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Soya Bean claims in China – Wang Jing reports a positive outcome in appellate decision

Since the China-US trade war, China’s imports of soybeans from South America have been rising. In the meantime, Wang Jing & Co. has witnessed an increase in substantial soybean damage claims in recent years, where Chinese courts usually find carriers fully or at least primarily liable. This is even when inherent vice could be the most probable cause of soybean damage, or vessels encountered unavoidable delays before discharge, or, in some cases, where carriers have both defences in hand. In a recent appellate decision in the Shandong Province, the court ...

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Brexit update – The Standard Club UK Limited

We refer to our circular to EEA members on 21 December 2020. As noted in that update, The Standard Club UK Ltd (Standard UK) has taken steps to utilise Part VII of the UK Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Part VII Transfer) to transfer Standard UK’s legacy EEA business to its sister company, The Standard Club Ireland DAC (Standard Ireland). The board of Standard UK has considered the timetable for the Part VII Transfer and has determined that Standard UK should work towards a later date. The revised date ...

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IMB Piracy and Armed Robbery Report Q2 2021

In the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) report on Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships for Q2 in 2021, it found that the number of incidents reported in the first half of 2021 was the lowest recorded since 1994. Of the 68 incidents reported in the first half of the year only one vessel was hijacked. However, the report highlights that there remain high risk areas and that violence against crew continues to be a major issue. During the first half of 2021, 50 crew members kidnapped whilst two were ...

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Parana River – Argentinian President declares State of Hydrological Emergency

The Parana River in Argentina is at its lowest levels in the last 50 years. Because of the low waters affecting the Hydrological Basin formed by the Parana, Paraguay and Iguazú Rivers the President enacted Decree 482/2021 and declared a State of Hydrological Emergency on said area for 180 days. The Decree is attached below in Spanish. The National Water Institute (INA) has advised that the recent rain registered was very limited and with very short effect on the rise of the levels of the water in the Parana River. ...

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CJC acquires CTRL Marine Solutions from The Shipowners’ Club

Campbell Johnston Clark (CJC) has agreed to acquire CTRL Marine Solutions from Shipowners’ Mutual Protection Ltd. The acquisition underlines the importance of P&I work to CJC, whilst further enhancing the firm’s position at the forefront of providing bespoke legal and technical services to P&I Clubs and their members. As one of the first companies of its kind, CTRL Marine Solutions Ltd has worked with Shipowners’ Club as an in-house legal resource accepting instructions from Members on shipping and personal injury claims. Following the acquisition, CTRL will be led by current ...

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AMSA – Focused inspection campaign – Safety Of Navigation

Every year the club sees several navigation related incidents which have a potential to become high value claims and impact safety of life and property and damage to environment and reputation. These incidents are not limited to any specific ship-type and can have a catastrophic ramification. Standard club promotes and encourages members to develop a robust safety culture which prioritizes safe navigation by having clear procedures, purposeful training and a reliable assessment process irrespective of the ship type. AMSA has announced a Focused Inspection Campaign (FIC) on safety of navigation. ...

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Security alert – Port of Prince, Haiti

Haiti’s situation has become increasingly uncertain following the days of Jovenel Moise’s assassination earlier this month. In the Caribbean island nation of 11 million, Haitians faced gang violence and political protests in the capital city Port-au-Prince. Port operations have been affected due to the violent unrest. As a result of the violence, shots were fired at one of our member’s vessel across the starboard side while calling at Port-au-Prince. All 22 crew onboard are reported safe and did not suffer any injuries. Agents have assured that the vessel was not ...

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Western Australia looks to implementing stricter controls

Western Australia has reported Covid-19 outbreaks on ships which had recently called Indonesia before calling Australian ports. The club would like to thank our correspondent, Cocks Macnish for the following updates on the situation: IMPORTANT COVID UPDATE IN RELATION TO VESSELS ARRIVING IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA (PARTICULARLY FROM INDONESIA) As a result of a number of COVID infected vessels recently arriving in Western Australia the Premier has announced a number of measures which, if implemented, will affect ships seeking to enter Western Australia after transiting via higher risk countries. This is ...

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CTRL Marine Solutions Ltd announce their acquisition by Campbell Johnston Clark (CJC)

CTRL Marine Solutions Ltd, a law firm and marine consultancy which provides bespoke Claims, Technical, Risk and Legal services at favourable rates and on flexible terms, has announced that it is to be acquired by Campbell Johnston Clark (CJC). CTRL Marine Solutions Ltd (which is wholly owned by The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (Luxembourg)) was one of the first of its kind, providing over stretched in-house legal and technical departments with the best Claims, Technical, Risk and Legal (CTRL) service for their clients and the Shipowners Club’s Members. ...

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International Group reports record year for education

Since it launched in 2010, the International Group’s P&I Qualification (P&IQ) programme has grown to become one of the shipping industry’s foremost professional courses. In 2020, with its international reach and network, the IG P&IQ found itself perfectly positioned to deliver its courses and exams online. This led to the greatest participation levels to date, with 657 candidates sitting P&IQ examinations in the year. The qualification provides invaluable knowledge for those working in the maritime sphere, including the structure of the shipping industry, the history and operation of P&I Clubs ...

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Sailor’s Society Wellness at Sea – 10 ways to look after your mental health at sea

Seafarer wellbeing has been a focal topic for Standard Club in recent years, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic and we are proud to be working in partnership with Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea programme, sharing helpful advice and resources over a period of 27 weeks. As a seafarer, many things are competing for your attention onboard and life can get stressful being out at sea for extended periods of time. In recent times, matters have only become more challenging as you are not only faced with a pandemic, but you ...

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Lack of shore leave causing distress to many, reveals Q2 Seafarers Happiness Index

The Mission to Seafarers has published the latest Seafarers Happiness Index report for the second quarter of 2021, painting a grim picture of seafarer welfare with overall happiness dropping to an all-time low since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the Standard Club’s continuing commitment to safety at sea and focus on seafarer wellbeing, this year the Club has partnered with the Mission to Seafarers, alongside Wallem Group to support the 2021 Seafarers Happiness Index report. The Q2 report revealed that seafarers were becoming frustrated of being ...

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Skuld’s ‘A’ Rating with stable outlook affirmed by Standard & Poor’s

Skuld maintains a strong relationship with both its members and brokers due to its strong service fundamentals and recognized brand, according to S&P. On 28 July 2021, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) ratings services reaffirmed its ‘A’ rating on Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig). The outlook is stable. S&P Credit Highlights • The stable outlook reflects our expectation that Skuld’s capital adequacy will remain well above our ‘AA’ benchmark over the next 12-24 months. • The club has historically recorded less volatility in results than its P&I club peers. “The club is likely ...

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Wellness and welfare tips

Seafarer wellbeing has been a focal topic for Standard Club in recent years, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic and we are always heartened when we see other organisations echoing this belief and doing more for seafarers in this aspect. Safety4Sea recognises the advantages of promoting positive mental health and advises on developing a mental health strategy that can bring about vast improvements in both employee wellbeing and overall work efficiency. In view of the pandemic, there have been various disruptions and changes to our daily lives and how we work, ...

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Britannia P&I publishes first sustainability report

With its inaugural sustainability report, Britannia P&I is defining the starting position of its sustainability initiative and roadmap for the future. The report outlines how Britannia P&I is embedding the management of climate related risk into its business strategy and integrating sustainability into its core processes. Climate change represents a material financial risk to all regulated firms and the financial system. Britannia P&I, as an insurer, is equally exposed to this risk. However, sustainability encompasses not only climate change but also informs a company’s overall approach to improving corporate social ...

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