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Investigating the effects of bridge alarms

As vessels and equipment on board become increasingly smarter, seafarers are required to learn additional skills for the ongoing operation and maintenance of this technology. The installation of additional and new technology on board should always be done with the intention of enhancing the seafarer’s ability to safely and efficiently navigate and operate the vessel. However, with more equipment comes the potential for more alarms. In 2017/2018 the Club ran a survey in conjunction with the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London, to investigate whether alarms on ...

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Notice of readiness and the commencement of laytime

The tender of a valid notice of readiness and the subsequent commencement of laytime has been a fertile area of debate in the English courts and given the financial consequences, will no doubt continue to be litigated. If a notice is required but none is given then strictly, laytime will not start to run. Arbitrators may, however, take a more commercial view and decide on the facts that the charterers were aware or ought to have been aware that the vessel was ready to load and knew that loading was ...

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The London P&I Club – Standard & Poor’s Rating

In December 2018, The London P&I Club was rated by Standard & Poor’s (S&P) as BBB with a stable outlook. This was re-affirmed on 4 June 2019 following a review of our 2018/19 operating results. Subsequently, S&P has published a new Insurance Rating Methodology (IRM) which revises the way it rates insurance organisations, including ourselves. The application of the new IRM has maintained our rating of BBB but now attaches a negative outlook. Ian Gooch, CEO of the club’s managers (A Bilbrough & Co Ltd) says: “Naturally we are disappointed ...

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Eagle Ocean Marine Enjoys Another Successful Year As It Continues To

Eagle Ocean Marine (EOM), the American Club’s fixed premium P & I and FD & D facility, recently completed another year of steady growth and solid profitability. It has also renewed its reinsurance program for another twelve months from July 1 on favorable terms at Lloyd’s. Its consistently strong operating performance, together with an established reputation for service excellence, augur well for EOM’s continuing success over the years ahead. EOM offers attentive, competitively-priced Protection and Indemnity and Freight, Demurrage and Defense insurance to the operators of smaller vessels, typically those ...

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Watch out for open manholes and displaced deck gratings

The first incident involved a night-time production operator on a fixed facility who was found to be missing from the platform during morning rounds. The personnel onboard noticed a section of grating displaced in the upright position with the missing person’s hardhat and clipboard next to the grating. It is thought that prior to the incident the deck area was taped off with red “DANGER” tape but was not hard barricaded to prevent a flow of personnel. In the second incident a crew member had completed work on a well ...

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The Discount Rate: Has the Government gone far enough?

The Lord Chancellor last week announced a change in the discount rate following a review under the Civil Liability Act 2018. As of 5 August 2019, the discount rate will increase from -0.75% to -0.25%. The discount rate is a figure used to help calculate lump sum compensation payments for high value personal injury claims. It reflects the fact that a Claimant will invest a lump sum payment and receive a return on such investment. The Club published an article in 2018 which focused on the ongoing saga of the ...

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Port state to focus on readiness of ship and crew in an emergency

The Tokyo and Paris MOUs will this year carry out a joint concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on emergency systems and procedures. The CIC will run from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and, at the time of writing, it has been announced that the Black Sea, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, Riyadh and Viña del Mar MOUs will also participate in the campaign. This year’s CIC aims to ensure compliance with the requirements for the preparation of emergency equipment and the crew’s ability to respond to emergency situations. Like previous years, the ...

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Chubb innovates in marine insurance with instant shipment insurance

Chubb announced today it will provide instant shipment insurance on the Networked Trade Platform (NTP) via its Value-Added Service (VAS) listing. Catering to the needs of the transport community, a wide range of goods including commercial containerised cargo, household goods, parcel freight and speciality items, like works of art, can now be insured instantly on the NTP. Currently, Chubb offers automated shipment insurance in Australia, Korea and Singapore. This allows traders, logistics service providers, carriers, and even insurance intermediaries to obtain an insurance quotation and bind cover within minutes. The ...

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Guy Harris from Britannia swims the Channel

On 10 July 2019, Guy Harris, an Associate Claims Director and Correspondent Manager at Tindall Riley (Britannia) Limited fulfilled a childhood dream and successfully completed a non-stop swim across the English Channel in a time of 16 hours and 39 minutes in just his Speedo’s, swim hat and goggles. Assisted by his support team and the Channel Pilot Federation escort boat, ANASTASIA, Guy actually ended up swimming significantly more than the 21 miles direct straight crossing because of the prevailing weather conditions and local tidal ranges! The AIS plot of ...

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Compliance with ISPM 15

The club has come across a few cases where the ships on a voyage from South Africa to the USA were refused entry in the port on the grounds of non-compliance of wood packaging materials with the ISPM 15. The financial losses arising from such non-compliance and refusal of entry were substantial. ISPM 15 is the acronym used for ‘International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures Publication No. 15: Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade’. The full text of this standard is available from the International Phytosanitary Portal. Under ...

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MARPOL annex VI – Sulphur Cap 2020 – Tank cleaning guidance

The majority of ships are expected to use distillate fuel 0.50% sulphur limit taking effect on 1 January 2020. Most of these ships will have been using high viscosity High Sulphur Fuel Oil (HSFO) based primarily on residual fuel oils. Such fuels tend to stick to the inside of fuel tanks forming layers of semi-solid substances containing sediments and asphaltenic sludge. Such residues will also typically have solidified and settled in various parts of the fuel oil service system including pipelines, settling and service tanks. Chemicals additives are used by ...

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West of England P&I Club strengthens its Fixed team

The West of England, a leading A-rated mutual marine insurer, is pleased to announce the further strengthening of its Fixed P&I underwriting team. Tom Davies has joined the Club to enhance the existing team dedicated to underwriting Fixed P&I cover, bringing experience from his previous role at Lodestar where he serviced European, Middle East and South East Asian business. Tom Bowsher, Group CEO, noted that: “Fixed P&I is an important part of our product mix but it requires selective underwriting in this challenging market sector. We’re delighted to welcome Tom ...

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The Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

In a press release of 17 July 2019 the WHO has declared the EVD outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The decision is based on the recent geographical expansion of the virus including the first confirmed case in Goma, a city of almost two million people on the border with Rwanda. The WHO has assessed the public health risk to be very high at the national level and high at the regional level. The health risk to seafarers and on a global level is still considered low, due ...

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Standard Club: Piraeus office reopened

Following the earthquake which took place in Athens on Friday, we are pleased to inform brokers and members that the office has been reopened and business is as usual. If you need to speak to a member of the team, you can find their contact details here. In the interim period, staff were able to work remotely, and we are pleased to say that business was not interrupted by this incident. We hope that our friends in Athens and the surrounding area were similarly unaffected by the earthquake and remain ...

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Asian gypsy moth infested vessels delayed in North American ports

In a joint bulletin of July 2019, the United States (US) and Canada remind ship operators of the importance of adhering to strict sanitation standards when arriving in North America from one of the countries regulated for AGM, i.e. East Russia, Japan, Korea, and Northern China. Several vessels have recently experienced delays when entering North American ports due to AGM being found onboard. Among these are also vessels that had been inspected and certified free of AGM prior to departing the regulated country. “Possessing a valid certificate in no way ...

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