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The Standard Club launches new business model

The Standard Club announces the launch of its new business model as the separation from Charles Taylor is complete. This new model will enable the club’s Board to manage day-to-day operations for the long-term benefit of its members and brokers by bringing its core management operations ‘in-house’. Charles Taylor will continue to provide a range of support services including the club’s technology infrastructure and services, investment management, internal audit and other support services. Charles Taylor Group companies will also be key providers to the club and its members for loss ...

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Joint Paris And Tokyo Memoranda Of Understanding Concentrated Inspection Campaign (Cic): Ship Stability In General

The Member Authorities of the Tokyo and the Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control will launch a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Stability (in general). The purpose of the campaign on ship stability in general is to: • confirm that the ship’s crew are familiar with assessing the actual stability condition on completion of cargo operations before departure of the ship and on all stages of the voyage; • create awareness among the ship’s crew and owners about the importance of calculating the actual stability condition ...

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Introducing Jessie Elizabeth Shifalo, this year’s winner of Gard co-sponsored writing competition

For the last six years, Gard (North America) has been a co-sponsor and a finalist judge in the annual American Bar Association Admiralty and Maritime Law Student Writing Competition, which solicits written articles on marine law topics from law students throughout the United States. This year’s winner is Ms. Jessie Elizabeth Shifalo, and her article is entitled: ‘The Garamendi Amendment: How Four Words Changed the Entire Offshore Wind Industry in America’, which discusses the issue of the cabotage provisions of the U.S. Jones Act statute and how it has wide ...

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Septo Trading Inc. v Tintrade Limited – A useful reminder of how courts deal with conflicting clauses

Standard charterparty forms such as GENCON or NYPE will typically be used as the starting point for fixture negotiations. Both parties to the contract will then add bespoke clauses to fit their respective needs. Where parties have been involved in several consecutive fixtures together they may go so far as to base each recap on the previous terms, with amendments to suit any new requirements. Disputes may then arise when these new clauses conflict with the standard charterparty terms on which the contract was originally based. While it does not ...

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Cargo abandonment

Cargo abandonment occurs when cargo interests fail to collect the cargo or the take the delivery order, most commonly at the port of discharge. The reasons behind abandonment of cargo may vary, for example, it may be a result of the receiver’s insolvency, damage or delay to the cargo, or issues under the sales contract. The increase of cargo abandonment during COVID-19 is largely attributed to the various lockdowns imposed worldwide and the recessions experienced by global economies. In cases of cargo abandonment, members may find themselves faced with various ...

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The Seafarers Happiness Index (SHI) Quarter 2 2021 results reflect the need for wider vaccination programmes

The Seafarers Happiness Index (SHI) Quarter 2 2021 results are a measure of the happiness level of seafarers amidst the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, with severe global and maritime industry issues again being brought to the fore. Unfortunately, the latest Seafarers Happiness Index from the Mission to Seafarers paints a harrowing picture, revealing a grim picture of seafarer welfare with overall happiness dropping to an all-time low since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Seafarers were frustrated of being constantly in the same environment and this quarter’s report has ...

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Fires in containers caused by Seed Cake

The carriage of Seed Cake cargoes continues to cause confusion and the potential for mis-declaration remains high with the consequent risk of fire onboard. Recently, a container ship entered with Gard was about to depart its port of loading when the crew observed smoke coming from one of the portside bays. An inspection of the area confirmed that a fire had developed inside one of the containers. The crew used one of the ship’s water mist lances to penetrate the container on fire, and the ship’s fire hoses for boundary ...

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Taking aim: reaching carbon emission reduction targets

At our recent webinars, special guest Prashanth Athipar, the Principal for Sustainability and Maritime Supply Chain Excellence at BHP, and speakers from Gard’s Charterers & Traders and Loss Prevention teams came together to discuss how GHG emissions reduction targets are being approached by regulators and the maritime industry. In this article, we follow up on some of the questions put to them during the webinars. Introduction The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has announced several ambitions relating to the reduction of the shipping industry’s greenhouse gas emissions, including the aim to ...

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Port disruption at Ningbo, China

It has been reported that China has partly closed the world’s third-busiest container port after a worker became infected with Covid-19. All container services at Meishan terminal in Ningbo-Zhoushan port were halted on Wednesday causing delays and disruption. It is also reported that some ships are being diverted to other ports. The club would like to thank its local correspondent, Huatai Insurance Agency & Consultant Service, Ningbo Office for the following update: As published by the local authorities, a 34-year-old worker from Ningbo – Zhoushan port of East China’s Zhejiang ...

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Standard Club PEME scheme – partnership with MAMS

The PEME scheme is run and administered in partnership with the Marine Advisory Medical Service (MAMS), a UK-based company that specialises in medical repatriation and the accreditation of medical facilities based outside of the UK. MAMS has been assisting clubs in the IG with the formulation of custom-built PEME programmes since 2001. In keeping with the ILO Guide to the Medical Examination of Seafarers, MAMS has the objective of ensuring only crew who are fit for their role at sea are certified, so that they are not a danger to ...

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Carriage of Containers on Dry Bulk Carrier

The container shipping markets and trades have recently seen an unprecedented demand for container vessels. However, due to the growing pressure on container slot availability with demand exceeding the current supply on container vessels on specific routes, exporters are looking at alternative vessels to fulfil carriage commitments. As a result, the Club has seen incidents of bulk carriers designed purely for the carriage of dry bulk cargo being chartered for the carriage of containers. The carriage of containers on this type of vessel can lead to a number of issues ...

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Dangerous goods: advancing risk management

While the series of catastrophic containership fires experienced during 2019 has, happily, not been repeated this year, there is no room for complacency. The incidence of lesser fires and emergencies persists. The May 2021 fire and subsequent sinking of ‘Xpress Pearl’ provides adequate reminder of the complexities involved in the transport of dangerous goods (DG). Action taken at the end of July in strikingly similar circumstances averted ‘Seaspan Lahore’ becoming another casualty. Earlier in July, an explosion and fire occurred on board ‘Ocean Trader’ whilst berthed at Jebel Ali. All ...

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Legal eagle: effective value declaration under CMR

Nomination of a ‘special interest in delivery’ for a carriage under the CMR Convention remains insufficient on its own; it is necessary for the value to be declared in the consignment note – a German interpretation. Where goods are carried under CMR and it is desired to state a ‘special interest in delivery’, thereby increasing the carrier’s liability for loss or damage above the standard limit of SDR 8.33 per kilo, the language of Articles 24 and 26 of CMR specifically requires that the declared value or fixed amount be ...

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Yangtze River ban of ‘acutely toxic chemicals’

In response to a series of incidents – and with the intention of protecting, restoring and ensuring safety in the local ecological environment – China enacted the Yangtze River Protection Law on 26 December 2020, which then came into force on 1 March 2021. At nearly 3,000km in length, the primary waterway of the Yangtze River provides access to numerous ports in China including Taicang, Nantong, Jingjiang, Yangzhou, Nanjing and Wuhan. The new river protection law states, at paragraph 2 of Article 51: On 18 February 2021, the Shanghai Maritime ...

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Safe Loading and Carriage of Containers (on vessels other than purpose-built container ships)

Introduction The Club has recently received a number of enquiries concerning the carriage of containers on vessels not primarily designed to carry containers on deck and/or inside cargo holds, such as bulk carriers and general cargo vessels. The Club is aware of at least one instance where carriage of containers in this manner on a bulk carrier has resulted in a container stack collapse within the hold, necessitating a return to port in order to restow the containers. This note is intended to provide guidance concerning the risks presented by ...

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