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UK P&I Club and Signum Services advise on cyber security at sea – prevention is better than cure

David Thompson, Investigator at UKP&I Club’s Signum Services consultancy arm at UK P&I Club, highlights the importance of cyber security at sea. “While the use of computerised systems for everything from navigation to container inspection has enhanced the safety and security of vessels at sea, it has also created a new type of threat to the shipping industry – cybercrime. “The risks around cyber security and insurers’ exposure to these risks are a concern for the industry and regulators alike. We are continually monitoring both the operational and insurance cover ...

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India: NCDRC allows shipping firms’s insurance claim of Rs 1.93 cr

The apex consumer commission has directed an insurance company to pay over Rs 1.93 crore to a shipping firm for repair of one of its vessels which was damaged while sailing in bad weather. The New India Assurance Private Company Ltd, with whom the vessel is insured, had rejected the firm’s plea on the ground that the ship’s log book was not produced. Disagreeing with the insurance company’s stand, the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) asked it to pay Rs 1,93,39,965.45 to Ceyaki Shipping Private Limited whose vessel MV ...

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Update on US immigration orders

As previously reported by the club , on 27 January 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order (E.O) 13769 which banned any immigrant or non-immigrant entry into the US of citizens from Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran and Libya for the next 90 days. As a result, crew members aboard ships entering US waters who are citizens of these countries would be denied entry to the US. However, E.O. 13769 was suspended by a US Federal court and this ruling was upheld by an appeal court in February 2017. ...

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Clarification on Insurance Premium Tax Cover in Greece

Members are referred to Notice to Members No.15 2015/2016 concerning Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) in Greece. The IPT regime in Greece was amended in July 2015 and the standard IPT rate increased from 10% to 15%. The new regime also appeared to remove all exemptions, leading to considerable uncertainty for P&I Clubs and their Members. In order to clarify the situation, the new Independent Government Income Authority have recently issued a Circular (POL. 1028/22.2.2017) which confirms that P&I covers remain exempt from IPT. With regard to FD&D cover, the Managers ...

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Soya bean cargo exports from Uruguay to China

The club’s local correspondent in Uruguay (Chadwick Weir Navegacion S.A.) has issued a circular highlighting the phytosanitary requirements for the export of soya beans from Uruguay to China. The protocol has been agreed and signed by the corresponding authorities of both countries after a number of claims reported last year (in 2016) due to presence of quarantine pests. Please refer to the attached circular and protocol for further details. Reportedly, there were also a significant number of claims relating to soya beans exported from Uruguay to China, due to high ...

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2020 global sulphur cap implementation date decided

January 1st, 2020, has been set as the implementation date for a significant reduction in the sulphur content of the fuel oil used by ships. The decision to implement a global sulfur cap of 0.50% m/m (mass/mass) in 2020, revising the current 3.5% cap, was announced by the International Maritime Organization, during its Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting for its 70th session on October 27th 2016. Further work to ensure effective implementation of the 2020 global sulphur cap will continue in the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR). ...

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Report a near-miss, save a life

The Standard Club has been working on a number of initiatives to promote the importance of near-miss reporting. The latest of these has been the creation of an educational video and workbook with Videotel, the maritime e-learning experts. The aim of this production is to educate mariners and shore managers specifically about near-miss reporting, and emphasise its importance in improving safety on board ships. Near-miss reporting is an essential task which prevents accidents and saves lives. According to Herbert William Heinrich, an industrial safety expert from America, for every major ...

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Expansion of The Standard Club PEME Scheme

The Standard Club is happy to report that its Pre-Employment Medical Examination (PEME) scheme has now entered its second year. The decision to continue the scheme was based on its successful first year of operation: the scheme examined over 2,000 seafarers in 2016, and the monthly rate of examinations and the number of members using the scheme continue to grow. The scheme has distributed health advice to many seafarers with treatable conditions ensuring that these conditions do not worsen and result in a claim. The scheme also identified seafarers who ...

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Cornes P&I Co Ltd name change announcement

Japanese ship owners form an important part of the membership of The Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association Limited (Britannia). This is evidenced by the Club establishing a branch office in Tokyo in 1989 and for many years Britannia’s Japanese Members have benefited from the service provided by the Club’s exclusive correspondent Cornes P&I Co Ltd (CPI). In recognition of the growing significance of its Japanese Members, Britannia’s Managers (Tindall Riley & Co Limited) have acquired CPI from its parent, Cornes & Co Limited. The acquisition will complete on 3rd April ...

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London P&I Club supports appointment of warranty surveyors for deck cargo loads

The London P&I Club has highlighted a recent increase in the incidence of deck cargoes shifting in heavy weather, and supported a recommendation to appoint a warranty surveyor to supervise high-risk marine construction and transportation project operations where appropriate. In an article in the club’s latest StopLoss Bulletin, Paul Walton, a director with international marine consultant LOC (Hong Kong), said, “In the past year, LOC has seen many deck cargoes shifting in heavy weather. Invariably, after further investigation, it has been discovered that the stowage and securing of these cargoes ...

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TT Club to Collaborate in Major Supply Chain Safety Campaign

IMO Secretary General and European Commission officials were present at the launch of a CTU Code Compliance Campaign in Brussels. During a seminar, communication of best practice in packing and securing cargo and compliance across all modes was urged. Held in Brussels as part of European Shipping Week, the high-powered seminar on Safety in the Intermodal Supply Chain was a collaboration by the shipper’s representatives Global Shippers Forum (GSF); cargo handling operators body ICHCA; freight transport insurance specialist TT Club and container carriers association World Shipping Council (WSC) and was ...

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Bunker Quantity Disputes – Mass Flow Meters

The introduction of mass flow meters (MFM) for bunker operation in Singapore is a welcome development. Unfortunately it appears that although the equipment has changed, the behaviour of some unscrupulous suppliers has not. The main objective of supplying bunkers through the MFM was to avoid discrepancies in the quantity of bunker supply. It has been reported that piping irregularities were discovered on bunker tankers. One implication of such piping fixture irregularities may be that they allow some quantity of bunkers to be siphoned back into the bunker tanker tanks whilst ...

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Watertight doors awareness

During day to day operations of a ship and particularly in situations where the ship has been damaged, it is usually assumed that all watertight doors are closed and that the vessel’s internal watertight subdivision is 100% effective. On board a ship, the safety of the crew and passengers depends on the safety of the ship and this includes the safe use of watertight doors so that they do not pose any danger when passengers and crew pass through the doors or operate them. However, our casualty statistics indicate that ...

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Crew Health: Malaria prevention

The Club previously released a bulletin informing Members of the precautionary measures that can be taken to avoid the contraction of malaria on board merchant ships. The bulletin was released in the wake of an incident in which a crew member died from a malarial infection having not had access to the correct precautionary medication. Despite such efforts to raise awareness, the Club has continued to record malaria related incidents and in 2016 was notified of 12 cases where crew members had contracted the disease. Malaria is one of the ...

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USA – Latest Executive Order On Immigration Suspended

Further to our News Item of 8th March 2017 announcing President Trump’s latest effort to restrict the citizens of certain countries entering the United States, a number of Federal court judges have again suspended the President’s Executive Order. A Client Alert from the Club’s attorneys Freehill Hogan & Mahar providing guidance can be found . Members will be kept advised of developments. Source: West of England P&I Club

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