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News items in 2019

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17 Oct 2019

News: Port strike at Barcelona

We have been informed by our correspondent that there will be no port activity at Barcelona on 18th October.

14 Oct 2019

Article: Use of IMO 2020 Compliant Fuels

For members who have chosen to achieve compliance with IMO 2020 by using low sulphur fuel oil, this article serves to understand the specific aspects and variabilities of the 0.50% fuels.

11 Oct 2019

News: Update on Ballast Water Management Systems issued with Type Approval Certificates by USCG

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has recently issued a Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) Type Approval Certificate to Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd.

11 Oct 2019

News: Brazil pollution incident

We have been advised that the Brazilian authorities are approaching vessels offshore Brazil in order to identify the origin of crude oil which has affected 132 beaches on the North East coast of Brazil.

11 Oct 2019

News: Ecuador civil unrest

We have been informed by our correspondent in Ecuador that despite the civil disorder and internal road disruption, the terminal and ports are operating normally.

9 Oct 2019

News: Proposed termination of US coast guard medium frequency broadcast of NAVTEX

The National Weather Service Public Information Statement is notifying users of the opportunity to submit comments on the proposed termination of US coast guard medium frequency broadcast of NAVTEX and shift to satellite.

9 Oct 2019

News: 'Dangerous Ladders' Promotional Film

The #DangerousLadders campaign is a global initiative to improve the safety of pilot transfer arrangements and in particular the safe rigging of pilot ladders.

8 Oct 2019

News: Legislative developments in Egypt

In an attempt to speed up the litigation process for certain commercial disputes, Egypt has assigned Maritime Claims to the Economic Courts.

8 Oct 2019

News: 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.

8 Oct 2019

Press Article: The impact of sanctions on the maritime world

In the past two years, the use of international economic sanctions has returned to the forefront of international relations and global geopolitical landscape. Ben Chandler comments on the current situation in Maritime Risk International.

2 Oct 2019

Article: Exclusive interview with the SCMA as it turns 10

The Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA) celebrates 10 years of its establishment as an independent institution of arbitration in 2019.

1 Oct 2019

News: Ballast Water Management for Singapore flagged ships

Members with Singapore flagged ships are advised that the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has recently issued shipping circulars related to the commissioning testing of ballast water management systems (BWMS) and the incorporation of contingency measures into ballast water management plans (BWMP).

30 Sep 2019

Press Article: Eleni Antoniadou on her UN mandate

Greek news outlet Ethnos spoke to Eleni Antoniadou, Offshore Claims Executive, about her career prior to joining The Standard Club, including working for the UN.

26 Sep 2019

News: BIMCO publishes first Offshore Decommissioning Contract

BIMCO has published the new DISMANTLECON contract which is the first international standard contract designed for the dismantling and removal of offshore structures in the energy sector.

24 Sep 2019

News: Ballast water management (update)

As highlighted previously in the club’s regulation update, the ballast water management convention (BWMC) entered the second phase of its implementation from 8 September 2019.

20 Sep 2019

News: US 11th Circuit Court Rules on Bystander Emotional Distress Claims

In the United States a shipowner may face emotional distress claims from third parties, passengers or crewmembers who witness traumatic events that occur on or near an associated ship.

19 Sep 2019

News: US OFAC issues further Advisory in respect of Iran sanctions

On 4 September 2019, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued an 'Advisory to the Maritime Petroleum Shipping Community' to alert persons globally to the significant sanctions risks related to shipping petroleum or petroleum products from Iran.

18 Sep 2019

News: Armed security to be provided for vessels anchoring at Douala, Cameroon

Our correspondent BUDD Group reports that each vessel calling at anchorage at Base Buoy (B9) at Douala Port, Cameroon will now be provided with an armed security team for their protection.

13 Sep 2019

Web Alert: The Mediterranean ECA

The Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean was adopted with the aim of reducing pollution and protecting the marine environment in the Mediterranean Sea. The convention now has 22 contracting parties, all of whom have committed to take measures to assess and reduce pollution from ships travelling through the area.