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Port security at Douala, Cameroon

The Port of Authority information notice 0346, found in the attachment on the right, provides that vessels making anchor at Douala anchorage, Base Buoy (B9), will be provided with armed security for their protection. The security team will remain on board during the vessel’s stay at anchorage and will depart after berthing. The provision of this security team is free. Owners are advised to liaise with their agents to arrange the provision of security prior to arrival ar Douala, Cameroon. We thank McLeans for the information. Source: The Standard Club

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TT Club Appoints Network Partner in Qingdao, China

Fundamental to the mutual insurer’s service is its global reach. Therefore to have the first Network Partner established in China, to complement the existing Shanghai corporate office, is an important landmark for the Club. Allowing TT Club Members, its insured, to access a unique network of freight transport experts across the globe, Network Partners provide claims assistance, loss prevention and risk management advice to container lines, freight forwarders and other supply chain operators who arrange their insurance cover through TT Club. Now in Qingdao, through the appointment of Ever Faith ...

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Suez Canal Authority clarifies position on open-loop scrubbers

Egypt has not yet ratified MARPOL Annex VI, which means that the new sulphur limits adopted by the IMO are not currently being enforced in Egyptian waters. However, the position with regards to the use of open-loop scrubbers has until recently been unclear. The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) in its circular No. 08/2019 made the following statements (emphasis added): Suez Canal Authority puts no conditions or restrictions on fuel oil or Open-loop exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems until ratification of MARPOL Annex VI by Arab Republic of Egypt. And: This is ...

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Authorization Issued Providing For 90-Day Wind-Down Period For Pre-January 10, 2020 Contracts With Iran

Reference is made to Club Circular 02/20 of January 10, 2020 informing Members of the imposition of additional US sanctions against Iran, effective from that date. The additional sanctions may be imposed against any individual owning, operating, trading with, or assisting sectors of the Iranian economy including construction, manufacturing, textiles, and mining. As a result, trade with Iran in almost all industry sectors is now prohibited for US, as well as non-US persons, except for trade in medicine/medical items and food and agricultural commodities. The US Treasury’s Office of Foreign ...

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Mental Health First Aid: a game changer to improve our seafarers’ lives?

I was manning the emergency phone when a call came in reporting that a seafarer had stabbed two other crew members on board a vessel in the middle of the ocean. We focused on handling the emergency and prioritised the evacuation of the two injured crew. Fortunately, they arrived at the hospital in time and were saved despite serious injuries and severe bleeding. Later, I learned that the man who committed the stabbing had presented signs of psychological instability days before the incident. This was several years ago but the ...

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Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association (Europe) chooses Cyprus

P&I Club member Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association (Europe) has decided to underwrite all of its European business in Cyprus through its Cypriot entity. The Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC) has welcomed the arrival of a new P&I Club among its member-companies In a statement, the Chamber said the company “has expressed its gratitude to the Cypriot authorities and the shipping community for the warm welcome and support it has received since it decided to base itself in Limassol and it looks forward to making a positive contribution”. The arrival of new ...

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Reinsurance arrangements for the 2020 policy year arranged through the International Group of P&I Clubs – special P&I war risks cover

Reinsurance arrangements for the 2020 policy year for P&I entries with Gard P. & I. (Bermuda) Ltd and Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig – (hereinafter individually referred to as the “Association” and collectively as the “Associations”) Owner’s Entries The structure of the cover reinsured through the Pool is broadly the same as in the current year and can be summarized as follows: • Club retention: USD 10 million. • Pool retention: USD 90 million (in excess of USD 10 million) in two layers: – Lower Pool retention: USD 40 million (in ...

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IMB 2019 Piracy and Armed Robbery Report shows decrease in overall reported incidents but unprecedented rise of crew kidnappings

The ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) have published their 2019 report on Piracy and Armed Robbery against ships. The report states that 162 incidents of piracy and armed robbery were reported against ships worldwide, in comparison to 201 incidents in 2018. There has been an unprecedented number of crew kidnappings in the Gulf of Guinea. Of the reported incidents there were four hijacked vessels, 11 vessels fired upon, 17 attempted attacks and 130 vessels boarded. Gulf of Guinea The Gulf of Guinea saw more than a 50% increase in kidnappings ...

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Are you snap-safe?

The victims are usually the crew handling the line, the winch operator and/or the supervising officer. A parting line has the potential to flex the whole distance from the place where it parts to the place where it is attached. A typical example can be found in this investigation report by the Swedish Accident Investigation Branch. During the pre-mooring tool box talks, crew members should discuss not only the hazards of snap-back but also potential snap-back zones. Depending on the mooring pattern, the configuration of these unsafe areas can change. ...

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War Risks P&I Excess cover and Bio-Chem cover for the 2020/21 policy year – International Group arrangements

Although war risks are excluded from standard P&I cover (Rule 30.4.1), Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig) (“the Association”), in conjunction with other P&I Clubs in the International Group, continues to provide War Risks P&I Excess Cover on the same basis as in the 2019/20 policy year for Members entered on a full mutual basis. The limit of cover remains at USD 500 million. The cover is subject to an excess of the proper value of the entered vessel, or whatever sums are recoverable from other war risks covers, whichever is the greater. ...

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International Group of P&I Clubs Authorizes Wave As Approved Paperless Trading Solution

Wave is pleased to announce International Group of Protection & Indemnity Club (IG P&I) approval for Wave’s network as a supported method for transfer and delivery of electronic-issued bills of lading. This designation as an approved electronic trading system marks a first for an exclusively decentralized system that is eligible to receive liability coverage under IG P&I’s strict rules, paving the way for greater commercial use of Wave. IG P&I is an international group of 13 individual P&I clubs comprised of members which are collectively accountable for covering approximately 90% ...

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North P&I Club Partners with SureNav to Promote Safe Navigation

North P&I Club has today announced details of a new benefit for its Members to promote safe navigation and improve standard across the maritime industry. Through partnering with SureNav, an industry leader working with ship operators to identify gaps in bridge team performance and compliance, North’s Members will receive a 45% discount on their remote navigation audit package. SureNav is dedicated to promoting safe navigation and to improving standards across shipping. They have been conducting remote navigation audits for some time and are pioneers in the field, working alongside OCIMF ...

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SOLAS amendments entering into force 1 January 2020

While the latest amendments to MARPOL annex VI which entered into force on 1 January 2020 limiting the SOx emissions from ships has been the centre of attention for the past many months and is considered by many as the greatest change the shipping industry has seen in the last many years, there have been several important amendments to SOLAS which also entered into force on 1 January 2020. These amendments were adopted during the various MSC sessions between 2016 and 2018 and revise the SOLAS and the various International ...

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India aims to reduce ships’ use of single-use plastic by 90% during stays in Indian ports in the next 12 months

On 16 October 2019, the Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued Order No.05 of 2019 prohibiting the use of single-use plastic items onboard ships. The order prohibits the carriage of any such items onboard Indian flagged ships while foreign flagged ships are only prohibited from using any such item while operating in Indian waters. Our alert “India bans single-use plastic onboard ships” of 24 October 2019 has the details. While the initial plan was to implement the order in full by 1 January 2020, DGS later decided to postpone ...

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Middle East crisis: The impact on the Insurance Market

Jonathan Moss, head of marine and trade at DWF, comments on the impact that the ensuing Middle Eastern crisis is having on the insurance market. Jonathan said: “The latest chapter of turbulence in the Middle East will undoubtedly lead to insurers and reinsurers particularly in lines such as hull, war, piracy, terrorism, cargo and construction raising premiums, renegotiating terms of cover and introducing riders and endorsements to policies to reflect the increased risks of trading in the region. “Insurers and reinsurers have been looking for a marked correction to the ...

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