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Use of open loop scrubber when transiting Turkish Straits

Members with ships fitted with scrubbers and transiting through the Turkish Straits are advised that based on the information received by the club’s local correspondent, and even though there is no formal limitation or ban on the discharge of scrubber wash-water, there are concerns that the environmental authorities in Turkey may fine the ship if the samples collected from the overboard discharge line is suspected to be a pollutant. Based on the attached circular from Omur Marine, article 8 of the environment code describes the pollution prohibition as follows: ‘It ...

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COVID-19 Personal Injury Protocol

A new ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) Personal Injury Protocol’ was launched in the UK on 24 March 2020 by Thompsons Solicitors and the Association of British Insurers (ABI), to ensure personal injury solicitors – both defendant and claimant – and insurers work together to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Given that there are currently hundreds of thousands of active personal injury claims in the UK, law firms and insurers are encouraged to sign up to the protocol to ensure neither the claimant or defendant to a personal injury claim is unfairly impacted ...

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A strong year of development for The Swedish Club

https://mailchi.mp/c5ffb2816b04/press-release-a-strong-year-of-development-for-the-swedish-club?e=29f75e9184 The Swedish Club announced a strong year of development to its Board yesterday, a year which saw healthy growth of free reserves and business volume increase. The Club made an operating result of USD 24.6 million supported by strong investment income. Investment alone generated a return just short of 10%. Free reserves stood at USD 228 million at the end of the accounting year. With a strong focus on underwriting, the year finished with a combined ratio of 106%, a demonstration of resilience in a challenging trading environment. Following ...

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Guidance For The Loading Of Steel Cargoes Where Third-Party Surveyors Are Prevented From Attending Vessels Due To Covid-19 Restrictions

Your Managers are aware that, in some ports, regulations designed to inhibit the spread of the COVID-19 virus have prevented, and continue to prevent, third-party surveyors from attending vessels about to load finished steel products, the coverage of which is predicated upon the attendance of such surveyors – as well as the fulfillment of other requirements – in accordance with standard steel cargo survey clause wordings. In these cases, which it is hoped will be comparatively rare, the Club will nonetheless be prepared to consider coverage of cargoes of finished ...

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Coronavirus: Challenges in meeting operational and regulatory requirements

The Club understands that in view of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, owners and managers are facing challenges in meeting various statutory requirements. The situation has been particularly impactful on the requirements stipulated by the Maritime Labour Convention (as applicable) and also in making arrangements for mandatory surveys and audits necessary for statutory certification. With regards to the Maritime Labour Convention, these challenges are most prevalent in the crewing of vessels which have lead to an inability to timely repatriate seafarers at the end of the period listed in their ...

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News: COVID-19 – the club’s offices

The club has put the following arrangements in place in response to the Novel Coronavirus. Hong Kong Our Hong Kong office remains closed for the time being in line with the government advice. Our staff are working remotely, click here for contact details. Full service is maintained. Singapore Our Singapore office remains open but staff are working flexibly in line with government advice. Full service is maintained, click here for contact details. New York Our New York office remains open but staff are working flexibly in line with government advice. ...

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Correspondents and COVID-19

By way of reassurance to our members, the club’s correspondents continue to operate and provide a full support service during the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes providing useful COVID-19 updates affecting their respective region and ports. Some correspondents, in particular those in Europe and the Far East, have closed their main offices due to their respective government policies and are working remotely. However, all are contactable via their usual mobile telephone and email contacts details and, where relevant, are available via their 24/7 emergency contact details. Our advice therefore remains that ...

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Steady on the stairs!

Walking up or down stairs is different from walking on level ground. Each step, instead of initiating on the heel, initiates on the toes and the ball of the foot and extra effort is required to transfer the weight vertically, up or down. According to the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE UK), the highest chance of a person falling in a staircase is during the swing phase of the trailing leg and the injuries sustained by a person when descending stairs (walking down) are more serious compared to a ...

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Condition Survey Requirement For Tankers Carrying Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) As Cargo

As part of a concerted industry effort to ensure higher ship standards, the International Group of P&I Clubs continues to implement survey triggers for seagoing vessels of 10 years of age or more carrying HFO. As a consequence, all sea-going vessels aged 10 years or more which have carried heavy HFO as cargo within the previous 12 months will be subject to condition survey, unless: the vessel has undergone a P&I club condition survey during the previous 12 months; or the vessel has undergone a Special Survey during the previous ...

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The Shipowners’ Club: The ongoing development of COVID-19 requires that we regularly review our day to day operational practices.

From 16th March, following UK Government advice, the London branch of the Club will temporarily close with all London staff working remotely. Despite the London branch closure, it remains very much business as usual with all staff able to service our Members and their brokers remotely. Our focus will remain towards offering the highest service levels and fundamentally supporting our Membership with their claims, operational liabilities and providing their insurance solutions. The Club’s main switch board will continue to receive calls, and these will be diverted as appropriate to staff ...

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West of England: Response to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation

Following the British Government’s latest advice regarding measures to assist in preventing the spread of Coronavirus, the Club’s London office will be closed with effect from Wednesday 18th March until further notice. All business travel has also been suspended until further notice. All staff will work from home and can be contacted in the usual way either by email or telephone on their office landline numbers or their mobile devices, full details of which are available via our website. The Club has well-tested business interruption policies and procedures in place ...

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UK Government issues COVID-19 Shipping and Sea Ports Guidance

On 16 March 2020 the UK government issued guidance to assist ships (including cargo vessels, ferries and cruise ships) and sea ports in providing advice to staff on addressing COVID-19 on ships and in sea ports. The main messages of the guidance are: • Before boarding the ship, crew and passengers should be asked if they have a new, continuous cough or a high temperature. • If someone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they should be sent home or to their cabin. • Everyone ...

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New annexes broaden scope of BIMCO Supplytime 2017

The BIMCO Supplytime contract remains one of the most popular and well used contracts of all of the offshore contracts drafted by BIMCO. Members are reminded that the Supplytime contract was updated in 2017. Ursula O’Donnell was a member of the Supplytime 2005 revision subcommittee. For further information on Supplytime 2017, see the club’s previous news item which can be found in the link on the right. BIMCO have published four special task annexes for Supplytime 2017 that cover activities which are not addressed in the main agreement. They cover: ...

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Coronavirus: Impact on marine insurance

There is much in the press about the economic impact of the Coronavirus (CoVid19) outbreak on tourism and supply chain/trade disruption with China. The insurance industry is already affected for example by cruise line passengers, crew P&I and event cancellation claims; similarly marine business generally, for example, by the invocation of force majeure/delay clauses in relation to charterparties and newbuilding/scrubber refit contracts with Chinese yards. The physical damage requirement Less obvious is the potential impact on marine insurance. Marine policies are typically triggered by physical damage. One can foresee physical ...

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Always online with Skuld

We are very mindful that the Coronavirus is a concern globally, and Skuld is continuously following and adhering to advice from national health authorities in local offices. This means that everyone in Skuld, except for our work force in the Skuld Hong Kong office, is now working full time from home. All travelling has been postponed and meetings will take place online, via Skype or by telephone. As a member, client or broker with Skuld, you can access your account data on Skuld.com logged-in pages, 24/7. All our employees have ...

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