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Skuld Hong Kong staff working from home

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, our Hong Kong office will remain closed for the week 3-7 February. Skuld Hong Kong staff will be working from home and are available through email and mobile phones.

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Focusing on Seafarer Wellbeing – Socialisation

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 the socialisation. Posters dedicated to this topic are attached on the right. Socialisation With on-board wi-fi, you can now stay in constant contact with your loved ones, sharing every moment of each ...

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Do we know enough about the cargoes we carry?

Appendix 3, Art 2 of the IMSBC Code states “many fine particle cargoes, if possessing a sufficiently high moisture content are liable to flow”. There are two main concerns here for seafarers relating to liquefaction. Firstly, the fine particle size of the cargo and secondly, the high moisture content, i.e. the moisture content is higher than the cargo’s transportable moisture limit (TML). The threshold for ‘fine particle’ is not defined in the Code, although the Code mentions particle size distribution in the schedule for individual cargoes. However, it may not ...

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North P&I Club Launches Advanced Interactive Information Portal for Members and Correspondentson

North P&I Club has announced details of its new digital resource, MyGlobeView, which is an advanced, interactive geographical information portal, developed in partnership with innovative geospatial intelligence company – Geollect. Exclusively for North’s Members and Correspondents, the launch of MyGlobeView enables access to a broader range of data relating to commercial and trading risk, port infrastructure, meteorological and travel advice. The portal also includes a news feed detailing updates from reputable trade news outlets. Geollect and North are working together to provide information, analysis and assessments relating to the commercial ...

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Greece: Increased pollution fines

This update is in response to the recent changes in Greek environmental law and the higher pollution fines that are now being imposed by the authorities. The intention of this update is to enhance Members’ awareness and provide some practical tips should a pollution incident occur. Revised level of fines By virtue of Presidential Decree 113/2019, the administrative fines for breaches of the Greek statute on ship-source pollution have been increased to implement EU Directives 2005/35 and 2009/123. This coincides with an increase of the administrative fines for breaches of ...

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Incidents involving ships underway in the eastbound lane of Singapore Strait

The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) has released an incident alert recently for incidents involving ships while underway in the eastbound lane of Singapore Strait. On 18 January 2020, two incidents occurred within an interval of five hours to the same barge carrying scrap metal while underway in the eastbound lane of Singapore Strait. On both occasions, the perpetrators stole some scrap metal. There was no confrontation between the perpetrators and the crew. Alongside these occurrences, a total of three incidents have been reported in the Singapore Strait since January ...

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Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

In response to the Chinese authorities having identified a cluster of novel Coronavirus in Wuhan City, China, the WHO, in a statement issued on 23 January 2020, said that the outbreak does not yet constitute a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) at this stage, but would review the situation in a matter of days. At the same time, the WHO assessed the public health risk of this event to be very high in China, high at the regional level and high at the global level. Please refer to ...

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Reminder of requirements for complying with the California Ocean-Going Vessel Fuel Regulation

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted the ‘Fuel Sulfur and Other Operational Requirements for Ocean-Going Vessels within California Waters and 24 Nautical Miles of the California Baseline’ (OGV Fuel Regulation) in 2008. This regulation requires the use of cleaner-burning low sulphur marine distillate fuels by vessel main engines, auxiliary engines, and auxiliary boilers within 24nm of the California coastline. More importantly, the regulation does not allow compliance via scrubbers. Only the low sulphur distillate grades of fuel (marine gas oil or marine diesel oil) can be used to comply ...

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TT Talk – Legal eagle: considering procedural delays

It may be frustrating where proceedings are commenced but not followed-through in a reasonable time-frame. English law articulates three requirements before a claim may be struck out and this judgment clarifies that all three must be satisfied. The Facts A shipping line carried a shipment of bananas in 28 containers from Ecuador and Honduras to Albania. On arrival the bananas were found to be damaged and the consignee issued proceedings in England against the line based on delay and an alleged failure to maintain correct temperatures. Four years and seven ...

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Update on marine pollution fines in Turkey as of 1 January 2020

Members are advised that, further to the club’s news item of 17 January 2019 and a recent circular by the club’s correspondent, Omur Marine, the levels of pollution fines being applied by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in Turkey against polluting vessels have again increased significantly, this year by more than 20%. As of 1 January 2020, pollution fines are calculated as follows: Pollution caused by petroleum products by tankers (such as crude oil, fuel products, bilge, sludge, slop, refined product, greasy waste materials etc) Ships up to and including ...

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Guidelines for the carriage of seed cake in containers

‘Seed cake’ is the term used for pulp, meals, cake, pellets, expellers and other similar cargo, where edible vegetable oils have been removed from oil-bearing seeds, cereals or commodities with similar properties. A joint publication of CINS and the International Group of P&I clubs sets out practices that are intended to improve safety during the carriage of seed cake and to ensure that it is properly declared, packaged and carried. Seed cake shall be transported in compliance with the requirements set out in the IMDG code. The practices set out ...

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China coronavirus

In China the number of people infected with the coronavirus is increasing. The virus was first discovered in Wuhan China but later spread to other cities in China and abroad. According to The World Health Organization (WHO), coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. WHO will consider declaring ...

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International Group of P&I Associations Excess War Risks P&I Effective from Noon 20 February 2020 G.M.T.

As part of the renewal of the International Group’s General Excess of Loss Reinsurance Contract for the policy year 2020/2021, the excess War Risks P&I cover will also be renewed for a period of 12 months, with the costs included in the total rates charged to shipowners. The terms on which the excess War Risks P&I Cover will be provided for the 2020 policy year are in most respects the same as for the 2019 policy year, including the limit of cover of US$500 million. However, for the 2020 policy ...

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First lines ashore! Do we understand the risk?

In most mooring operations, the first lines are required to get and hold the vessel in position until the remaining mooring lines are sent ashore and vessel is safely moored. This could lead to the first lines, usually the fore and aft spring lines, experiencing significant loads. Without any load or tension indicators the crew operating the winch may not come to know if the line has been tensioned beyond its breaking load. This makes the first lines highly susceptible to part and snap back causing a tragic incident. While ...

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‘Book it Right and Pack it Tight’

1st January this year saw mandatory enforcement of the latest version of the IMDG Code, Amendment 39-18. As the incorrect declaration, packing, handling and stowage of dangerous goods of all types is seen as a primary cause of many container ship fires, insurance mutuals UK P&I and TT Club have once more collaborated in publishing guidelines under the title ‘Book it Right and Pack it Tight’. The guide published this week and available free of charge*, provides key insights for all actors in the freight supply chain responsible for preparing ...

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