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Bunker Operations Risk Assessment

Bunkering is one of the most common operations carried out on board, regardless of the vessel type or size. Despite it being a routine operation, disputes may arise, such as those regarding the quantity or quality of bunkers and in some cases the legality, if careful planning is not implemented. The consequences of such situations can vary from machinery breakdowns, to Port State Control (PSC) detentions, to delays, arrests and significant financial and reputational losses. As the shipping industry moves towards cleaner fuels, there is an increased risk of such ...

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Skuld announces change in New York management

Skuld announced today the appointment of Åse Naaman Jensen as Senior Vice President, Head of Skuld New York, succeeding Charles B. Anderson. To ensure a smooth transition, Naaman Jensen will work in parallel with Anderson from 1 September 2020 until she takes over full responsibility for Skuld New York on 21 February 2021. Anderson has spent over 22 years at Skuld and will retire in June 2021. Naaman Jensen, currently Vice President at Skuld New York, joined Skuld Copenhagen in 2008 as a Claims Handler. She relocated to the New ...

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Tackling piracy in Nigeria

The threat of piracy and kidnap has been persistent in the Niger Delta region and wider Gulf of Guinea waters for some time. However, that threat has escalated in recent months. During July 2020, pirates kidnapped 15 crew from a tanker vessel up to 244 nautical miles from shore. The pirates were apparently supported by a mother ship allowing them to perpetrate their attacks beyond state counter piracy efforts. The attack was one of the furthest attacks from shore ever reported. The prevalence of reported armed robbery, piracy and kidnapping ...

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Defective passage planning: unseaworthiness or a navigational decision? The CMA CGM LIBRA question sails on to the UK Supreme Court

The UK Supreme Court has granted leave to appeal the recent decision in Alize 1954 v Allianz Elementar Versicherungs AG (The “CMA CGM LIBRA”). While the decision involved General Average, we discuss the ramifications of the finding of unseaworthiness as it applies to the allocation of risk and liabilities in the wider context of the marine transport of goods. International law aims to apportion risk in the transport of goods between the ship interests and cargo interests. Simply put, shipowners are responsible for cargo claims caused by unseaworthiness of the ...

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A major step forward helping seafarers mantain mental well-being

The COVID 19 pandemic and the operational disruption it has caused to the process of scheduled crew changes has subjected seafarers to increased levels of stress and anxiety. In response to these pressures, Steamship Mutual is pleased to announce a very significant additional service to the Club’s Members that is aimed directly at the well-being of ships’ crews. Through the Ship Safety Trust, Steamship has partnered with Mental Health Support Solutions (MHSS), www.mentalhealth-support.com. This partnership will allow crew members on Members’ entered vessels free access to a 24/7 Helpline, offering ...

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Ghana: MARPOL Annex IV violations pertaining to discharge of wastewater

Since the beginning of the year Skuld has seen several cases where fines have been imposed by the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) due to alleged pollution from wastewater discharged in port. According to the local regulations in Ghana, discharge of treated sewage from an IMO-approved sewage treatment system inside port limit and at berth is permitted if the treated sewage discharge meets the MARPOL Annex IV standards. In accordance to MARPOL Annex IV Regulation 11.1.2, the IMO-approved sewage treatment system is required to discharge effluent with no visible floating solids ...

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North P&I Strengthens FD&D Leadership Team in Greece

North P&I has strengthened its FD&D leadership team in Greece with the appointment of Antigone Yanniotis and Gillian Stanton to the roles of Deputy Director (FD&D) Greece, demonstrating North’s continuing dedication to providing the highest standards of FD&D service to its local members. Taking effect from 1 September 2020, these appointments reinforce the Club’s commitment to the Greek membership and North’s Greek office, which is led by Directors Tony Allen and Gordon Robertson. The Greek membership will also continue to be supported by FD&D Directors from North’s Newcastle headquarters – ...

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In The Context Of The EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EUSRR)

The EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EUSRR), adopted in 2013, contains requirements for EU-flagged ships, of 500 GT and above, to carry an inventory of hazardous materials (IHM). In addition, ships calling at EU ports from non-EU countries will also be required to carry an IHM identifying all the hazardous materials on board. EU-flagged ships must also be scrapped in an EU approved ship recycling facility. The EUSRR is aimed at facilitating early ratification of the Hong Kong Convention 2009 – both within the EU and in other countries outside the ...

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Impact of US Sanctions on Trade Involving Venezuela and P&I

Recent escalation of sanctions imposed against a number of ships and shipowners by the United States in respect of violations of trade prohibitions against Venezuela, together with the US government’s heightened due diligence expectations, (see Group Circular L.353) bring into sharp focus the need for vigilance in relation to activities involving countries affected by US trade sanctions (“sanctioned countries”). This Circular serves as a reminder of the difficulties that sanctions can create in relation to the provision of cover. Enforcement of sanctions by relevant authorities may in some cases prohibit ...

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Singapore MPA issues new advisory for Ships and service providers

Singapore continues to take a calibrated and risk-based approach in determining the precautions and measures for the COVID-19 pandemic. Port Marine Circular (PMC 32) requires that any suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infected crew on board the vessel receives proper medical treatment before leaving the last port and starting its journey to Singapore. All ships scheduled or intending to call at Singapore must immediately notify and seek approval to enter the Port of Singapore if there are suspected COVID-19 cases on board or if it had conducted crew change in the ...

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UK P&I Club issues crew health advice on kidney stones

Sophia Bullard, Crew Health Director at UK P&I Club, discusses the issue of kidney stones, its impact on crew and measures to prevent and treat the condition: “Illnesses of any kind onboard a ship can cause distress and disruption for crew, and result in expensive and complicated treatments, interventions and claims. One condition that UK P&I Club regularly sees crewmembers suffering with is kidney stones. “In a recent case presented to the Club, a crewmember was hospitalised in South America for surgery but the kidney stones could not be removed. ...

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Increased risk of hull fouling due to COVID-19

The COVID 19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the shipping industry. Hundreds of container ships have found their trades cancelled due to a fall in demand for the products carried on board, cruise liners have seen their business evaporate as potential customers are now reluctant to travel, and a shortage of inland oil storage capacity has meant that crude and product tankers are increasingly being used as floating storage. One consequence of this is that more ships than ever have been left floating at anchor, which means that ...

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Half-year results show The Swedish Club well positioned for the months ahead

The Swedish Club demonstrated resilience in unprecedented times when it presented its half-year results today. The Club grew selectively and continued to strengthen its competitive position in the first six months of the year, with a result before appropriations and tax of USD -3.4 million. As the Club added attractive business and adjusted its premiums to better align with exposures, gross premiums earned grew by 18% in the first six months compared to the same period the previous year. Investment loss experienced in the first quarter has been regained and ...

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California suspends requirements that ships use shore power while at berth out of concerns for state’s electricity grid

An Executive Order encourages ships at berth in Southern California not to connect to shore power due to local extreme heat event and added strain to the state electrical grid. The extreme heat event is forecast to last through to at least 20 August 2020 and has already caused multiple rolling electricity blackouts throughout the state. The Order suspends through 11:59pm on 20 August 2020 any permit, regulation, or law prohibiting ships from using generators or auxiliary ship engines while at berth. A copy of the executive order is available ...

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South Korea implements additional emission reduction initiatives in major port areas

South Korea’s Special Act on Air Quality Improvement in Port and Other Areas entered into force on 1 January 2020 as a part of an ongoing national programme to reduce air pollution from shipping and port activities. The act introduces a series of measures, some of which will have direct impact on ships’ operational practices, and we advise ship operators and masters to make note of the following: New Korean emission control areas Effective from 1 September 2020, the following South Korean port areas become domestic emission control areas (ECAs): ...

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