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Can cargo vapours contaminate the full cargo parcel?

In Gard we see that almost 50% of the cargo loss cases are a result of cargo contamination. Many of these are due to vapour contamination. Vapour contamination may occur due to migration of vapour between incompatible cargoes via the IG lines or from pre-existing vapours from the last cargo in the tank. Contamination of petroleum products affects their odour, acidity or flashpoint specifications and can lead to the partial or total loss of the parcel thereby incurring significant losses. These losses can be avoided by ensuring that the IG ...

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Legal Update: Singapore Convention on Mediation

The United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, also known as the “Singapore Convention on Mediation” (the “Convention”) is intended to provide a framework for the enforcement of international settlement agreements resulting from mediation. What is mediation? Mediation is a process whereby parties attempt to reach an amicable settlement of their dispute with the assistance of a third person or persons (the mediator) lacking the authority to impose a solution upon the parties to the dispute. Why consider mediation? The mediation process is more flexible, and in ...

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AIS mandatory in Indonesian waters

According to Gard’s correspondent SPICA Services (Indonesia), the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation has approved a new regulation that requires all vessels sailing in Indonesian territorial waters to be fitted with Automatic Identification Systems (AIS). The Indonesian regulations also stipulate that all vessels in its territorial waters to always keep their AIS on. The new regulation is aligned with the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention, and • aims to improve navigation safety and security within Indonesian territorial waters, • applies to both foreign-flagged and Indonesian-flagged vessels, and • takes ...

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Developments in regard to US sanctions on Venezuela: Blocking of Venezuelan government and other entities: implications for US and non-US persons

There have recently been developments in regard to US sanctions in Venezuela which have implications for both US and non-US persons. The remainder of this Circular describes these developments and urges caution in dealing with entities and transactions upon which these heightened sanctions may have a bearing. US persons and the Government of Venezuela On August 5, 2019, President Trump issued Executive Order (EO) 13884. This EO blocks the property/assets of the Government of Venezuela in the United States or in the possession and control of any United States person. ...

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Mandatory requirement for AIS in Indonesian waters

The Club would like to highlight to Members that with effect from 20 August 2019, under Regulation PM No. 7 of 2019, the Ministry of Transportation of The Republic of Indonesia has made it mandatory for vessels sailing in Indonesian waters to install and activate an Automatic Identification System (AIS). Applicability The regulation applies to all Indonesian and foreign flagged vessels. However, whilst some concessions for Indonesian flagged ships have been made, at this time, no minimum gross tonnage (GT) limit has been stated for foreign flagged vessels. For Indonesian ...

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Witherbys and The North of England P&I Association announce publishing partnership

North P&I Club and specialist publisher, Witherby Publishing Group, have announced a new partnership. The partnership will see Witherbys publish and distribute North’s range of Loss Prevention publications. North has a unique collection of Loss Prevention Guides to provide ship operators and seafarers with the straightforward practical advice needed to deal with everyday operations and problems to reduce the risk of claims. Witherbys currently publishes for a number of maritime industry bodies including BIMCO, Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) and the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators ...

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TT Talk – Calling for ports/terminals to engage with Hazcheck Restrictions Portal

The containerised supply chain is well-known for its complexity. TT Club is seeking to ‘call out’ any practice that may undermine safety and preclude certain of outcome within its ‘Cargo Integrity’ / #Fit4Freight campaign. Key targets inevitably relate to shipment, handling and carriage of dangerous goods. This year has seen a significant increase in incidents related to shipment of dangerous goods, including a number of high-profile ship fires. This has rightly given greater attention and urgency to efforts by the lines and initiatives such as the CINS Organisation to improve ...

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Dangerous gases – silent and invisible killer

Where does the danger lie? When measuring dangerous gases prior to enclosed space entry, we need to take into account the relative weight of the gas when compared to air. For example, we need to be aware that methane is lighter than air, carbon monoxide is the same weight and hydrogen sulphide is heavier than air. This difference in molecular weight requires gas measurements to be taken at different heights of the enclosed space to ensure thorough gas measurement prior to man entry into enclosed space. You can learn more ...

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Emily McCulloch joins the Club as a Senior Claims Manager

Emily has joined the London office on the 7th August and will initially work alongside Jonathan Kefford in the Americas Team. She will transfer to the New York office before the end of the year where she will provide a localised claims service to the Club’s Members in the USA, Canada and South America. A qualified lawyer, Emily has significant experience of both P&I and Defence claims, having worked as a Syndicate Manager at another International Group Club prior to joining the West. Before that she worked as in-house counsel ...

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Bilge alarm and oil content meter

The US Coast Guard (USCG) has issued a Lessons Learned alert 01-19, Avoid delays and keep your ship schedule! Does your BilgMon 488 Bilge Alarm/Oil Content Meter operate properly?, prompted by a recent port State control inspection. The alert notes that the Marine Safety Detachment (MSD) Port Canaveral Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) identified MARPOL deficiencies related to the 15-ppm Bilge Alarm system of the Oily Water Separators (OWS) onboard four separate ships. They discovered that the entries in the Oil Record Book (ORB) did not correspond to the Bilge ...

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TT Talk – Review of top 10 risks for container terminals

TT Club continually seeks to understand the risks faced in the transport and logistics industry, providing relevant and targeted loss prevention advice to operators as appropriate. This article focuses on the findings of recent analysis into the risks faced by container terminals. TT Club provides insurance to port authorities, terminals and stevedores in almost half of the world’s top 100 ports globally. As a result, it is well placed to analyse incident data, providing commentary and advice on trends and loss prevention actions. This particular analysis focuses on the top ...

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Member Focus: Autonomous Vessels

In 2018, the Club proudly launched a dedicated autonomous vessel P&I policy, the first of its kind in the world. The Club consulted owners, operators and manufacturers of autonomous vessels to ensure Members had the right cover in place so that they can focus on their operations knowing they are appropriately covered if anything should go wrong. Since then, we’ve gained several new Members who are doing exciting and innovative things with autonomous technology. This article features two of those Members and their recent achievements. Hushcraft One of the Club’s ...

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Seafarers working on cruise ships and ferries rank among the unhappiest in the industry, new reports shows

The latest Seafarers Happiness Index report, published yesterday by The Mission to Seafarers, has revealed that seafarers working onboard cruise ships and ferries rank among the unhappiest in the industry. The report, which is produced in association with leading mutual P&I insurer the Shipowners’ Club, is based on the responses of thousands of seafarers across the global maritime industry. The latest report showed that cruise and ferry crews had an average score of 5.3/10 on their general happiness level – 15 per cent less than the global average across all ...

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No. 7 2019/2020 – Change to the Mutual Call Structure

Since 1992, the West of England has applied a rating methodology which separates the International Group’s general excess of loss reinsurance cost for each policy year from the mutual call. The practice was adopted when Group Reinsurance costs as a proportion of overall Club premium were increasing rapidly especially for dirty tankers, although today the reinsurance cost for most categories of vessel has reduced proportionately. In 2018 we started a process of simplifying our invoicing by moving from a traditional estimated total call (split across an advance call and additional ...

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Flat batteries may erase your MARPOL data

According to IMO guidelines, the 15 ppm Bilge Alarm should record date, time and alarm status, and operating status of the 15 ppm Bilge Separator. The recording device should also store data for at least eighteen months and should be able to display or print a protocol for official inspections as required. In the event the 15 ppm Bilge Alarm is replaced, means should be provided to ensure the data recorded remains available on board for 18 months. During recent Port State inspections, US Coast Guard inspectors found MARPOL deficiencies ...

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