handouts
In this section you can view and download Industry Expertise handouts which are educational articles produced by the Loss Prevention team.
Importance of navigational risk reviews, May 2020
Over the last ten years, there has been a general increase in the number of claims that relate to the broad description of navigational incidents. These include groundings, collisions and contacts with fixed and floating objects (FFO). We believe that significant numbers of major, headline-generating navigational incidents can be prevented by effective navigational risk reviews (audits) which assess how the actual navigation of the ship is conducted. This article discusses the importance of these audits and how this practise should be approached.
Remote pilotage - perspectives and risks to consider, June 2020
The shipping industry has always been characterised by uncertain and volatile markets, stricter regulations and rapid evolution of technology. However, these conditions are fluctuating more aggressively in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are seeing unprecedented impacts on the movement of cargoes, domestically and internationally, as the world adjusts to the new ‘normal’ of port delays, restrictions on ship movements and, in some cases, the reduced availability of support personnel to assist the vessels’ movements. In this article, Captain John Dolan acknowledges the risk factors that should be carefully considered before the practise of remote pilotage is undertaken, and shares club concerns and recommendations.
Tankers to the rescue again: a solution to storage woes, June 2020
The oil industry has been through several cycles since weathering the price collapse of 2014. In 2020, the industry has been hit with two new phenomena almost simultaneously: oversupply (caused by the failure of negotiations between Saudi Arabia and Russia to agree on production cuts) and a demand shock (reflecting the economic impact of the Covid-19 lockdown).
This current crisis in oil prices coupled with the fall in demand has pushed several oil producers, traders and consumers to stock up, leading to a shortage in storage space for oil, not just crude but even clean products such as aviation fuel and gasoline.
Using tankers for the storage of oil in the current climate is one solution, and the club is seeing an increasing number of inquiries where members, both charterers and owners, are seeking guidance for such operations. This article is based on the club’s experience, highlighting a number of lessons learnt from previous claims, and offering practical and operational considerations to assist our members in their planning for using tankers for storage.