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CTRL Marine Solutions Ltd announce their acquisition by Campbell Johnston Clark (CJC)

CTRL Marine Solutions Ltd, a law firm and marine consultancy which provides bespoke Claims, Technical, Risk and Legal services at favourable rates and on flexible terms, has announced that it is to be acquired by Campbell Johnston Clark (CJC). CTRL Marine Solutions Ltd (which is wholly owned by The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (Luxembourg)) was one of the first of its kind, providing over stretched in-house legal and technical departments with the best Claims, Technical, Risk and Legal (CTRL) service for their clients and the Shipowners Club’s Members. ...

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International Group reports record year for education

Since it launched in 2010, the International Group’s P&I Qualification (P&IQ) programme has grown to become one of the shipping industry’s foremost professional courses. In 2020, with its international reach and network, the IG P&IQ found itself perfectly positioned to deliver its courses and exams online. This led to the greatest participation levels to date, with 657 candidates sitting P&IQ examinations in the year. The qualification provides invaluable knowledge for those working in the maritime sphere, including the structure of the shipping industry, the history and operation of P&I Clubs ...

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Sailor’s Society Wellness at Sea – 10 ways to look after your mental health at sea

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 a period of 27 weeks. As a seafarer, many things are competing for your attention onboard and life can get stressful being out at sea for extended periods of time. In recent times, matters have only become more challenging as you are not only faced with a pandemic, but you ...

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Lack of shore leave causing distress to many, reveals Q2 Seafarers Happiness Index

The Mission to Seafarers has published the latest Seafarers Happiness Index report for the second quarter of 2021, painting a grim picture of seafarer welfare with overall happiness dropping to an all-time low since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the Standard Club’s continuing commitment to safety at sea and focus on seafarer wellbeing, this year the Club has partnered with the Mission to Seafarers, alongside Wallem Group to support the 2021 Seafarers Happiness Index report. The Q2 report revealed that seafarers were becoming frustrated of being ...

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Skuld’s ‘A’ Rating with stable outlook affirmed by Standard & Poor’s

Skuld maintains a strong relationship with both its members and brokers due to its strong service fundamentals and recognized brand, according to S&P. On 28 July 2021, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) ratings services reaffirmed its ‘A’ rating on Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig). The outlook is stable. S&P Credit Highlights • The stable outlook reflects our expectation that Skuld’s capital adequacy will remain well above our ‘AA’ benchmark over the next 12-24 months. • The club has historically recorded less volatility in results than its P&I club peers. “The club is likely ...

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Britannia P&I publishes first sustainability report

With its inaugural sustainability report, Britannia P&I is defining the starting position of its sustainability initiative and roadmap for the future. The report outlines how Britannia P&I is embedding the management of climate related risk into its business strategy and integrating sustainability into its core processes. Climate change represents a material financial risk to all regulated firms and the financial system. Britannia P&I, as an insurer, is equally exposed to this risk. However, sustainability encompasses not only climate change but also informs a company’s overall approach to improving corporate social ...

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Wellness and welfare tips

Seafarer wellbeing has been a focal topic for Standard Club in recent years, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic and we are always heartened when we see other organisations echoing this belief and doing more for seafarers in this aspect. Safety4Sea recognises the advantages of promoting positive mental health and advises on developing a mental health strategy that can bring about vast improvements in both employee wellbeing and overall work efficiency. In view of the pandemic, there have been various disruptions and changes to our daily lives and how we work, ...

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Port State Control (PSC) Concentrated Inspection Campaigns (CICs) for 2021

Every year the Paris and the Tokyo MoUs jointly conduct a CIC on a specific aspect on the safety of shipping. In response to incidents related to incorrect loading conditions or missing intact stability documentation, the 2020 CIC would have focused on ‘Stability (in general)’; however, due to COVID-19 it was postponed. This year, it has been confirmed that the CIC on ‘Stability (in general)’ will be carried out by the Paris and Tokyo MoUs from 1 September 2021 to 30 November 2021. The Black Sea, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, Riyadh ...

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Risk mitigation: it’s all about effective communication

As a mutual provider of insurance cover, TT Club’s primary mission is the reduction of risk in the international supply chain. Succinct communication on a broad spectrum of relevant safety and security matters is of foremost importance in achieving this aim in an industry which is multi-national and multi-cultural. The latest communication device that TT has launched is TT Brief. These two-sided infographic-style advice sheets are aimed at specific risks, for example fraud and road safety, and also include guidance on general good practice to avoid loss, such as attention ...

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A guide to mental health at sea

Seafarer wellbeing has been a focal topic for Standard Club in recent years, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic and we are always heartened when we see other organisations echoing this belief and doing more for seafarers in this aspect. Mental Health Support Solutions have recently published a new pocket book on A Guide to Mental Health at Sea. Specifically targeted at seafarers, it will present seafarers with helpful tips and easy ways to improve their wellbeing on board and ashore. Through simple methods, theories and illustrations seafarers can learn how ...

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Standard Club: Directors’ Report for the year ended 20 February 2021

To the Members of The Shipowners’ Mutual Strike Insurance Association Europe In accordance with our duties as Directors of The Shipowners’ Mutual Strike Insurance Association Europe (“Strike Insurance Europe”), we hereby present the statutory accounts for the year ended 20 February 2021. The technical account shows a profit of $99.898, with an overall profit of $13.579, compared with the period ended 2020 which produced a technical loss of $1.727.742, with an overall loss of $1.775.484. Gross calls, before reinsurance, decreased from $21.048.177 in 2020 to $586.321 in 2021 and gross ...

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UK Club issues crew health advice on hernias

Sophia Bullard, Crew Health Director at UK P&I Club, discusses hernias, their impact on crew and the disruptive effects on seafarers’ lives: “A hernia develops when a section of the intestine, or other tissue in the abdomen, pushes through a layer of muscle that has become weakened. In seafarers we see this weakness in the muscles due to ageing, being overweight, bowel problems such as constipation or most commonly, by lifting things that are too heavy. This causes repeated strain on the muscles which then leads to weakness and potential ...

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Sailors’ Society Wellness at Sea – advice for when it feels life is spiralling out of control

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 a period of 27 weeks. What happens when life spirals out of control? From time to time an event or series of events can leave us feeling depleted and overwhelmed. Whether something happens to a loved-one or yourself – a sudden illness, an accident, living within a pandemic, or natural ...

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IMO 2020 and beyond: Guidelines for fuel oil sampling and designated sampling points

The club previously published an artice on the ‘sampling of fuel oil used on board (PSC enforcement criteria)’. This article was published based on the outcome of the 74th session of IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC-74). During MEPC-75 meeting, that was held in November-2020, new amendments to MARPOL Annex VI were adopted through Resolution MEPC.324(75). These amendments will enter into force on 1 April 2022. It introduces new requirements for fuel oil sampling points and outline methods for sampling fuel oil to validate its sulphur content. Fuel oil samples ...

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Cargo Integrity Group calls for risk-based measures to prevent pest contamination

The international freight transport organisations of the Cargo Integrity Group are calling for urgent action from actors in global supply chains to reduce the risk of pest transference through international cargo movements. The five partners[i] in the Cargo Integrity Group, known as CIG, recognise the vital importance of focusing on the threat of invasive pests to natural resources across the world, and of the urgency in crafting risk reduction measures that address the situation. This call to action[ii] follows the intentions by pest control experts under the auspices of the ...

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