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IMO-2020 sulphur cap – issues to consider prior to the implementation of the carriage ban on 1 March 2020

With the IMO 2020 global sulphur cap now in force, members should bear in mind another significant date in relation to the ‘carriage ban’ – coming into force on 1 March 2020. The ban mandates that fuel oil used and carried on board ships must not exceed the 0.50% sulphur limit, unless the ship is provided with ‘equivalent’ compliance mechanism like exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS), or ‘scrubbers’. The carriage ban may prompt increased enforcement action in the coming months, as the breach will be clearly evident to authorities, and ...

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COVID-19 – the effect of this public health emergency on charterparty terms

Is it useful to compare the COVID-19 with earlier disease outbreaks? A comparison with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014 – 2016 is probably not useful as the Ebola virus has different characteristics and was mostly restricted to small areas in West Africa, crossing state borders. It may be more useful to compare the current outbreak with the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak of 2002/2003 and the MERS-CoV outbreak which peaked in 2014. However, although the three viruses come from the same family it appears there are significant differences between them ...

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Chen Zhida: Novel Coronavirus – Implications for charterparties

Last month, the Club issued a bulletin on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) which explained the origin of the virus and provided advice for Members whose vessels may be trading in affected areas. As the outbreak continues, there are now threats of significant delays to shipments around the world and in particular, Asia. Chen Zhida, Associate Director of Helmsman LLC, provides advice for shipowners and charterers who may be concerned about the impact that COVID-19 may have on charterparties. BIMCO Infectious or Contagious Disease clause. The BIMCO Infectious or Contagious ...

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West of England Club expands its New York office

We are pleased to announce the expansion of our New York office. Senior Claims Manager Emily McCulloch transferred to New York from London at the beginning of the year and will be joined by Alton Peralta. Alton has had a 20 year career in all aspects of marine risk management and claims handling, both at the operational level for a leading tug and barge operator and with marine insurance companies, where he was latterly the Marine Claims Manager for the east coast and Gulf regions for a large U.S. carrier. ...

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Novel coronavirus update

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to rise according to the World Health Organisation. As at 10:00 (CET) on 12 February 2020 the number of confirmed cases had reached 45,171 across 25 countries, however the rate of reported infections has decreased. Members should remain vigilant and we recommend members to check with the local agents and club correspondents on the latest information required before entering port and contact us in case they need any assistance. Members should also be cautious of unsolicited information, particularly emails, that purport to be ...

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Keep an eye out for slip, trip and fall hazards onboard

In the 10 year period 2009 – 2018, slips, trips and falls, commonly referred to as STFs, accounted for 20% of all crew injuries handled by Gard. In their Annual Overview of Marine Casualties 2019, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) also noted that STFs are the most frequent causes of personal injury. Are all ranks susceptible to STF related injuries? The answer is yes, although some ranks feature more than others. We see that ratings are 60% more likely to be injured through STFs related causes compared to officers. ...

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London P&I Club presents practical advice on holds and hatches to enhance seafarer safety and reduce cargo claims

Recognising that around a third of all cargo claims and a significant number of seafarer accidents are connected with the use and operation of holds and hatches, The London P&I Club has, today, launched comprehensive guidance to help seafarers and ship operators protect themselves further. A common-sense booklet generously illustrated with practical examples of best practice is being offered to all Club members and is particularly aimed at fleet superintendents and serving mariners of all ranks. Safe operating procedures for all types of hatch covers is given with the specific ...

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Fatigue at Sea: Wearable technology

Jason Eden is the founder and CEO of Sleep and Fatigue Research Ltd (Safr) who use technology to monitor and manage crew fatigue. The company has worked with industries such as aviation, road transportation, the emergency services and NHS and financial services. Before Safr, Jason was a pilot and safety manager in the UK’s Royal Air Force and was a member of the RAF’s Fatigue Risk Management Working Group. Over the past few years, several of the Club’s loss prevention initiatives1 have identified sleepiness and long-term fatigue to be recognised ...

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West of England P&I Club expands its New York office

The West of England, a leading A-rated mutual marine insurer, is today announcing the expansion of its New York office. Senior Claims Manager Emily McCulloch transferred to New York from London at the beginning of the year and will be joined by Alton Peralta, a locally qualified claims adjuster with extensive experience of dealing with U.S. liabilities and especially crew claims under the Jones Act. 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 ...

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West Africa maritime security update

The club has identified a marked increase in incidents of piracy and armed robbery attacks off West Africa during 2019 and early 2020. This included the worrying increase in kidnappings involving tankers often occurring a long way from shore. A recent industry report highlighted that the most dangerous area for maritime crime is West Africa[i]. In an effort to provide members with a comprehensive update of the region, the club has collated various guidance from local lawyers and correspondents in West Africa. Introduction In the International Maritime Bureau (IMB)’s Piracy ...

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Outbreak Of The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-Ncov): United States Coast Guard (Uscg) Marine Safety Information Bulletin (Msib) Of February 2, 2020

The United States Coast Guard has recently cancelled its MSIB 01-20 entitled Novel Coronavirus Precautions dated January 24, 2020. This was referred to in the Club’s Member Alert of the same date. In the former bulletin’s place the USCG has now published new precautionary guidance in the form of MSIB 02-20, Novel Coronavirus. This new document highlights the recent proclamation on suspension of entry into the United States of Persons who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus. In this connection, Members should note that the USCG Captain of ...

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TT Club Advises Transport Operators on their Liabilities as a Consequence of the Coronavirus

The ongoing disruption to freight transport services and global supply chains resulting from the coronavirus are significant and will continue to evolve on a daily basis. In addition to the heightening challenges transport operators are facing in moving their customers goods to and from China, insurance provider, TT Club is advising on the potential unforeseen exposures that may also accrue. In a briefing compiled with the assistance of specialist international lawyers, HFW, the Club outlines how freight forwarders, logistics service providers and other intermediaries can protect themselves legally and minimise ...

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The 2019 Novel Coronavirus: Impact On Maritime Operations In The People’s Republic Of China

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) continues to impact maritime operations at various ports in the PRC. Your Managers have been updated as to the following requirements and restrictions: 1. Health declaration requirements before berthing: * Tianjin and Xiamen: Submission of a Health Declaration Form is required before a vessel’s berthing. The form is available here for reference purposes. * Dalian: Customs officers will attend on board the vessel and take the temperature of each member of the crew. 2. Vessels with crew from vessels having port calls in Wuhan or ...

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The threat of Malaria

Nigel Griffiths heads the Marine Advisory Medical Service and has administered the Standard Club PEME Scheme for two years. Here he shares information about Malaria, measures of prevention and how it can be treated. Malaria Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease that affects humans and other animals. Malaria causes symptoms that typically include fever, tiredness, vomiting, and headaches. In severe cases it can cause yellow skin, seizures, coma, or death. According to the latest World Malaria Report by WHO, released in November 2018, there were 219 million cases of malaria ...

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Novel coronavirus – number of confirmed cases continues to rise

The latest situation report no 17 issued by WHO on 6 February 2020 states over 28,200 confirmed cases globally with over 3,700 new cases and 73 deaths in the last 24 hours. The latest situation dashboard on the WHO website confirms that the virus has now spread to 24 other nations apart from China. WHO is working closely with global experts, governments and partners to rapidly expand scientific knowledge on this new virus, to track the spread and virulence of the virus, and to provide advice to countries and individuals ...

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