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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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Steamship Mutual: Financial Strength Maintained at Steamship Mutual after Capital Return

At Steamship Mutual’s Board Meeting in Singapore on 23 January 2018, the Directors noted the continued growth in the Club’s owned entry by 4.5 million tons, increasing the combined owned and chartered entry to 156 million tons. The overall cost of claims for the current P&I year is significantly higher than the very low level at the same point last year, but is similar to the average experience pf the last several years. Pool claims, also show an increase. As regards investments, in the eleven months ending January the Club ...

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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 Notices to Members No.13 2016/2017 of July 2016 and No.17 2016/2017 of October 2016 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 Notices 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. and Guideline B4.2. ...

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UK P&I Club Lessons Learnt: Cargo damage due to bilge system back-flow

Captain David Nichol, senior loss prevention executive at UK P&I Club, discusses the lessons learnt from a recent incident involving cargo damage on a bulk carrier: “Prior to loading a full cargo of bulk minerals onto the vessel, the cargo holds were cleaned and tests for watertight integrity successfully carried out. In addition, the efficient operation of the cargo hold bilge pumping system and water ingress alarms was also verified. A few days after departure from the loading port, the water ingress alarm for no.2 cargo hold was activated. “However, ...

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Vote of Confidence for The Swedish Club as S&P Revises Outlook to Positive

On Jan. 25, 2018, S&P Global Ratings (S&P) revised its outlook on The Swedish Club to positive from stable. It also affirmed its ‘BBB+’ long-term insurer financial strength and issuer credit ratings for the Club. S&P stated: “The Swedish Club has continued to record underwriting returns at or better than breakeven levels and reduce the volatility of its results, despite challenging conditions in its markets. “The positive outlook indicates that we could raise the ratings on The Swedish Club if it continues to build its capital base and record underwriting ...

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New requirements for load and discharge operations in UAE ports

With immediate effect, any foreign ship carrying crude oil and products in UAE ports, territorial waters and in the exclusive economic zone, (excluding ships with navigation licenses issued by the FTA) must fulfil the below conditions to carry out load and discharge operations: must be less than 25 years old (from the date of delivery) must be classed by a classification society member in the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) or Emirates Classification Society (TASNEEF) must be double-hulled must be constructed or adapted primarily to carry crude oil and ...

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U.S. Expansion of Department of Transportation (DOT) Drug Screening to include Semi-Synthetic Opiates

The DOT promulgated its final rule (82 FR 52229) to add hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone to the “Opioids” section of the drug-testing panel. Beginning January 1, 2018, in addition to the existing DOT drug testing panel, mariners in safety-sensitive positions will also be tested for the four additional semi-synthetic opioids. If a mariner tests positive for any of the semi-synthetic opioid drugs after December 31, 2017, the Medical Review Officer (MRO) will conduct an interview with the mariner to determine if there is a legitimate medical explanation for the ...

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Asian gypsy moth season 2018

Australia’s heightened vessel surveillance for Asian gypsy moth (AGM) commenced at the turn of the year and in New Zealand, new AGM requirements enters into force on 1 February 2018. The Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) is a destructive forest pest known to spread via ocean-going vessels in international trade. Vessels calling at certain ports in Asia Pacific between May and September should therefore be inspected and “certified free of AGM” prior to departure. These inspections are undertaken to minimise the potential for regulatory action when arriving in a country where ...

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Rising piracy on Indian Ocean spells high insurance charges

Cases of piracy in Indian Ocean off Somalia coast increased in 2017, raising fears that sustained attacks could raise insurance and freight costs for Kenya importers. Nine piracy attacks were recorded off Somalia in 2017, up from two in 2016, a new report shows, as global attacks dropped to a 22-year low. “The dramatic incident, alongside our 2017 figures, demonstrates that Somali pirates retain the capability and intent to launch attacks against merchant vessels hundreds of miles from their coastline,” Mr Pottengal Mukundan, International Maritime Bureau (IMB), director said in ...

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