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Malaviya Seven: At what price freedom?

Twelve Indian seafarers are closer to going home after a Scottish court has agreed to the sale of the Malaviya Seven, an India-owned and -flagged platform support vessel that has been detained in Aberdeen since June 2016. The hearing, held on Thursday 10th August, is a step in the right direction for the vessel’s Indian crew, some of whom have been onboard the ship for 16 months. But the ordeal is not over yet. A total of 24 seafarers, including some who have already been repatriated, are owed over $867,000 ...

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Venezuela – US Sanctions

The Club has received a number of recent enquiries regarding sanctions against Venezuela, especially in light of President Trump’s decision to impose personal sanctions on President Maduro. We therefore take this opportunity to set out the current US sanctions regime against Venezuela (there are currently no equivalent sanctions imposed by the EU), based on advice from the Club’s US attorneys Freehill Hogan & Mahar. There are no cargo-specific sanctions. However, Executive Order 13692 of March 8, 2015 (“the E.O.”) cited the Venezuelan government for a variety of abuses and ordered ...

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Dawn Robinson appointed Global Director of People at North P&I Club

North P&I Club has appointed a new Global Director of People as part of a company-wide focus on driving forward leadership and development. Dawn Robinson has joined the global marine insurer following three years in a global role at Nomad Digital and previous appointments with Sage PLC, as well as Finland-based Outotec. Ms Robinson brings with her a wealth of experience in change management, leadership and development, operations and employee relations. Working with the senior operations team, she will initially focus on delivering a leadership and development programme for North’s ...

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Web Alert: UN expands sanctions against North Korea

On 5 August 2017, the United Nations Security Council unanimously voted to impose new sanctions against North Korea, following the recent ballistic missile tests carried out by the state. Resolution 2371 (2017) further expands the sanctions against North Korea, targeting key aspects of their economy. It: prohibits North Korea from exporting coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood. Foreign parties may still perform existing contracts for up to 30 days but they must notify the UN committee monitoring the implementation of sanctions against North Korea designates vessels engaging ...

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Onboard Repairs – Compliance with Class and Statutory Requirements – A P&I Perspective

Recently an entered vessel carried out repairs to a part of the vessel’s structure that fell within the ambit of Class. However, Class had not been notified of the original damage nor of the planned repairs. The repairs were carried out without Class in attendance. Moreover, the quality of repair was substandard and was causative of subsequent damage to the vessel’s cargo. The cargo claim was substantial. There was also a question whether the P&I cover had been prejudiced on the basis of a breach of Classification Society rules. This ...

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Guidelines on carrying cargo in non-operating reefer containers

The use of reefer containers to carry NOR cargo requires careful evaluation to avoid damage to the NOR cargo from operation of the reefer machinery and costly damage to the reefer container, which could in turn affect future reefer cargoes. When there is insufficient temperature-controlled cargo for a return leg of a voyage, container operators may use reefer containers in a non-operating mode to carry approved dry cargo on the return leg. This type of cargo is known as non-operating reefer (NOR) cargo and is approved for packing into refrigerated ...

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No. 12 2017/2018 – Steel: Loading and Discharge Surveys

Many steel claims arise in respect of damage which may have existed prior to loading, or from seawater ingress due to leaking hatch covers. To minimise the risk of incurring such losses, Members are required, unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Managers, to engage an experienced surveyor at the port of loading (a) to assist Masters in recording the apparent condition of the cargo so that, where appropriate, Mates Receipts and Bills of Lading can be claused correctly, and (b) to verify that the hatch covers and other openings ...

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Difficult conditions at Chittagong anchorage

Gard has been notified of several recent collisions and groundings in the port approaches and anchorages of Chittagong, Bangladesh. The Chittagong Port Authority’s (CPA) outer anchorage is very congested with vessels arriving at the anchorage for lighterage operations before entering the river. Entering the river can in itself be challenging due to strong currents especially during the monsoon season (June to November) when the weather conditions can deteriorate with little or no advance warning. Our , Chittagong, Bangladesh- risk of collision and grounding lists various measures that can be taken ...

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S&P Global ratings affirms Britannia P&I’s ratings at ‘A’ (stable) while enhancing its liquidity rating to ‘exceptional’

S&P Global Ratings, the world’s leading independent credit ratings provider, has affirmed its ‘A’ long-term financial strength (‘AAA’ capital) and counterparty credit ratings on the Britannia P&I Club. It added that the outlook remains stable based on the expectation that Britannia’s capital adequacy will remain at a level consistent with S&P’s ‘AAA’ benchmark. The Club’s stronger balance sheet also led it to revise its assessment of Britannia’s liquidity from “strong” to “exceptional”. In a statement the credit agency said that strong earnings in February 2017 improved Britannia’s balance sheet liquidity ...

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No. 13 2017/2018 – Dangers of Carrying Nickel Ore from Indonesia and the Philippines – Mandatory Notification Requirements (re-issued)

Background This Notice should be read in conjunction with the attached  International Group summary relating to the safe carriage of nickel ore cargoes which also forms part of this Notice. The liquefaction of such cargoes has resulted in the sinking of a number of ships with a loss of many lives in the last 18 months. Nickel ore is a cargo which may liquefy if the moisture content of the material exceeds its Transportable Moisture Limit (TML). Cargo liquefaction may lead to a loss of stability, to the extent that ...

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UKMTO Guidance on Transits through the Bab El Mandeb & Associated Waters

The Club has received the below guidance from the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations in relation to the escalation of attacks and approaches in and around the Bab El Mandeb Strait The following information from the UK government relates to transits through the Bab El Mandeb (BeM) and associated waters. It replaces previous guidance UKMTO Notice 001 July 2017 (which refers to CMF advice dated 16 July 2017) and UKMTO Notice 002 July 2017. Recent attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab El Mandeb have highlighted ...

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Web Alert: New US sanctions legislation against Iran, Russia and North Korea

On 2 August 2017, President Trump signed the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (the bill), to expand existing sanctions against Iran, Russia and North Korea. Iran The bill imposes sanctions on any person determined to knowingly engage in any act that materially contributes to the Iranian ballistic missile programme or any other programme relating to the delivery of weapons of mass destruction (section 104). Sanctions are also imposed on any person determined to knowingly engage in any act that materially contributes to the supply, sale or transfer to Iran, ...

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Web Alert: Communication is key

The Standard Club is working with the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP) to promote safety at sea and accident prevention. CHIRP receives reports of hazardous incidents which they investigate with the ship’s owner. The case studies and lessons learnt are published in their quarterly bulletin Maritime Feedback in both written and video form. These videos provide excellent material for discussion during a ship’s safety committee meeting. Read more on the first six bulletins in the series . This bulletin focuses on the importance of communication. In the first example, ...

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The overspill limit

The term ‘overspill’ means that a loss has spilled over, or exceeded, the limits of liability available through the General Excess of Loss Reinsurance Programme which protects Mutual Members of the International Group of P&I Clubs. Currently this would be an individual claim which exceeds USD 2.1 Billion. In theory every claim that falls in excess of this figure is due for payment by the Mutual Members of all 13 P&I clubs through an overspill contribution. The mechanism by which funds are collected is known as an overspill call. However, ...

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The importance of the BA Control Board during firefighting exercises

George Devereese, Senior Loss Prevention Executive at UK P&I Club, discusses how this important piece of apparatus is often overlooked and why it is important to have realistic fire training drills: “With only five fires aboard UK flagged vessels over 100 GT in 2015, it is easy to see how training for firefighting can easily become a tick box exercise as the old saying ‘it will never happen to me’ comes into play. “However, the exact opposite should be the case. Due to such rare occurrences of onboard fires, realistic ...

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