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Eagle Ocean Marine Enjoys Another Successful Year Amid American Club’s Centennial Celebrations

Eagle Ocean Marine (EOM), the American Club’s fixed-premium P & I and FD & D facility, recently completed another year of steady growth and continuing profitability. It has also renewed its reinsurance program for a further twelve months from July 1 on favorable terms with the solid support of its coventurers at Lloyd’s. This, coupled with a strong operating performance, has been an additional cause for celebration as the Club moves into the second half of its 2017 centennial year. EOM offers attentive, competitively-priced Protection and Indemnity and Freight, Demurrage ...

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Double Banking and STS Transfers on Bulk Carriers

From a legal and operational perspective double banking can be considered as a modified form of ship to ship (STS) transfer due to some of the risks involved, such as damage to the vessel. There is a lot of guidance to assist with STS operations for liquid cargoes. However, there are no specific international guidelines for bulk carrier STS operations in port. There are various types of double banking operations. A vessel may be ordered by a port authority to double bank where there is congestion in a port. This ...

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New guidance for Red Sea/Gulf of Aden transits

Vessels in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden must continue to operate in a heightened state of alert and should pass through the Bab-el-Mandeb area during the hours of darkness only. We refer to our alerts of , and The Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) published new guidance to vessels operating in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden on 16 July 2017. Their press release refers to the ongoing conflict in Yemen and highlights recent attacks against two tankers in the approaches to the Bab-el-Mandeb, both conducted by small ...

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AMSA Marine Notice 7/2017: Guidance on ECDIS for ships calling at Australian ports

We would like to make members aware of the release of AMSA Marine Notice 7/2017 which supersedes 8/2016. Marine notice 7/2017 addresses the following areas: Software quality assurance Anomalies ECDIS data presentation and performance check dataset Chart carriage requirements Mode of ECDIS operation ECDIS training requirements Port state control inspections It states that PSC inspectors may take account of ECDIS related issues, including master and navigating officers being familiar with the operation of the ECDIS equipment fitted and able to demonstrate operational competency. AMSA’s ECDIS FAQs provide further details of ...

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Sanctions Against Sudan

In our News Item of 17 January 2017  it was reported that US sanctions against Sudan were expected to be formally lifted in July 2017. A recent Executive Order from President Trump has however extended the review period for a further three months and a final decision will therefore not be taken until at least 12 October 2017. In the interim the sanctions relief provided by the previous Executive Order remains in place. Details can be found in a further Client Alert from Freehill Hogan & Mahar, which is available ...

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Nautical Institute’s Ice Navigator Accreditation Standard

Members are advised that at the start of July the Nautical Institute launched its Ice Navigator Scheme. This scheme is designed to help meet the demand for properly trained officers with the skills and knowledge to handle a ship in ice. The scheme is designed to run in conjunction with the Polar Code and builds on STCW requirements. It focuses on the practical elements necessary to handle a ship and manage operations in ice covered waters worldwide; it is not limited to the Polar Regions. Participants in the scheme can ...

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UK P&I Club: Search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean

Amanda Hastings, Claims Executive at UK P&I Club, comments on the effect of Operation Triton on search and rescue operations: “Summer is once again upon us and the media coverage surrounding the refugee and migrant crisis in the Mediterranean continues, as do the criticisms of Operation Triton. So has anything really changed since Triton was introduced or do commercial operators still have to step in? “Launched on 1 November 2014, the EU’s Frontex Operation Triton has been a controversial replacement for its predecessor, the Italian Mare Nostrum programme. Unlike Mare ...

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A closer look at mutual club funding

There was a time when all P&I Clubs used the same method of funding; the estimated total call (ETC) approach. To understand this method it is necessary to consider the nature of liability insurance. Unlike hull insurance, in which it is reasonably clear whether the property insured has been damaged during the policy year, a liability loss may have occurred yet be unknown to the shipowner or their insurers. This is because the law generally allows a claimant three years or so to lodge a personal injury claim against the ...

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Steamship Mutual Issue 2017 Management Highlights

Steamship Mutual has today released the Club’s 2017 Management Highlights. This includes an introduction from the Club’s Chairman, Mr Armand Pohan, who provides a report on the Club’s financial performance and other recent developments. The Management Highlights includes an overview of the Club’s underwriting performance, claims, and a review of the Club’s loss prevention work. Summary of financial results: Free reserves increased by US$70 million to US$510 million putting the Club’s capital well in excess of the AAA level of target capital as measured by Standard & Poor’s. The Financial ...

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The Standard Club launches new offshore advisory committee

The Standard Club is driving developments in offshore P&I with the launch of the Standard Club Offshore Advisory Committee (SCOAC). SCOAC aims to analyse offshore trends, assist the club in further understanding and disseminating industry best-practice and develop new strategies to provide a focused direction for the benefit of the club’s offshore membership. The committee consists of leading offshore players including Allseas Group, Bumi Armada, Floatel International, Nortrans Offshore, Saipem, SBM Offshore and Subsea 7 – all members of The Standard Club. The members of the committee are senior figures ...

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Dealing with death on the high seas – UK P&I Club advises

Linda Wright, claims executive at UK P&I Club, advises on what to do when death occurs at sea: “Death in a workplace environment is not any easy issue to broach but having a regimented, step-by-step plan in place to deal with such tragic circumstances is integral both from a humane and logistical standpoint, especially whilst at sea. “When the unexpected death of a crewmember occurs at sea, action must be taken to preserve the body and show respect for the deceased and their families. Appropriate contact with family members by ...

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Cyber security

Across the global maritime community, ports, vessels and facilities are increasingly connected to and dependent on cyber systems. Failure to anticipate and prepare for a cyber incident may have significant consequences. Maritime industry operations and management rely on cyber systems. Global Positioning Systems (GPS), automated equipment, physical security sensors, electronic certificates, cargo tracking, electronic navigation, Automatic Identification Systems (AIS), record-keeping and pre-arrival processing are just some of the equipment and activities that depend on reliable and secure cyber systems. This reliance on computers and computer networks, particularly those connected to ...

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UK P&I Club: The best defence is a good offence – Why vaccinations matter

Sophia Bullard, Crew Health Programme Director at UK P&I Club, discusses the importance of vaccinations for seafarers: “One of the most effective and obvious ways to prevent infections onboard a ship is good personal hygiene. However, for seafarers who travel worldwide this is often not enough. Vaccination is the most effective method to prevent the spread of common, preventable, illnesses onboard, such as Hepatitis B and Chickenpox. “The Crew Health Programme has investigated the cost of immunisations in numerous locations, and whilst costs do vary depending on location, many are ...

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American Hellenic Hull Insurance brand grows faster than projected

American Hellenic Hull Insurance surpassed key targets during its first year of operation: · 1,900 insured vessels · written premium income exceeded $10 million · covered 35 million GT on 100% basis During its latest Board meeting in June 2017, American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company appointed two new Directors, Mr. Angelos Kostakos of Oceanstar Management Inc. and Mr. Panagiotis Christodoulatos of Ikaros Shipping & Brokerage Co Ltd. Mr. Kostakos is Legal, Insurance and Claims Director of Oceanstar Management Inc. and a member of the Board of Directors of the American ...

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International Convention For The Control And Management Of Ships’ Ballast Water And Sediments And Us Ballast Water Management (BWM) Regulations

We refer Members to Circular published on 17 January 2017  on the IMO’s International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (the “Convention”) that will enter into force on 8 September 2017, and the US Coast Guard (USCG) regulations requiring the installation on most vessels operating in US waters of a BWM system that meets the USCG’s stricter testing standards at the first scheduled dry docking after 1 January 2016. On 7 July 2017, the 71st session of the IMO’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) ...

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