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Indonesia – Ore Export Ban Relaxed

Press reports indicate the Government of Indonesia has relaxed the ore export ban that had previously been in place. The export of materials such as nickel ore and bauxite may resume. Risk of Liquefaction Ores exported from Indonesia may be subject to the risk of liquefaction. Members will no doubt recall that several vessels carrying nickel ore from Indonesia have been lost. The Club is also aware of some liquefaction issues with bauxite cargoes. Club Circulars Members who are fixed to load nickel ore are reminded of the Club circulars ...

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TT Club Once More Urges Care with Coiled Cargoes

As part of its on-going campaign to improve standards of the safe packing of unit loads, including shipping containers, specialist freight transport insurer, TT Club has issued specific guidelines on packing and securing coiled materials in containers. In general, investigations into incidents along the international supply chain – whether on roads, rail, inland waterway or at sea – can often be attributed to poor practices in the packing of cargo transport units (CTUs) and coiled materials are a particular hazard. As a leading insurer of international container transport TT Club ...

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New Guidelines on the use of drones for offshore operators

Following the growing use of drones (unmanned aerial systems [UAS]) by offshore operators, Oil and Gas UK has recently published the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations Management Standards and Guidelines (the guidelines). These new guidelines will prove helpful for an increasing number of oil and gas operators who are using drones for a number of reasons including undertaking inspections, carrying out surveying and security measures as well as aerial photography. The use of drones on these particularly high risk work environments is very attractive as it enables operators to send ...

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West of England: Class 1 and Class 2 Rules Changes for 2017

NOTICE is hereby given that an Extraordinary General Meeting of Class 1 and Class 2 Members of the Association will be held at 1030 hours on Wednesday, 8 February 2017 in the Bayerischer Hof, Promenadeplaz 2-6, D-80333 Munich, Germany for the purpose of considering and, if thought fit, passing the following SPECIAL Resolution: SPECIAL RESOLUTION THAT alterations to certain Rules of Class 1 and Class 2 and to certain Bye Laws of Class 1 (as hereafter set out with commentary) be made to take effect from noon GMT on 20 ...

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Global ship insurers to resume near full coverage for Iran oil: officials

Global shipping insurers have devised a way to ensure nearly full coverage for Iranian oil exports from next month after striking a deal to provide cover without involving U.S.-domiciled reinsurers, officials in Tokyo and London said. The reluctance of U.S. firms to handle Iranian goods had greatly limited the number of reinsurers of cargoes, but the new arrangements – which essentially allow re-insurance of ships without the involvement of U.S.-firms – should boost the number of eligible shipments. That will provide a boon to Iran, trying to raise oil exports ...

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Closing Meeting For Acquisition Of Sma/Gerling Norway, Now Rebranded To Skuld Marine Agency

Skuld is pleased to report that on 12 January 2017, the closing of the share purchase agreement for Skuld Marine Agency (SMA) was completed. Skuld is now formally the owner of 100% of the shares of SMA free of any encumbrances. This was the final step of the acquisition process and there are no further outstanding matters between the parties. SMA has operated as an agent for Skuld since November 2016 for renewals attaching from 1 January 2017. Skuld is pleased to announce that 100% of SMA’s clients renewing at ...

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Turkey – 2017 Pollution Fines

In Turkish waters significant fines are imposed on vessels that violate Turkish anti-pollution regulations. Pollution fines between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017 have been set as follows: 1. Pollution from petroleum tankers and derivatives (raw petroleum, fuel oil, bilge, oil mud, refined product oil waste etc.) Up to 1000 (inclusive) Gross Tons 84.91 TL /per Ton Between 1000-5000 (inclusive) Gross Tons Additional 21.18 TL /per Ton Over 5000 Gross Tons Additional 2.03 TL /per Ton 2. Dirty ballast discharged to sea by tankers Up to 1000 (inclusive) Gross ...

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Gard: International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 and US Ballast Water Management (BWM) Regulations

The IMO’s International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (the “Convention”) will enter into force on 8 September 2017. The Convention seeks to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic organisms from one region to another, by the establishment of standards and procedures for the management and control of ships’ ballast water and sediments. As of 11 January 2017, there are 54 Contracting States to the Convention representing 53.30% of the world’s global tonnage. The United States (US) is not a State Party to ...

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The Shipowners’ Club: Cost reductions across Members’ operational landscape

During 2016 the Club launched a new subsidiary, CTRL, through which Members of the Shipowners’ Club are able to access significant financial benefits which assist in cost reductions across their operation. CTRL offers bespoke Claims, Technical, Risk and Legal services to Members of the Shipowners’ Club on flexible terms and at favourable rates. Members of the Club are able to take advantage of CTRL’s services in a number of ways, tapping into free resources, a complimentary health check of operational procedures and free qualifying legal work. Complimentary health check of ...

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North American and U.S. Caribbean Sea ECA –Understanding Compliance Issues

This document addresses Annex VI compliance issues for a range of circumstances. Please note that this discussion is not meant to address every possible circumstance for the topics covered. Vessel operators are encouraged to contact EPA or U.S. Coast Guard before applying these responses for a particular set of circumstances. Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) Keeping in mind application of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Resolution MEPC.259(68) 2015 Guidelines for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS), what are U.S. EPA requirements for the disposal of sludge from an EGCS? Sludge or ...

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What steps should a prudent shipowner take when bringing their vessels back into service after a long period of layup?

What steps should a prudent shipowner take when bringing their vessels back into service after a long period of layup? : Layup reactivation is crucial given that the vessel may have been out of service for a number of months and hence the Club has a survey requirement when it comes to layup reactivations (Rule 35). The extent of re-commissioning work would depend on whether the vessel was under hot or cold layup, the length of time the vessel was laid up and the extent of maintenance carried out during ...

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UK P&I Club: Repatriating sick and injured seafarers

Following a recent roundtable with Rowland Raikes, Medical Rescue International, Markus McMillin, Claims Executive at UK P&I Club, discusses the varying circumstances surrounding medical repatriation of seafarers, and the related challenges and associated costs. “Medical repatriation is the transportation, home or to another medical facility, of a seafarer following an accident or illness when medical personnel and/or equipment are required for the journey. The two main themes that need to be thought about when discussing medical repatriation are the welfare of the patient and control of the costs. “The medical ...

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The American Club Celebrates Its Centenary: International P&I insurer publishes book to mark this milestone and its place in the global maritime industry

The American P&I Club was founded in New York nearly a century ago. To celebrate its first 100 years, a book entitled The American Club: A Centennial History has just been published. The book tells the story of the Club across ten decades of maritime and marine insurance history both within the United States and across the world. Its author is Richard Blodgett, a former Wall Street Journal reporter whose previous credits include histories of the New York Stock Exchange, Kohler and Co. and JP Morgan Chase & Co. The ...

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Legal Costs Cover – 2017 Rule Changes

Further to our EGM minutes dated 11 January 2017 concerning the amendments to the 2017 Club Rules, we are pleased to announce our newly rebranded Legal Costs Cover (LCC), formally known as LADC, will be incorporated into the Rules as of 20 February 2017. The Club’s LCC team is currently comprised of twelve qualified lawyers, as well as two trainees across our London and Singapore offices. The team has a wealth of experience across a range of disputes and jurisdictions, which it uses to assist over 1,300 LCC Members, making ...

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TT: New Year, new Code

1 January 2017 marks the start of transitional effect for Amendment 38-16 of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code. All amendments prior to Amendment 37-14 are no longer valid. Regulations controlling the transport of dangerous goods follow a two yearly revision cycle taking account, as stated in the source United Nations (UN) Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods – Model Regulations, of ‘technical progress, the advent of new substances and materials, the exigencies of modern transport systems and, above all, the requirement to ensure the safety of people, ...

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