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International Day of the Seafarer 2022

The IMO has aptly themed this year’s campaign ‘Your voyage – then and now, share your journey’. This spotlights each seafarer’s voyage, examining how it has evolved over time and what remains at the heart of seafarers’ reality. #SeafarerJourney is the new hashtag for this campaign and participating seafarers will be posting two photos – one from their first voyage and another from their latest/ most recent voyage – sharing changes that they have experienced/ learned. Anyone paying tribute to seafarers is also encouraged to use this hashtag to be ...

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Polar Code on the PSC agenda

Paris MOU has launched an inspection campaign to verify compliance with the requirements of the Polar Code. The campaign will be run over two periods, the first inspection period started on 13 June and will last until 1 July 2022, the second period will run from 1 to 19 August 2022. The Polar Code inspection campaign is in addition to the regular Concentrated Inspection Campaigns (CIC) and is held at a different time of the year due to the seasonal voyage plans of the ships sailing to the polar area. ...

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COVID-19 vaccines remain available to foreign seafarers in Canada

Transport Canada confirms in Ship Safety Bulletin 11/2022 that COVID-19 vaccines approved in Canada continue to be available to foreign seafarers. The bulletin provides links to websites that contain information on how a foreign seafarer can obtain a COVID-19 vaccine in Canada. Further, this bulletin refers shipping companies, agents and seafarers to Ship Safety Bulletin 06/2022 for guidelines respecting the mobility of asymptomatic, presumed non-Covid-19 carrying seafarers. Source: Standard Club

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The Swedish Club Celebrates its 150th Anniversary

The Swedish Club celebrated its 150th Anniversary in style last week, with a series of events held around the Club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Gothenburg. Following the difficulties facing us all in the last few years, the Club’s members and business partners embraced the opportunity to meet face to face with friends old and new – many for the first time since the pandemic struck – and the event was run at full capacity. Once again, Members’ Day delivered a varied programme containing the Club’s usual eclectic mix of ...

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Skuld Annual Review and Sustainability Report 2021/22

Skuld 125 years young “We have entered our 125th anniversary year, and while paying respect to our long and proud history, our main focus remains on the future”, says President and CEO Ståle Hansen. Chairman of the Board, Klaus Kjærulff, says “I am proud to state that Skuld stands strong in its 125th year, and robust and ready for the future.”. Skuld Sustainability Report 2021/22 Today, Skuld also publishes its third Sustainability Report outlining our work and achievements in 2021/22. The report covers activities and initiatives during our reporting year ...

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Standard reports strong 2021/22 ahead of North merger

The Standard Club, a leading shipping protection and indemnity mutual insurer, has published its Annual Report 2022, revealing a significant improvement in its combined ratio. In 2021/2022 the club achieved a combined ratio of 105% on premiums of $294m, compared with a 2020/21 ratio of 121%. A defensive investment strategy limited the impact on the club’s finances, with a return on investments dropping to -1.2%. The club’s free reserves are still well in excess of regulatory requirements and stand at $310m. On 27 May approval was given by members to ...

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Lack of shore leave leaves no room to unwind, suggests results of Seafarer Happiness Index Q1 2022

With the Seafarers Happiness Index (SHI) Quarter 1 2022 results being published, we look at what the findings tell us. Crew changes have proven challenging amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and seafarers have no choice but to spend a longer contracted time at sea. However, there are many other conditions that make their voyage less than delightful. A lack of shore leave has been a persistent challenge but with COVID, restrictions are heightened and seafarers have limited access to shore leave, which leaves seafarers with no avenues to ‘unwind or release ...

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Biofouling management: the benefits of a clean hull

Australia joins New Zealand and California and requires international vessels to provide information on how biofouling has been proactively managed prior to arriving in its territorial seas. The aim of Australia’s new regulation is to protect marine biodiversity, but maintaining clean vessel hulls will also reduce fuel consumption and help operators to reach their emission reduction targets. New mandatory biofouling management requirements in Australia The Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) has announced that, beginning 15 June 2022, international vessels trading to Australia will be required ...

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Sovcomflot fleet fully covered by Russian insurers, CEO says

Russia’s state-run Sovcomflot has insured all its cargo ships with Russian insurers and the cover meets international rules, the chief executive said, after Western insurers withdrew cover. Western insurers halted insurance cover for Russia’s biggest shipping group when Sovcomflot was hit by sanctions after Moscow sent troops across the border into Ukraine. Sources told Reuters this month that state-controlled Russian National Reinsurance Company had become the main reinsurer of Russian ships, including Sovcomflot’s fleet. “Technically, we meet all international trade requirements,” CEO Igor Tonkovidov told reporters. “Currently, the company’s fleet ...

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Time to review your crew contracts – let us help

This article provides some guidance to Members regarding crew contracts. We will focus on the scope of P&I cover in respect of crew, the best approach to ensure your liabilities are covered under your Gard P&I entry, and the importance of fair and clear contract terms. We will also touch upon a few of the current issues facing crew, including covid and mental health. How does P&I cover crew? P&I does not cover crew directly, rather it covers the shipowner’s liabilities towards the crew, both at law and under the ...

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Bernt Hellman steps down as CUO of Thomas Miller Specialty to focus on the expanding Offshore business

Bernt Hellman is stepping down as Chief Underwriting Officer for Thomas Miller Specialty (TMS) to focus on expansion in the company’s Offshore business. Bernt joined TMS in 2016 and helped grow the business’ extensive range of insurance solutions to the marine industry and other sectors. TMS has grown substantially in the past three years with recent expansion in the Offshore team into renewable energy products. Bernt will be transitioning away from his CUO role to focus on growth of the Offshore business. TMS is currently in the process of recruiting ...

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Look out for fuel leaks and unshielded hot spots in engine rooms

Introduction Every year fires on board ships lead to loss of lives and severe damage to the ships themselves. Most fires on board ships originate in the engine room where the three ingredients for a fire, namely fuel, oxygen and a source of ignition, exist in abundance. These do not only start the fire but also feed and intensify it further. Fire safety is not only about detecting and fighting a fire, but also about preventing it from igniting in the first place. In this article we will focus on ...

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North publishes Annual Review for 2021/22

North P&I Club cites strong contribution of diversification to financial performance premium income growth in the 2021–2022 financial year, with the global insurance business set fair for its forthcoming merger with Standard Club. In its Annual Review 2022, North reports premium income growth of 5.6% to US$429 million, which it attributes to robust performance across its diversified business lines – particularly by North Hull, Owners’ Fixed Premium and Sunderland Marine. With its gradual transformation from monoline P&I club to diversified marine insurer yielding positive results, North has laid further foundations ...

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Port update – Ukraine / Russia

By way of update following the club’s update regarding the position in the Black Sea and Sea of Azov on 25 February 2022, we are advised of the following developments as of today’s date: • All Ukrainian ports, apart from the port of Reni (please see below) remain closed for inward as well as outward passages. • The port of Reni in Ukraine is the only operating port in the region. We have been informed that no war-related incidents with foreign vessels have been reported. The port is very busy ...

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Paris MoU Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Polar Code compliance

The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU) will launch an inspection campaign to verify compliance with the requirements of the Polar Code. The inspection campaign will be held from 13 June to 1 July 2022 (first period) and from 1 to 19 August 2022 (second period). The inspection campaign is additional to the regular CIC and is held in a different time of the year due to the seasonal voyage plans of the ships sailing to the Polar region. Reasons for such a campaign include: • ...

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