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UK P&I Club appoints new Senior Claims Executive

The UK P&I Club, a leading provider of P&I insurance and other services to the international shipping community, has appointed Tom Starr as a Senior Claims Executive, who will be based in the Thomas Miller London offices. Tom, a solicitor and Master Mariner, joins the UK Club from Reed Smith, where he practised in dispute resolution arising out of marine casualties and related contractual disputes, managing cases in court and in international arbitration. Tom has investigated and handled a wide variety of marine incidents, including collisions, groundings, fire and explosions, ...

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GARD: Amendments to Rules 2020

This Circular outlines the amendments to the Rules for Ships and the Rules for Mobile Offshore Units of both Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig – and Gard P.& I. (Bermuda) Ltd (collectively the “Associations” and individually the “Association”), which will enter into force at noon GMT on 20 February 2020. RULES FOR SHIPS Rule 56 – Non-marine personnel To harmonize the wording of the Rules for Ships with the corresponding clause in the Pooling Agreement, some minor adjustments are made in Rule 56 (a) regarding cover for non-marine personnel on accommodation ...

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English Court Clarifies Owner Route and Ventilation Obligations

The English Commercial Court has provided a ruling in Alianca Navegacao e Logistica Ltda v Ameropa SA (The Santa Isabella) [2019] EWHC 3152 (Comm) which provides useful guidance on: 1) the legal test for a usual and customary route; and 2) owners’ obligation to ventilate and care for cargo. The case may be relevant to members involved in the bulk cargo trade and set out below is a summary of the key facts and reasonings of the judgment. Facts Alianca, the disponent owner of the bulk carrier Santa Isabella, chartered ...

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ITOPF — An invaluable resource of marine pollution assistance available to Members

Vessels entered with the Club are automatically enrolled with the ITOPF as members (for tankers) or associates (for other vessel types) and can benefit from free access to its comprehensive range of technical services. ITOPF is there to assist and advise in the event of a spill or threat of a spill of oil, chemicals or other substance in the marine environment. Promoting effective spill response for over 50 years ITOPF was established in 1968 to administer a voluntary oil spill compensation scheme on behalf of the world’s tanker owners. ...

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TT Talk – Tank container risks

The versatility of the tank container for both transport and storage can give it preference over traditional parcel tankers and drums, influencing how supply chains develop, providing additional efficiencies and flexibility. The intermodal transport of bulk liquid and solid cargoes can present operational challenges for all stakeholders in the supply chain. The UN portable tank (tank container) is a very good means of transporting liquids, gases and powders as bulk cargo. Constructed to the provisions of the UN Model regulations, the tank container is an intermodal cargo transport unit (CTU), ...

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Mass Global Positioning System (GPS) Spoofing At Ports In The People’s Republic Of China

There has been an increase of GPS spoofing incidents in and around coastal areas and ports in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) during the past year. In July 2019, an American containership transiting the Huangpu River near the port of Shanghai experienced nearby ships appearing and disappearing from its ECDIS display. The vessel proceeded into port and later lost signals on both GPS units just before berthing. A formal report was thereafter filed with the US Coast Guard (USCG) following this incident. Following these reports, the Center for Advanced ...

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Anthropogenic sound – practical considerations

In a previous Standard Club article we introduced the issue of anthropogenic sound. This form of noise pollution, for which shipping is the principal source, has profound effects on the ability of marine wildlife to migrate, mate and feed. Given that commercial shipping is a cross-border endeavour, a coordinated international industry-wide approach will be required to effect meaningful change. Fortunately, this problem is now gradually being recognised in the shipping industry. Having first discussed the issue of underwater noise in 2004, the IMO have since issued a set of non-mandatory ...

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Sulphur 2020 Compendium – How are individual port states expected to react?

With the new sulphur limits soon to be in force, Standard Club has been investigating the ways in which certain jurisdictions are expected to react to violations. We contacted our local correspondents from a variety of different ports, including Brazil, China, Denmark, Norway, Panama, Spain and Sweden, to build a compilation of what we believe is useful and practical knowledge for dealing with future sulphur claims. We asked our correspondents the following series of questions: Will compliant bunkers be available in your jurisdiction? Which government body or organisation issues fines ...

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Electronic (Paperless) Trading: Electronic Shipping Solutions, Bolero International Ltd, E-Title Authority Pte Ltd, Global Share Sa (Edoxonline Platform) And The Wave Network (Wave)

Members are asked to note that the International Group of P&I Clubs (IG) has recently approved WAVE. Members may recall, as reported in Circular No. 18/19 of June 13, 2019, that until February 2010 the Rules of all of the IG clubs specifically excluded liabilities in respect of the carriage of cargo under all electronic, i.e. paperless, trading systems to the extent that the liabilities under such systems would not have arisen under a ‘normal’ paper system i.e. one using transferable paper documentation. From February 20, 2010, liabilities arising in ...

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Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (Scrubber) Guidance

In a few weeks, IMO’s ‘global sulphur cap’ will take effect. The permitted levels of SOx in ship emissions will be restricted in association with the revised MARPOL Annex VI, ie the current sulphur limit of 3.5% of any fuel oil used onboard ships will be reduced to 0.5% from 1 January 2020, except for ships using ‘equivalent’ compliance mechanisms. It is yet to be proven how reliable the quality and supply of low sulphur compliant fuel (LSFO) is. There is a possibility that the price of high sulphur fuel ...

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Cover For War And Terrorism Risks, And Cover In Respect Of Biological And Bio-Chemical Weapons – 2020 Policy Year

This Circular describes the arrangements which have been made to provide special cover for war and terrorism risks, and cover in respect of biological and bio-chemical weapons for the 2020 policy year. War and terrorism risks For 2020, cover for war and terrorism risks will remain available from the Club in accordance with the relevant proviso to Rule 3.1.1 of the Rules of Class I. This cover will apply in excess of an insured vessel’s proper hull value, or $500 million, whichever is the lower amount, and will be for ...

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International Group Reinsurance Arrangements For 2020

The arrangements for the renewal of the International Group’s general excess of loss reinsurance contract (GXL) and Hydra reinsurance program for the forthcoming 2020 policy year have now been finalized. Structurally, the GXL program is relatively unchanged, with the emphasis having been on continuity and respecting the long-term relationships which the Group has built up with many of the world’s leading reinsurers. Those relationships have enabled the Group to achieve a fair balance between the utilization of the commercial reinsurance market and the risk retained by the Group through Hydra, ...

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P&IQ Registration Now Open To All

In 2010 the International Group launched the P&I Qualification (P&IQ) programme as a dedicated professional qualification providing high quality, sector-specific training in all aspects of P&I insurance to Club employees. The course allows candidates to gain valuable knowledge of the shipping industry, the origins and operation of P&I Clubs and the different types of liabilities insured. Two years after making the course available to Club correspondents, in October 2017, registration is now being opened to all other interested parties. The course materials have been updated and improved annually and are ...

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Maritime Slips, Trips, Falls And Lifting Injuries

INTRODUCTION In 2018, the American Club, in partnership with American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Lamar University (Lamar), launched a new project aimed at reducing accidents caused by unsafe conditions aboard vessels. The initiative’s long-term objective is to develop recommendations aimed at improving the day-to-day safety of maritime personnel, both afloat and ashore, through sharing the results of data analyses derived from this initiative. As a snapshot, the American Club has incurred over 8,400 claims from 2013 to 2018. Of these claims, 4,241 (~50%) of them are injuries. The total ...

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Focusing on Seafarer Wellbeing – Mental wellbeing

Seafarer wellbeing has been a focal topic for The Standard Club’s Loss Prevention team, particularly in recent years. Seafarer wellbeing is a holistic concept combining physical, mental, and social wellbeing. People often forget how mental and physical wellbeing are linked. You can only be as happy as you are healthy, in body and mind! This article focuses on mental wellbeing. Posters dedicated to this topic are attached on the right. The Standard Club’s ‘people claims’ statistics indicate a clear upward trend of mental health related illnesses. Being out at sea ...

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