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West P&I Club announces 15% general increase in response to market conditions

The Board of the West of England P&I Club has today announced a 15% general increase for mutual P&I and FD&D Members. This reflects another challenging year for the P&I industry, as record IG Pool claims and pandemic-related liabilities remain a persistent challenge. The Pool continues at record levels in terms of the magnitude of claims and this trend shows no sign of abatement. At the six months position this year, the incurred cost of the Pool already exceeds that of the same position in 2020 which was itself a ...

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Sailors’ Society Wellness at Sea – 21 Day Workout Challenge

Seafarer wellbeing has been a focal topic for Standard Club in recent years, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic and we are proud to be working in partnership with Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea programme, sharing helpful advice and resources over the coming weeks. As many international organisations and governments continue to navigate travel lanes for various groups of people, seafarers remain one of those who are heavily affected when it comes to travel restrictions and crew changes. In stressful times, it is easy to succumb to circumstances that are beyond ...

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Mental Health in an Unequal World

The theme for World Mental Health Day 2021 is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’. This theme was chosen by a global vote including members of the World Federation for Mental Health. It was chosen because of widening health, economic and social inequalities in the world we live in. Access to mental health services is unequal, with most people in low-income countries unable to access mental health services at all. The investment in mental health, even in higher income countries, is disproportionate to the overall health budget and there are ...

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Navigating decarbonisation: understanding the EU-ETS

With the European Union’s carbon trading scheme expected to include shipping from 2023, shipowners should review their contractual arrangements in good time to ensure the liability for the cost of compliance is properly addressed, says North P&I Club’s Alvin Forster and Helen Barden The EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) is the world’s largest carbon-trading scheme and operates in all EU countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. Starting in 2005, the scheme focused on the power and manufacturing industries, but in 2019, the European Commission (EC) announced its new ...

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South Africa upholds its strict stowaway policy

According to our local correspondent in South Africa, P&I Associates (Pty) Ltd, stowaways continue to board vessels in the country’s ports far too frequently. The correspondent also confirms that the strict stowaway policy applied by the South African authorities will not change, and that the current regulations in the country are as follows: • No stowaways will, as a general rule, be permitted to be landed in South Africa. • Any unlawful persons that gain access to a vessel in a South African port will automatically be declared as ‘stowaways’ ...

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Thomas Miller Specialty, in partnership with HDI Global SE, launches marine and energy offshore capability in Singapore

Thomas Miller Specialty, a global insurance provider across a number of sectors including marine and offshore, has recruited senior marine and energy underwriter Mark Nunn as its specialist offshore underwriter in Asia Pacific. An insurance specialist with extensive knowledge of the offshore market in Asia Pacific, Mark has worked in Singapore since 2013. Mark joins from Lloyd’s syndicate Markel International where he worked as an energy underwriter having previously worked at Marsh as a broker and client executive in both Singapore and London. Mark is the first employee of Thomas ...

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Eleventh Circuit decision holds US courts do not have to construe disputed medical evidence in maintenance and cure cases in favor of crewmembers

Introduction Under the general maritime law of the US, the employer of a Jones Act seaman who falls ill while in the service of the ship has a “no fault” obligation to provide maintenance, cure and unearned wages through the end of the voyage. It is the obligation of the seaman to establish entitlement to maintenance and cure. Before beginning benefit payments, the Jones Act employer is entitled to conduct a reasonable investigation into the seaman’s claim for benefits. The case discussed below is an important decision for members to ...

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TT Talk – Protecting cargo from wet damage

Claims relating to wet damage to cargo are all too frequent. Many of these can be avoided entirely with a robust pre-loading condition checking procedure. While humidity and condensation are inevitable challenges through the supply chain, pre-existing CTU damages should be an easy check. As TT regularly articulates, around 65% of cargo damage incidents are attributable in part to the way that goods are packed within the cargo transport unit (CTU). The CTU Code and the more recent ‘CTU Code – a quick guide’ and complementary container packing checklist published ...

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TT Talk – Legal eagle: not a bill of lading

An interesting Singapore case that investigates what relationship there is between contracts of sale and contracts of carriage. In the circumstances, it was impossible for holders of the bills of lading to attribute the traditional characteristics where the sale contract was silent. The facts Cargoes of bunkers were loaded onto bunker barges, including the Luna, at Singapore for on-loading onto oceangoing ships. Bills of lading were issued by the Singapore terminal and subsequently signed by the masters of the barges. After loading the bills were sent to the shippers, who ...

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Container Shipping: Winter is coming!

The onset of Covid caused immediate recession in production and trade. The bounce-back came quickly and hard, which is good news for logistic companies and container carriers. Commentators have, however, called it a container shipping crisis depending on their perspective. The major ports in Asia, USA and Europe have become bottlenecks as covid outbreaks and restrictions slow operations down. We have seen temporary closing of terminals, massive congestion of vessels in some ports and lack of empty containers in others. Cancelled sailings have caused headaches for cargo shippers. Blockage of ...

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TT Talk – Changing climatic risk

Everyone is well aware of weather conditions in their locality; those with responsibility for operating cargo facilities are likely to be acutely conscious of changes in local climatic conditions. Many will have seen tidal surges, wind microbursts and unprecedented rainfall become more common. Operators of warehouses, terminals and port areas need to keep ‘fresh’ their assessment of the changing risk profile in relation to climate experience in order to protect personnel, operations, equipment, fixed property and infrastructure, and importantly customers’ goods. Meteorological understanding is doubtless advancing and the related technologies ...

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IUMI supports Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization

The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) fully endorses the Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization that was announced last month by the Getting to Zero Coalition. The Call to Action unites the voices of more than 150 industry leaders, companies and organizations representing the entire maritime value chain, including shipping, cargo, energy, finance, ports, and infrastructure. The collective is calling for decisive government action, public policy development and investment to enable the full decarbonization of international shipping in line with the Paris Agreement temperature goal. IUMI President Richard Turner ...

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Stop Work project: Strengthening the dialogue on safe working in the maritime industry

The Standard Club, alongside other international partners, is honoured to be part of the Stop Work project, led by Raccoon Games and Quattor P, a safety consultancy and research agency. The project’s aim is to deliver an educational game for seafarers, that will teach its participants in a fun manner the critical importance of stopping work whenever an unforeseen event arises. As a major marine liability insurer, the Standard Club frequently learns of serious accidents and incidents which arise as the people involved failed to assess risks present and think ...

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COVID-19 – Singapore enhances crew change procedure

The Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has released a new Port Marine Circular PMC 38 of 2021 on the enhancement to their crew change requirements to safeguard the wellbeing of seafarers undergoing crew change in Singapore. The new requirements which kick in from 4 October 2021 will include: A new streamlined application process which will replace the current online form portal Online application form Source: The Standard Club

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Bulkers and Boxes – Let’s talk and find a solution together

As has been publicised recently, there has been an increased global trade emerging where bulk carriers are being chartered to carry containers. Whilst container cargo can be carried on a bulk carrier, it is of the upmost importance that statutory, classification and safety requirements are identified and addressed prior to commencing the trade. It is also important to appreciate that from the perspective of insurers, a bulk carrier changing from the carriage of cargoes in bulk to container cargoes may also be considered as an alteration of risk. As such, ...

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