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COVID-19 – Maritime sector shows resilience

Over 106,000 people have lost their lives as reported on the WHO COVID-19 dashboard due to the pandemic. In these challenging times, the Maritime sector under the guidance of the IMO, ILO and other industry bodies have issued guidance to ensure that the world-trade continues while ensuring safety for the seafarer, ship and the environment. The ILO has issued an Information note on Maritime Labour issues and coronavirus (COVID-19). It gives guidance on key issues such as: • facilitation of seafarer transit and transfer • employment contracts • minimum manning ...

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The Judicial System in Spain – COVID-19 outbreak

On 14 March 2020 the President of the Spanish Government declared a State of Alarm throughout Spain in an attempt to protect public health from the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a constitutional status that empowers the central government to take exceptional measures in cases of emergency. On 9 April 2020, the parliament voted for an extension to the State of Alarm until 25 April 2020. In relation to legal aspects, the main measures of this State of Alarm are as follows: 1. All procedural terms are automatically suspended for as ...

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TT Talk – COVID-19: heightened risk of fraud

Stakeholders in the international supply chain can find themselves unwittingly exposed to many types of fraud during the normal course of business. Connectedness provides fraudsters greater ease to transact and a lower risk of apprehension. The current pandemic-induced dislocation and additional logistics challenges simply increase the risks. Be alert! Today’s digital business environment provides smoke screens, affording fraudsters the opportunity to minimise their risk whilst being selective in their approach. Victims are typically tracked over a period of time with the fraudster striking when the victim is at their most ...

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Brokers should consider ship valuation wordings due to Coronavirus, says ITIC

During these unprecedented times, the International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) recommends that brokers should consider stressing the current unusual market conditions in their ship valuation certificates. Following the financial crisis of 2008, brokers providing valuations included additional wording in their certificates to reflect and take into account the state of the market at the time. These wordings highlighted that the lack of comparable sales made the assessment of values uncertain. Considering the current ongoing Coronavirus outbreak and the disruption to the market, a number of brokers are reviewing their valuation ...

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Importance of navigational risk reviews

Navigational incidents Over the last 10 years there has been a general increase in the number of claims which relate to the broad description of navigational incidents. These include groundings, collisions and contacts with fixed and floating objects (FFO). The numbers of the relevant pool claims, named because the costs of those claims exceed the retention levels of the individual P&I clubs, are as follows: – grounding 44, collision 45 and FFO 46. The share of those incidents attributable to the Standard Club, along with the costs incurred are; groundings ...

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Covid-19: Guidance on extending STCW Certificates

To maintain the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for seafarers (STCW Convention) 1978, as amended, and the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F), 1995, Administrations will need to co-operate. The IMO recently issued Circular Letter No.4204, in which they petition all issuing Administrations to “take a pragmatic and practical approach with regard to the extension of certificates and endorsements, as strictly necessary, and to notify ships, seafarers and relevant Administrations accordingly”. This memorandum of understanding has been extended ...

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UK P&I Club successfully hosts first in series of live training webinars

The UK P&I Club successfully conducted its first training webinar for Members and the wider maritime industry on 2nd April from its Singapore office, addressing the practical and legal issues related to marine fuel quality. In view of the social distancing measures put into place by the industry across the globe, nearly 600 members of the marine sector registered for the webinar and demonstrated how UK P&I Club is adapting its services to Members. The webinar was held on the subject of ‘Bunker quality Claims’ and was moderated by Captain ...

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North P&I Club supports new digital COVID-19 tool from International Group

A new COVID-19 Tracking Tool developed by global marine insurer North has been made available as a shared resource to the International Group of P&I Clubs. The online tool, first released by North in February, was formally launched via the IG website this week. It details the extent of COVID-19 and the numerous response measures that have been introduced in a single digital dashboard, including country and port specific advice for shipowners, charterers, operators and others. The interactive tool draws on information provided by IG club correspondents worldwide, as well ...

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Covid-19: Guidance on extending West’s enhanced PEME Certificates

This extension is intended to lessen challenges regarding crew changes resulting from travel restrictions and lockdowns being implemented globally. The Club’s certificate may be extended by the issuing clinic through telephone authority. The requirements for the extension are as follows: 1. The seafarer issued with the certificate must be free of concomitant diseases or show evidence of compliance with medication and monitoring such as in the case of diabetics and hypertensives. 2. Diseases that require monitoring, noted at the initial PEME, cannot be extended without the referral to the Club’s ...

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International Group Launches Covid-19 Online Tracking Tool

The International Group of P&I Clubs has just launched a publicly accessible COVID-19 digital tracking tool. The news was notified yesterday by way of a press release from the Group as follows: The International Group (with particular thanks to the North) has today launched a new publicly accessible online digital tool (dashboard) to assist shipowners, charterers, operators and other parties in the maritime sector track country and port specific advice around the world, detailing the measures being put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These are uncertain times ...

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Britain suspends IMO 2020 checks

In an effort to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on supply chains, Britain has temporarily suspended checks on ships for compliance with sulphur regulations. Britain’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency states – ‘in terms of enforcing IMO 2020 and ultimately MARPOL Annex VI requirements, as we have suspended port state control inspections, this also means that the checking of compliant fuel has been suspended.’ The MCA continues to monitor ships calling at UK ports, and will inspect ships if they have received information indicating that an inspection would be appropriate. Source: ...

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USCG issues reminder to ensure the availability of oil response services amid COVID-19

The US Coast Guard issued a reminder on 2 April 2020, about the continual obligation for Oil Spill Response Organizations (OSROs) and salvage and marine firefighting (SMFF) providers to provide the necessary resources to respond to an oil or hazerdous spill. In the Marine Safety Information Bulletin, the USCG stated that all OSROs and SMFF providers are required to notify their clients if they are unable to meet their contractual arrangements to respond with their resources. OSROs are also required to notify the applicable Captain of the Port if the ...

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ITIC warns of issues with receiving original bills of lading

As the world continues to face lockdowns due to the Coronavirus outbreak the International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has issued advice that warns port agents of issues with receiving original bills of lading. During this unprecedented period, port agents may be asked by consignees to deliver goods to them without providing a bill of lading in return. The consignee may claim that they have not received the bill of lading from the shipper or cannot present it to the port agent because of lockdown. In the instance that the original ...

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TT Talk – The strength of the tank container supply chain

UN portable tanks (tank containers) have been used in the international supply chain to distribute bulk cargoes for many years. Having such a deep heritage in the insurance of the maritime containers, naturally TT Club has intimate understanding of the tank container sector, with a current insurable interest in around 53% of the global tank container fleet. March 2020, the International Tank Container Organisation (ITCO) released their 2020 Global tank container fleet survey. This annual survey has become a valuable publication for the industry. It provides a breakdown of the ...

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The impact of Coronavirus – UK Club provides Members with FAQs

The Coronavirus pandemic has understandably generated a significant number of enquiries and questions from Members in recent weeks. In response to these enquiries, the UK P&I Club has sought to inform Members of the guidelines it will be working to and to answer some of the more common questions received regarding the impact of COVID-19 and the operation of Club cover. These FAQs have been placed on the Club’s website. The UK Club has provided guidance to a number of Member enquiries, such as the following: · Where a crewmember ...

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