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Libya – port situation

The Libyan Ministry of Transport has decided to close Tobruk port with immediate effect, whereas Benghazi’s commercial port officially re-opened on 1 October 2017 after a three-year closure. Port situation On 18 October 2017 Gard’s correspondent Gargoum Legal Marine reported that the Port of Tobruk has been closed with immediate effect for import and export activities following the decision taken by the Libyan Ministry of Transport. Although it appears that the order does not affect oil shipments through Tobruk’s Marsa El Hariga terminal, we advise Members and clients to verify ...

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Britannia P&I Launches New Branding

Britannia P&I today unveiled its new brand identity to reflect its role as a dynamic, market leading P&I Club owned by and operated for the benefit of its Members. The new image visually depicts how Britannia has developed and modified its services to meet the changing demands of its Members in a challenging marketplace, whilst recognising its roots in shipping. The oldest and one of the most respected P&I Clubs, Britannia is also the strongest club in the International Group with a proven record of sound financial management. This was ...

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Hong Kong Government proposes to implement latest IMO limits under the 1996 Protocol

The original limits of the 1996 Protocol to the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims 1976 (the 1996 Protocol) were incorporated into local legislation in Hong Kong on 3 May 2015. In April 2012, parties to the 1996 Protocol negotiated a further increase of approximately 51% in tonnage limits which came into effect from 8 June 2015. In Hong Kong’s case, the amendments did not automatically form part of the local law, and subsidiary legislation was required to increase the limits. On 6 October 2017, legislative amendments to ...

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Cargo Claims For Shortages And Trade Allowance In Morocco, The Situation Up To September 2017

Before 01.11.1992, date of Hamburg Rules entry in application, Moroccan courts admitted the sea carrier’s exoneration from any liability for shortages in bulk cargo not exceeding 2 % of the B/L quantity. Since 01.11.1992, the local courts were refusing this exoneration at the motive that Hamburg Rules do not provide such exoneration. Resisting strongly to this position and after long judicial fight, we obtained: – In 2005, the re-admission of trade allowance in favour of the sea carrier by extension to the sea carriage of a provision applicable in road ...

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China – Mobile Phone Inspection by Authorities

The Managers have been advised of the following incident by the Hong Kong Shipowners Association (HKSOA): “A non-Chinese flag ship alongside in Ningbo was boarded by Immigration Authorities. The entire crew were told to surrender their mobile phones. Content from each of the crew phones was uploaded to authorities’ laptop for inspection. Later on the agent explained the reason behind that search was a nationwide anti-terrorist campaign, and that the search was for videos, files concerning terrorism or any other criminal related activity. The Vessel was also advised that the ...

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September was best month so far for American Hellenic

After 15 months of successful operations and faster than expected growth, American Hellenic Hull’s Board of Directors analyzed the company’s standing during its meeting of 11th October that took place in the Four Seasons Hotel, Limassol, Cyprus, under the chairmanship of Vincent Solarino. The Board also focused on forthcoming business challenges and the pending rating of the company by AM Best. AHHIC’s managers reported that the company now has more than 2,000 vessels insured, a fleet that stands 33% above projections, and that premium income has increased by 39% over ...

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Dynamic separation in Group A bauxite cargoes

Further to our update of 3 October 2017 , we provide below a more detailed explanation of “dynamic separation”, based on the IMO’s Global Bauxite Working Group (GBWG) report. Like liquefaction, the process of dynamic separation can be prevented by ensuring that the bauxite has limited fines content and a limited moisture content, as both particle size distribution and moisture content are the main parameters for the occurrence of this phenomenon. It is important that mariners understand what is happening with the cargo in the hold as changes in appearance ...

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Cyber Marine Insurance: are we ready?

Educating businesses and making them aware of their potential exposure is probably the biggest hurdle amongst insurance firms that want to provide cyber coverage to their clients. Will the EU insurance industry be sufficiently protected, from a legislative perspective, by the NIS Directive 1148/2016 and the GDPR Regulation 679/2016? Traditional insurance policies are inadequate to cover against damages arising out of a cyber-attack. For example, general liability policies usually exclude coverage for losses due to cyber-attacks. Marine insurance policies incorporate the Institute Cyber Attack Exclusion Clause CL380, developed by the ...

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Flat racks – Heavy-weight champions with a catch

Whenever it gets big and heavy in containerised transport, flat racks take the strain. With payloads of up to 50 mt, flat racks allow the shipment of liner cargo that will not fit into any container, and this is particularly favourable for today’s just-in-time manufacturers. However, transport of large and heavy cargo is still risky business. Excessive width or height can damage the cargo even during transport or handling. Damaged, sloppily repaired or ill-maintained flat racks are a considerable problem, too. Careful planning and regular inspections will minimise these risks. ...

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Polar Code amendments to STCW

Further to the club’s previous web alert in December 2016 , members are advised that there has been a reported change in respect of the effective date for the mandatory training requirements under the International convention on Standards of Training and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW). These requirements for the training and qualifications of masters and deck officers on ships operating in Polar Waters were adopted by IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee in November 2016. The new STCW amendments will take effect on 1 July 2018 (not 1 January 2018 as previously ...

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Standard Club Achieves Combined Ratio of 95% for Second Year in a Row

Meetings This year, The Standard Club’s board of directors met on 12 May 2017 at the Confederation of Italian Shipowners in Rome. The nomination and governance, strategy, and audit and risk committees held meetings the day before, and the London Class committee met just after the main board meeting. Two months later, the Standard Europe board held a meeting at Standard House in London on 20 July and the Standard Asia board met in Singapore on 26 July – coinciding with its 20th anniversary. Change in chairman The chairman of ...

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MARPOL fines for oil pollution and operational best practice

In recent years, the club has seen an increase in both the number of fines for MARPOL violations in respect of oil pollution and also the level of fines. This is particularly so in the USA, where MARPOL fines have run into millions of dollars. Basis of liability The illegal practices that result in MARPOL investigations and prosecutions usually involve: • bypassing the oily water separator when dealing with bilge water or the discharge of sludge overboard rather than by incineration or disposal ashore • unauthorised alterations to the piping ...

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Philippines Nickel Ore – 14 mining firms still operating despite suspension order

Further to our previous web alert , the club’s correspondents in the Philippines (Claims Services P&I Management Co Inc) have issued the attached circular advising that 14 mining firms are still operating despite the suspension order earlier this year by the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Members with ships fixed to load mineral ore cargo from the Philippines are recommended to liaise closely with the club’s local correspondent and clarify the export ban with the relevant government agency prior to confirming the voyage, in order to ensure ...

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Guidelines on the carriage of charcoal in containers

Certain cargoes have self-heating properties which can lead to spontaneous combustion and fires that threaten harm to people, property and the environment. Charcoal and other forms of carbon are amongst such cargoes and they require certain preparations before they can be shipped safely. When carried in containers it is also essential that the cargo is properly declared by the shipper so that the carrier can stow and carry it safely. Gard’s experience from a number of container fire incidents is that some of these cargoes have not been properly prepared ...

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Joint Industry Publication sets out Guidelines for the Carriage of Charcoal in Containers

New Guidelines for the carriage of Charcoal and Carbon in containers have been published jointly by CINS (the Cargo Incident Notification System) and the International Group of P&I Clubs. Charcoal/Carbon is a black residue, consisting of Carbon and any remaining ash obtained by removing water and other volatile constituents from animal and vegetation substances. Charcoal/Carbon is considered to be a self-heating substance – that is to say, it is a substance which, in contact with air and without energy supply, is liable to self-heating. A self-heating reaction may result in ...

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