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Brazil And Argentina: Soybeans With High Moisture Content

As set out in our Circular dated 25 November 2016 the Association has come across various claims arising out of soybeans with excessive moisture content being loaded in Brazil and discharged in China. This circular aims to provide an update on loading/storage conditions at Brazilian ports, especially in Santos and Paranagua, and also ports in Argentina. Delay in transportation to northern ports of Brazil, Santarem and Itaxoatiara Significant delay due to heavy rain has been experienced for cargoes transported on the route from Cuiaba (State of Mato Grosso) to Santarem ...

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Argentina – New Provisions on Ballast Water Management: Ballast Chlorination – Guidance

Further to the News Article dated 12 April 2017 (), the Club has received a variety of queries from Members concerning the new obligations pertaining to the chlorination treatment of vessel’s ballast tanks when calling at Argentine ports due to the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development . In consultation with Club Correspondents Pandi Liquidadores, Buenos Aires, the information provided herein will hopefully offer further guidance and clarification; The requirements within Resolution 85-E/2017, applies to all Argentinean ports and territorial waters for every vessel engaged in maritime international navigation coming ...

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China MSA recommendations & control measures for ships navigating in restricted visibility off Fujian waters

The club’s correspondent in China (Huatai) has recently issued circular 1704 highlighting the increasing number of navigational incidents due to poor visibility along the coast of Fujian province in China. Apparently the statistics published by Fujian maritime authorities for the years from 2011 to 2015 reveal that around 16% of the human errors that caused maritime incidents in Fujian waters violated relevant provisions regarding navigation in fog. Meanwhile, poor visibility is the leading environmental factor, leading to 29% of collision incidents. Following on from these incidents the Maritime Safety Administration ...

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Thomas Miller Claims Management wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise for the Second Time

Thomas Miller Claims Management (TMCM), the marine and logistics risk management consultancy, has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category. This is the second time the company has received the Award, which recognises outstanding achievements by UK companies in growing international earnings and is widely recognised as the UK’s most prestigious award for business performance. Having already received a Queen’s Award in 2014 for its strong international growth, TMCM increased overseas earnings by over 60% in a three-year period, posting consistently healthy profits despite significant ...

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Crew Health: Advice for safe travel

Since June 2016 the Club has issued regular guidance concerning the enhancement and protection of crew health on board a vessel and during periods of shore leave. Seafarers are travellers and are therefore exposed to the same health risks as all other travellers. The maritime industry has incorporated medicals, pre-employment health checks, vaccinations and international health regulations into its infrastructure. However, the onus is on the individual seafarer to ensure that they have taken the necessary precautions to prepare for their upcoming voyage. The precautions include: gathering information about the ...

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Punitive damages recoverable in the US by seamen in cases involving employer’s recklessness

In March of 2017 in the case of Tabingo v. American Triumph LLV (), the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that punitive damages are recoverable by seamen in unseaworthiness claims when the defendant employer is “reckless”. Tabingo was working as a deckhand on a fishing trawler when he had several fingers partially amputated by a hydraulic hatch cover. He claimed that a broken control handle caused the incident and the vessel’s interests knew of the faulty handle for two years, but did not repair it. The decision In reaching its ...

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London P&I Club says consistent approach to publication management is essential

The London P&I Club says its inspectors have consistently noted negative findings in connection with the management of ships’ chart folios and associated publications, as well as concern over the approach adopted by deck officers to the management of external navigational warning information from SAT-C and Navtex. The most common finding is the lack of application of Temporary and Preliminary Notices to voyage charts. The club’s loss prevention officer, Carl Durow (pictured), said: “Officers in charge of such activities are reminded that, while often temporary, T&P Corrections should not be ...

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North P&I Club Encourages Members To Use Seagull’s Crew Evaluation System

North P&I Club is encouraging its shipowner members to consider the crew evaluation and benchmarking service offered by Seagull Maritime AS through an exclusive partnership between the two organisations. The initiative is part of a pioneering campaign by North to support its members in their aim to attract, recruit and retain the ‘right crew’ for their ships. Over the next 12 months any North shipowner member wishing to assess its existing and potential crew members – whether directly employed or supplied via manning agents – can use Seagull’s unique online ...

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P&I Clubs Face Underwriting and Rate Challenges, Says A.M. Best Analyst

“The P&I clubs approached the renewal period with very strong balance sheets,” said Drummond. “In the run up to the renewal period, the clubs announced there would be no general increases, since they were placing their emphasis on assessing the risks that each shipowner brought to the clubs, in order to reduce costs and premiums.” Drummond also said that the low interest rate environment continues to challenge the clubs, since they are mutuals and have not had to focus on underwriting profitability due to historically good levels of investment income ...

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Cargo Hold Cleaning

When cargo holds are presented for loading cargoes in bulk and they are not sufficiently clean for the intended cargo, delays, off-hire and charter party disputes can arise. Insufficient cleaning can also cause cargo contamination and infestation, leading to cargo damage claims from cargo receivers. Due to the importance of the preparation and cleaning of cargo holds prior to loading, personnel on vessels involved in preparing cargo holds, and also those ashore involved in fixing and operating vessels, should be familiar with the various issues surrounding the cleaning of holds ...

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USA – Ballast Water Management Regulations

In Notice to Members No.20 2016/2017 () the Club advised Members about the ballast water management (BWM) regulations in the United States and which differ from those which will prevail in other parts of the world when the IMO’s Ballast Water Convention enters into force in September 2017. US attorneys Blank Rome recently provided a useful update on the US position to the International Group’s Pollution Sub-Committee and a copy of their presentation can be found . Members should note in particular that in light of a number of BWM ...

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Argentina – New Provisions on Ballast Water Management: Ballast Chlorination

Correspondents Pandi Liquidadores, Buenos Aires have advised the Club about demands being made by the Sanitary Authorities at the Port of San Lorenzo, Argentina for vessels to produce a certificate of chlorination pertaining to the ballast waters on-board. This has come about following the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development ratification of Resolution 85-E/2017, which came into force on 24 February 2017, and deals with ballast water treatment for vessels arriving from foreign ports. Resolution 85-E/2017 is intended as a preliminary stage to the International Convention for the Control and ...

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Skuld: Compliance With Class Requirements And Recommendations

The Club would like to draw members’ attention to the importance of complying with class recommendations, failure of which can lead to undesirable situations involving unseaworthiness, damage to ship and cargo, Port State Control (PSC) detention, fines and time loss etc.. In a recent case, timber on deck was to be loaded in South America with discharge in the Middle East region. Due to the fact that the vessel is a bulk carrier and not a log carrier, class was contacted for approval of carrying timber on deck. Approval was ...

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Claim handling tips for crewmember tuberculosis cases in the United States

Over the past few years, the club has seen an increase in the number of tuberculosis (TB) cases in crewmembers around the world, especially in crewmembers travelling to the United States. These cases can be particularly difficult to handle and can be very costly for shipowners if the crewmember is diagnosed while in a US hospital. Members should note that the club will provide cover for both the expenses associated with the medical treatment and repatriation of a crewmember with TB and for quarantine expenses, subject to limited exceptions. Under ...

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Somali piracy – recent attack shows there is no room for complacency

On 8 April 2017, the bulk carrier OS 35 was attacked and boarded by pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Fortunately, the ship’s 19 Filipino crew were released unharmed after being rescued by the Chinese Navy, supported by the Indian Navy. The crew had sought refuge in the ship’s citadel and were able to send a distress signal following the attack. The attack on OS 35 follows the first hijacking by Somali pirates for five years, when an oil tanker was captured (and subsequently freed) last month. A fishing trawler ...

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