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UAE: Port of Fujairah – High Acid Number and possible contamination of fuel

As per the enclosed advice by Lloyd’s Register a number of fuel oil samples from deliveries in Fujairah have been found to have an elevated Total Acid Number (TAN). The tested TAN values were all significantly above the average for the port (0.17mgKOH/g), with some exceeding the maximum 2.5 mgKOH/g specification limit as stipulated in ISO 8217:2017. Past experience has shown that some of these components have been linked with severe operational problems, particularly around filters, fuel injection pumps and fuel injectors. Source: Skuld

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Enforceability of LOIs – a practical guide

In the normal course of trade, situations may arise whereby shipowners are subjected to commercial pressure to take certain actions – involving additional risks – in return for receiving a Letter of Indemnity (LOI) from their charterers, shippers or other third parties. Such letters in effect promise the shipowner that if they do what the issuer asks – specifically something that they are not obliged to do – then the issuer will ensure that they do not suffer any loss as a consequence. Shipowners may be asked to accept an ...

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Container ship fires: Gard conference promotes the value of industry collaboration

Container ship fires are a growing concern. Fires, originating from dangerous goods in containers, whether wrongfully declared or not, occur with alarming frequency. Gard’s cargo claims team determined that on average there has been a fire onboard a container ship weekly during the first half of 2019 and this does not include “near misses”. Obviously, such fires endanger the lives of the crew – a burning ship mid-ocean is a very dangerous place and being tasked to tackle such a fire exponentially adds to the risk. The Increasing TEU volumes, ...

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American Club: Sulfur Cap 2020 Update

In view of the fast approaching IMO 2020 legislation, Members are reminded of some important issues to consider and ensure to have in place prior to January 1, 2020 including preparations for port State control (PSC) inspections. • Bunker contracts and agreements with suppliers to be in place well before 2020; • Legal review of charter party bunker clauses should be completed; • A documented ship-specific IMO recommended implementation plan as set forth in MEPC.1/Circ.878, Guidance on the Development of a Ship Implementation Plan for the Consistent Implementation of the ...

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Stop malware finding its way onto your computer systems

Malware, short for malicious software, is designed to damage files or entire computer systems, steal data, or disrupt networks. Malware can be viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, adware, backdoors, rootkits, and bots. There are numerous inexpensive Antivirus software programs available to protect your IT and OT systems from malware, but first line of protection is knowing how malware spreads so you can avoid it in the first place. Malware will enter your computer in one of three ways: As a download from a web page: If you use the latest version ...

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Leanne O’Loughlin appointed Regional Director

Thomas Miller, Managers of the UK P&I Club, have appointed Leanne O’Loughlin as Regional Director of Thomas Miller Americas (P&I/FD&D) in its New Jersey office. Leanne, a qualified lawyer in Ireland, England and New York, joins from Standard P&I Club, where she held various roles for nearly a decade in both the UK and the USA, latterly having been President/Regional Director in its New York office. Prior to this, Leanne worked as a litigation solicitor in Dublin with law firm Lennon Heather. Leanne will work closely with current CEO of ...

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The West of England teams up with leading law firm in Denmark, Gorrissen Federspiel, to deliver seminar on current topics

West of England P&I Club, (“West”) a leading mutual insurer, is strengthening its efforts to ensure that its Members are fully conversant with the latest position on a range of legal matters. The most recent seminar, which took place in October at the Nimb Hotel in Copenhagen, a country where West has many owner and charterer Members, was run in conjunction with Gorrissen Federspiel, a leading law firm in Denmark with strong international relations. The seminar was very well attended, with around 52 delegates, who were provided with an update ...

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Surge in fraudulent registries

In light of a spike in fraudulent vessel registrations, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is seeking to combat rogue national flag registries operating without the knowledge of governments they claim to represent. For instance, the global maritime regulator has recently reported that 73 vessels were unlawfully flying the flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 91 vessels were illegally registered under the flag of Fiji and 150 vessels were unlawfully registered under the flag of the Federated States of Micronesia. To address this challenge, IMO is developing a comprehensive ...

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Mental health and seafarers: It’s time to talk

Seafarers live and work under more challenging conditions than most of us. They are exposed to an environment that stays with them 24/7 for the duration of their tenure on board the vessel. This Insight addresses some of the key issues that affect their mental health every day of their working lives while they are on board the vessel. Some factors can be controlled and others cannot. Knowing what can be controlled provides an opportunity to make the positive changes. Before looking for solutions, it is important to understand what ...

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India bans single-use plastic onboard ships

On 16 October 2019, the Indian Directorate General of Shipping issued Order No.05 of 2019, prohibiting the use of single use plastic items onboard ships. The new rule applies to both Indian and foreign flagged ships and prohibits the use onboard of the following items made of plastic whilst in Indian territorial waters: With immediate effect: • cutlery, plates and cups; • bottles up to 10 liters for water and other drinks; • garbage and shopping bags; and • dispensing containers for cleaning fluids that are less than 10 liters ...

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Steamship Mutual Financial Update and 2020 Renewal

At Steamship Mutual’s Board Meeting on 22 October 2019, the Directors reviewed the Club’s financial position and decided on the policy for the forthcoming February 2020 renewal. During the Board Meeting a number of developments were reported: • The entered gross tonnage increased by 2.4m tons in the current year to September with current year claims and Pool claims at higher levels than in preceding years. Overall prior year claims are developing favourably; however, the current year combined ratio is projected to exceed 100%. • At the 2020/21 renewal there ...

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Britannia Announces New Chairman

The Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association Limited (Britannia) has announced that on 15 October, Nigel Palmer OBE retired as chairman of the Britannia Board and was succeeded by Tony Firmin. Nigel started his career as a cadet with BP Tanker Co., where he rose to the rank of Master before taking on various corporate roles within BP prior to retiring in 2004. He then became a director on the Britannia Board before taking on the role of chairman in May 2008. Tony joined Hapag-Lloyd in 1995, initially as Finance Director ...

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Standard Club to Raise Rates

The board reviewed the club’s financial position, the open policy years and the requirements for the 2020 renewal at the recent board meeting. FINANCIAL POSITION This year is anticipated to result in a similar underwriting deficit to last year and while the investment return is likely to contribute positively to the result, free reserves are forecast to reduce. Overall the club’s finances remain strong and reserves are sufficiently in excess of regulatory and rating agency requirements. OPEN POLICY YEARS P&I Class After a number of relatively benign years, the 2018/19 ...

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Have you signed up to My Standard Club?

My Standard Club gives members and brokers one central place to access key information relevant to their relationship with the Standard Club. The online platform allows convenient secure access 24/7 to documentation and reports. Documentation The portal houses all cover documentation, including Certificates of Entry, endorsements, Blue Cards/MLC Certificates, COFR documents, claims invoices, and debit and credit notes where applicable. All documents are uploaded within an hour of being created to ensure the information is always up to date and accurate. Users can then view, download, save and/or print the ...

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Ban on single-use plastics in Indian waters

Members with ships trading to and from India are advised to take note of the requirements on ‘Prohibition on use of Single Use Plastics’ (here), issued by the Directorate General of Shipping, India on 16 October 2019. Following requirements apply to all Indian ships and foreign ships in any port or place in India: Items prohibited with immediate effect: • Cutlery, plates and cups • Up to 10 litre bottles for water and other drinks • Garbage and shopping bags • Dispensing containers for cleaning fluids which are less than ...

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