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Case study: Fire hazard from leaking fuel supply

A potential fire hazard discovered on board a vessel was found to be caused by a failed fuel pipe connection on the supply line to the main engines. The Incident The chief engineer was called to the engine room after receiving a report of a leak on a low pressure fuel supply line. Upon inspection the engineer was able to perform a temporary repair using self-amalgamating tape to reduce the leak to a weep followed by fibre-glass resin and a bandage in an attempt to seal the leak. The immediate ...

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North P&I Club helps Greek members to meet challenges of today and tomorrow

North P&I Club welcomed around 150 shipowner members to the Yacht Club of Greece in Mikrolimano, Piraeus, on Thursday 2 November for its annual seminar. Presentations from North’s Greek team raised awareness around a raft of key issues and recent developments affecting the shipping sector – from environmental concerns due to greenhouse gas emissions and ballast water management through to sanctions, cyber risks, and a shortage of the right crew. Colin Gillespie and Ben Roberts at North provided a wide-ranging assessment of the current cyber security seascape, and why cyber ...

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Greek Shipping Leads the Way

“We must free ourselves from the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.” – Aristotle Onassis It is nearly a decade since the global crisis began, and despite the ongoing austerity and economic uncertainty in Greece, Greek shipping has demonstrated its ability to sail in high winds and weather the storm. With freight rates improving across the board and the new building order book becoming more balanced, along with anticipated scrapping, there is cautious optimism of a sustained recovery in the shipping ...

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West of England Insurance Services Expands in North America

The Club is pleased to announce the opening of an office in North America in the near future. Located in New York and run by Paul Barnes who has recently joined the Club, the office will work in conjunction with the existing claims, underwriting and loss prevention teams in London to service our North American Members as well as providing opportunities to develop new relationships with brokers and shipowners in what continues to be a very important market for the West of England. Full contact details for the office will ...

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New Argentinian Hold and Tank Inspection Requirements

North’s Argentinian correspondent Pandi Liquidores S.R.L have issued circular 008/2017 regarding changes to the National Food and Grain Health authority (SENASA) requirements for vessel hold and tank inspections. SENASA resolution No 693E/2017 entered into force on the 1 November 2017, and outlines the fact that SENASA has now delegated the task of conducting hold and tank inspections to registered private companies. SENASA now therefore maintains a role auditing the listed private companies, and where required resolving disputes between parties. Source: North of England P&I Club

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Carriage of hides and skins in containers

Each year, approximately seven million tons of raw animal hides will be processed and transported around the world in various stages of production before becoming finished leather. The carriage of hides or skins in general purpose containers may lead to problems such as leaking of corrosive brine during transport. Brine leaking from wet salted hides can damage the container floor and paint, contaminate adjacent containers and corrode the ship’s decks and fittings. It can also have an effect on the air supply to reefer containers stored nearby. There is a ...

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Charterers in the middle – mind the gap

It is common in the chartering business for a vessel to have three or more parties in the charterparty chain. A relatively simple (and usual) pattern is that the headowner charters the vessel to a time charterer, who then sub-charters vessel to a voyage charterer. Longer charterparty chains are often-seen as well. The chain may include headowner – bareboat charterer – long-term time charterer – medium-term time charterer – time-charter-trip charterer – voyage charterer. Some charterers in the middle may be under a misconception that, as a party in the ...

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ITIC settles dispute after Turkey bars entry to vessel with Cyprus connections

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) recently settled a dispute between a shipowner and its Turkish agent for losses arising from the refusal of Turkish port authorities to allow a vessel to berth because of its connection to Cyprus. Turkish regulations prohibit any vessel directly or indirectly related to the Republic of Cyprus from calling at Turkish ports. The owner was an existing customer of the agency group appointed to handle the ship’s call in Turkey, but had not called at this particular Turkish port before. In the agent’s pre-arrival messages ...

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“Thank you for life”

Jannike Olsson, Senior Manager, Liquid Cargo Claims, shares her colleague, Alf Ove Stenhagen’s, story of a rescue at sea and the celebration thirty years later organized by one of those saved. At the time, Alf Ove was the Chief Officer on board the DANITA, a product tanker owned by Gard’s Norwegian member, Ugland. The DANITA was sailing in ballast through the South China Sea, en-route from Japan to the Arabian Gulf. During the early hours of 2 June 1987, the lookout on the bridge spotted a fishing vessel that appeared ...

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Loss Prevention – Laid-up Vessel Reactivation Guide

When a vessel has been laid-up the circumstances of the lay-up can be many and varied, depending on numerous factors including the type of vessel, it’s age and condition, as well as the degree of lay-up, duration and location. When a vessel is reactivated from lay-up it is essential that careful attention is paid to all the various factors surrounding the lay-up of the individual vessel, so that it can be safely returned to service, thus ensuring a low likelihood of incidents and claims involving the vessel. In order to ...

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Filipino Disputable Presumption of Work-Related Illness clause requires proof

The Philippines Supreme Court has held that Filipino seafarers must prove that an illness is work-related to claim under the POEA Contract, even though the illness is disputably presumed to be work-related. The first instance court heard a seafarer was diagnosed with a cyst whilst on board the vessel and was treated the next day at a shore medical facility with the cyst being removed. The illness causing the cyst was not included in the list of work-related occupational diseases under the POEA Contract. After treatment the seafarer returned to ...

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Carriage of nickel ore

Gard would like to once again alert Members and clients to the risks involved in the carriage of nickel ore, particularly loaded from ports in Indonesia and the Philippines. The tragic loss of the bulk carrier EMERALD STARalong with ten crew members has again raised concerns about the safety of nickel ore originating from Indonesia and Philippines. No cause of the loss has been confirmed yet, however the ship was carrying nickel ore from Indonesia to China when she sank off the Philippines on 13 October 2017. Nickel ore exports ...

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Biofouling moves up the regulatory agenda

The challenges posed by invasive aquatic species The introduction of invasive aquatic species (IAS) associated with global shipping has been identified as a significant threat to the world’s oceans and coastal ecosystems. A multitude of species, carried either in vessels’ ballast water or on vessels’ hulls, are capable of surviving transit to new environments where they may become invasive by multiplying and out-competing native species. Although it is difficult to quantify the global economic impact of IAS, useful examples include the impact of the zebra and quagga mussels’ introduction in ...

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Revised clearance process of crew and passengers at Singapore ports

In the light of the current security climate, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) has reviewed its process on the clearance of crew and passengers at Singapore ports. With effect from 1 November 2017 the ICA requires that all passengers and seafaring crew disembarking/embarking commercial vessels berthing at PSA and Jurong Ports’ terminals/wharves report to one of the four designated ICA crew offices and undergo security checks on their passports and luggage. In addition, the driver conveying the passengers/crew exiting the port is required to await further instructions ...

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Russell Group unveils risk modelling for marine sector

Amid calls for catastrophe modelling to move beyond property losses and centre its focus towards connected risk, Russell Group has launched ALPS Marine in partnership with IHS Markit Maritime & Trade. Following a slew of major hurricanes, the firms said (re)insurers need a better understanding of the interconnected nature of the underlying risk and the resultant liability complexity. ALPS Marine was designed for the accumulation of vessel and cargo exposures at ports. The firm said it captures world shipping data for comprising operators, fleets, movements and casualties, and integrates with ...

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