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Port disruption at Ningbo, China

It has been reported that China has partly closed the world’s third-busiest container port after a worker became infected with Covid-19. All container services at Meishan terminal in Ningbo-Zhoushan port were halted on Wednesday causing delays and disruption. It is also reported that some ships are being diverted to other ports. The club would like to thank its local correspondent, Huatai Insurance Agency & Consultant Service, Ningbo Office for the following update: As published by the local authorities, a 34-year-old worker from Ningbo – Zhoushan port of East China’s Zhejiang ...

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Standard Club PEME scheme – partnership with MAMS

The PEME scheme is run and administered in partnership with the Marine Advisory Medical Service (MAMS), a UK-based company that specialises in medical repatriation and the accreditation of medical facilities based outside of the UK. MAMS has been assisting clubs in the IG with the formulation of custom-built PEME programmes since 2001. In keeping with the ILO Guide to the Medical Examination of Seafarers, MAMS has the objective of ensuring only crew who are fit for their role at sea are certified, so that they are not a danger to ...

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Carriage of Containers on Dry Bulk Carrier

The container shipping markets and trades have recently seen an unprecedented demand for container vessels. However, due to the growing pressure on container slot availability with demand exceeding the current supply on container vessels on specific routes, exporters are looking at alternative vessels to fulfil carriage commitments. As a result, the Club has seen incidents of bulk carriers designed purely for the carriage of dry bulk cargo being chartered for the carriage of containers. The carriage of containers on this type of vessel can lead to a number of issues ...

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Dangerous goods: advancing risk management

While the series of catastrophic containership fires experienced during 2019 has, happily, not been repeated this year, there is no room for complacency. The incidence of lesser fires and emergencies persists. The May 2021 fire and subsequent sinking of ‘Xpress Pearl’ provides adequate reminder of the complexities involved in the transport of dangerous goods (DG). Action taken at the end of July in strikingly similar circumstances averted ‘Seaspan Lahore’ becoming another casualty. Earlier in July, an explosion and fire occurred on board ‘Ocean Trader’ whilst berthed at Jebel Ali. All ...

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Legal eagle: effective value declaration under CMR

Nomination of a ‘special interest in delivery’ for a carriage under the CMR Convention remains insufficient on its own; it is necessary for the value to be declared in the consignment note – a German interpretation. Where goods are carried under CMR and it is desired to state a ‘special interest in delivery’, thereby increasing the carrier’s liability for loss or damage above the standard limit of SDR 8.33 per kilo, the language of Articles 24 and 26 of CMR specifically requires that the declared value or fixed amount be ...

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Yangtze River ban of ‘acutely toxic chemicals’

In response to a series of incidents – and with the intention of protecting, restoring and ensuring safety in the local ecological environment – China enacted the Yangtze River Protection Law on 26 December 2020, which then came into force on 1 March 2021. At nearly 3,000km in length, the primary waterway of the Yangtze River provides access to numerous ports in China including Taicang, Nantong, Jingjiang, Yangzhou, Nanjing and Wuhan. The new river protection law states, at paragraph 2 of Article 51: On 18 February 2021, the Shanghai Maritime ...

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Safe Loading and Carriage of Containers (on vessels other than purpose-built container ships)

Introduction The Club has recently received a number of enquiries concerning the carriage of containers on vessels not primarily designed to carry containers on deck and/or inside cargo holds, such as bulk carriers and general cargo vessels. The Club is aware of at least one instance where carriage of containers in this manner on a bulk carrier has resulted in a container stack collapse within the hold, necessitating a return to port in order to restow the containers. This note is intended to provide guidance concerning the risks presented by ...

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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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