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News items in 2019

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17 Jun 2019

Web Alert: Recent incident involving vessels attacked in Gulf of Oman

Explosions have been reported from two tankers in the Gulf of Oman on 13 June 2019. As a result, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) have issued an advisory.

13 Jun 2019

13 June 2019, Standard Club circular - Electronic (Paperless) Trading

Please read attached circulars.

13 Jun 2019

Annual report and financial statements 2019

This document reports on the result for 2018/19 and outlines the progress that has been made on driving forward the strategic objectives of the club.

10 Jun 2019

Web Alert: US threatens imposition of sanctions on countries that buy Iranian oil

A report on the press briefing held on 20 May 2019 by Brian Hook, the US Special Representative for Iran

4 Jun 2019

Web Alert: New cyber security clause from BIMCO now available

In response to recent cyber attack incidents, which have cost a number of major shipping companies millions, BIMCO has developed and drafted a new cyber security clause.

29 May 2019

Web Alert: Port of Cape Town to get helicopter pilot transfer service

Members are informed on the recent announcement by South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) that it has made the decision following a successful trial in October last year of the service to transfer pilots to/from vessels via helicopter.

28 May 2019

Web Alert: Increase in PSC detentions due to defective sewage treatment plant

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has issued a circular highlighting increase in Port State Control (PSC) detentions experienced by Singapore ships due to defects relating to the ship’s sewage treatment plant.

28 May 2019

Press Article: The perplexities of the IMO’s 2020 global sulphur cap

Eva Kelesidou, Claims Executive, has written an article in Maritime Risk International about the challenges associated with the IMO 2020 sulphur cap

28 May 2019

Article: English court confirms position on deck cargo exclusion clauses in The Elin[1].

The English court has recently confirmed the position on the carriage of deck cargo and the operation of exclusion clauses in a judgment that is a useful reminder for members both as to the use and effectiveness of such clauses.

22 May 2019

22 May 2019, War Risks Class circular - Additional Premium Areas

Please read attached circulars.

21 May 2019

Web Alert: New US sanctions imposed against Iran’s metals industry

On 8 May 2019 President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) which imposes sanctions in respect of the iron, steel, aluminium, and copper sectors of Iran with the aim of targeting the Iranian government’s development of a nuclear weapon and intercontinental ballistic missiles, by denying them a revenue stream through the export of these products.

16 May 2019

Web Alert: Ukraine adopts new ballast water regulations

For the past several months ships trading in Ukrainian ports have reported being unfairly detained on the basis that they failed ecological inspection.

16 May 2019

Press Article: Banning dangerous cargoes not the solution to stamping out container fires

Yves Vandenborn, director of loss prevention for the Standard Club, explains why he believes that banning dangerous cargoes is not the solution to stopping container fires.

9 May 2019

Web Alert: USCG ballast water developments in the US

All ships calling at US ports and intending to discharge ballast water must either carry out ballast water exchange or treatment. US legislation requires the ballast water treatment system to be type-approved by the USCG. ​

8 May 2019

Web Alert: Drought forces further draft restrictions on the Panama Canal

The unprecedented drought hitting Panama has forced authorities to make a sixth draft restriction change this year. Effective from May 28, ships transiting through the new neopanamax locks will have a maximum authorised draft of 13.11m, shaving another 30cm off from the last restriction issued at the end of last month.

8 May 2019

Web Alert: Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) - 2019 Risk Period

The club would like to remind its members on the upcoming high risk season for Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM). During this time it is expected that port state inspectors in the United States, Canada, Chile, Australia and New Zealand will increase their efforts to prevent the spread of this invasive species.

7 May 2019

Web Alert: Enclosed space entry concerns

The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) is calling attention to the hazards of confined space entry after a 'shocking spike' in the number of deaths associated with the known hazard.

2 May 2019

Web Alert: USCG re-instatement of BWM extensions: Are you affected?

The US Coast Guard (USCG) has reconsidered its interpretation of 'next scheduled drydocking' with regard to extensions given under its ballast water management requirements in 33 CFR 151 Subparts C and D and is providing additional guidance on what constitutes entry into drydock and the end of an extension period.

30 Apr 2019

Press Article: ECDIS - elephant on the bridge?

Captain Yves Vandenborn, of The Standard Club, explains why shipowners and their bridge teams need to do more to ensure clear understanding of ECDIS and other safety-critical systems.