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Eniram SkyLight 3.0 introduced for fleet performance monitoring – exclusive partnership with Concirrus to offer connected marine insurance

Eniram, a Wärtsilä company, has launched Eniram SkyLight 3.0 for fleet performance monitoring and is partnering with Concirrus to deliver sophisticated solutions for marine insurance underwriting based on accurate operational data. Eniram SkyLight 3.0 is a significant update to its subscription-based fleet performance monitoring service. The service now includes mobile notifications and virtual propeller RPM (revolutions per minute) sensing. This latest innovation supports Wärtsilä’s intention to lead the marine industry’s transformation towards a Smart Marine Ecosystem via improved connectivity and the use of real-time data. Eniram SkyLight 3.0 is a ...

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Carriage of cocoa butter in containers

Cocoa butter is derived from whole cocoa beans which are fermented, roasted, and then separated from their hulls. The majority of cocoa butter is exported from equatorial and tropical countries, and transported along routes that are close to or cross the equator. Therefore, it can be expected that the container will experience long periods of high ambient temperatures. Cocoa butter becomes soft and malleable at 30-32°C and can melt at 37°C and can retain the latent heat and remain in such a condition down to as low as 17°C. Upon ...

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Amendments To Marpol Annex V Entering Into Force 1 March 2018

Skuld would like to remind its members of the forthcoming implementation date of the amendments to MARPOL Annex V which will enter into force on 1 March 2018. The main amendments to MARPOL Annex V cover; Declaration of cargo residues Solid bulk cargo residues will be divided into two categories, ‘Harmful to the Marine Environment’ and ‘non-Harmful to the Marine Environment’. Cargoes which are not harmful to the marine environment carry less stringent requirements on discharging than ones defined as harmful. SOLAS along with the new appendix I of MARPOL ...

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Revised version 3.0 of the IG/CINS Guidelines for the Carriage of Calcium Hypochlorite in Containers

The International Group of P&I Clubs (IG Clubs) and the shipping line members of the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) have issued a revised version 3.0 of the Guidelines for the Carriage of Calcium Hypochlorite in Containers. The Guidelines were first published in May 2016, with version 2.0 of the Guidelines issued in January 2017 to take account of the package limit of 100lb drums under US measurement as well as the package limit of 45kg net weight. As previously stated, the Guidelines can essentially be considered “IMDG Code plus ...

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Keir Gravil: Autonomous vessels – the challenges and opportunities in design

Automation presents a set of unique challenges to designers, insurers and operators of ships. In this article, Keir Gravil, a naval architect at Frazer-Nash Consultancy in Bristol, UK discusses some of the key issues that could face automated ships of the future from a design perspective. It is a truth recognised by many industries that the future of transportation lies with greater automation. Over the last 50 years we have seen huge changes not only in shipping, but in every form of transportation and vehicle. Aircraft now incorporate automation routinely ...

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Steamship: Management Succession Plan

The Managers have announced their succession plan for the immediate future. Gary Rynsard will step down from the role of Executive Chairman in February 2019 and will be replaced in that position by Stephen Martin. Gary will remain with the management, Steamship P&I Management LLP, and will assist in the establishment of the European subsidiary company. Chris Adams will become Managing Director with effect from 20 February 2019. Gary Field will become Head of Underwriting with effect from 20 February 2019. Steve Ward is retiring from the management on 20 ...

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UAE introduces mandatory insurance for seafarers

An FTA circular issued in January states that all sailors onboard should be compensated in the event of injuries during work. Ship owners operating Emirati and foreign ships in the waters and ports of the UAE will need to get insurance contracts for all sailors onboard, the UAE’s Federal Authority for Land and Maritime Transport (FTA) has announced. An FTA circular issued in January states that all sailors onboard should be compensated in the event of injuries during work. They must be deported to their home countries in case of ...

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Challenging sea ice conditions in Northern China

Vessels calling key ports in Northern China’s Bohai Sea and Yellow Sea are advised to proceed with caution as record low temperatures in the region lead to increased formation of sea ice. We have received several inquiries from Members regarding their vessels calling ports in North China with respect to extreme cold conditions in the region. While the area that the vessels call, namely the ports in the Yellow sea and the Bohai sea, fall within the ordinary trading area, mariners are advised to follow all precautions for navigation in ...

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Shipowners risk losing cover if they fail to comply with new fuel rules, warns Marsh

Shipowners face a race against time to execute strategies to reduce sulphur emissions by 1 January 2020, or risk vessels being declared unseaworthy and possibly non-insurable, said broking giant Marsh in a recent report. The IMO, which governs international shipping, had announced in late 2016 that under Annex VI of the IMO’s International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), shipowners will have to cut sulphur limits in marine fuel from 3.5% to 0.5% by 2020. The new rule is hard to comply with using current traditional high ...

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Libya – port situation

Gard’s correspondent advises that Tobruk port has reopened to international shipping after it was closed in mid-October 2017. Port situation According to information received from Gard’s correspondent Gargoum Legal Marine, the port situation in Libya as at 2 February 2018 is reported to be as follows: Working: Farwah, Bouri, Melittah, Zawia, Tripoli, Al Khoms, Misurata, Es Sider, Ras Lanuf, Marsa El Brega, Zuetina, Benghazi, Tobruk and Marsa El Hariga Closed: Sirte and Derna According to the correspondent, all working ports are currently considered safe for ships and crew. The situation ...

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Myanmar accedes to the Bunkers Convention

On 19 January 2018, Myanmar acceded to the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage (‘Bunkers Convention’). The Bunkers Convention has been in force internationally since November 2008 and was adopted under the auspices of the International Maritime Organisation to ensure adequate, prompt and effective compensation for those who suffer damage caused by spills of oil carried as fuel in ships’ bunkers. The territorial jurisdiction for damage compensation extends to territorial seas and exclusive economic zones. Myanmar’s ratification brings the number of states to accede to the ...

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Maritime Labour Convention 2006 As Amended (MLC) – Liability for Uninsured MLC Liabilities

As Members will be aware from the Club’s Circulars 11/2016 of June 2016 and 13/2016 of October 2016 ( and ) concerning the implementation of financial certification requirements in accordance with the amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (“MLC”), the Boards of all International Group Clubs agreed that Clubs would provide the necessary certification. The Circulars also made clear however that whilst some of the liabilities arising under the certificates– i.e. compensation for death or long-term disability in accordance with Regulation 4.2, Standard A4.2.1 and Guideline B4.2.1 – would ...

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Leaking cargo hatch covers caused cargo damage

The bulk carrier had 7 cargo holds which had been fully loaded with soybeans. The vessel had side rolling cargo hatch covers. For six days, the vessel encountered heavy weather at Beaufort scale 9 which caused the vessel to pitch and roll heavily. The cargo hatch covers were washed over by seawater. Monthly Safety Scenario February 2018 All hatch covers were opened when the vessel was at anchor and waiting for an available berth. This was to ensure the vessel was gas free since fumigation had been carried out in ...

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China signs The Hague Choice of Court Convention – A step towards international judicial cooperation

On 12 Sep 2017, the Chinese Ambassador to The Netherlands signed The Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements (the “Convention”) on behalf of the government of the People’s Republic of China. Drafting of the Convention was concluded at the Hague Conference on Private International Law on 30 June 2005 and it entered into force on 1 October 2015. To date it has 33 contracting states, including all member states of the EU (with the exception of Denmark), Singapore and Mexico. The US, Ukraine and Montenegro have signed but have ...

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Enhanced yellow fever inspections in China

Yellow fever is a mosquito-borne disease with the potential to cause severe health implications. It is found mainly in tropical areas of Africa and Central and South America. Although significant progress has been made in combatting this disease and there is a very effective vaccine that can be used to prevent it, recent reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) describes serious outbreaks of the disease in Nigeria and Brazil. In response to the reported outbreaks, the Chinese quarantine authorities have implemented an enhanced inspection regime in the country’s ports ...

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