News items in 2019
9 Aug 2019
Web Alert: Wind down period ends on US sanctions against Iran’s metal industries
On 8 May 2019 President Trump issued Executive Order (EO) 13871 which imposed broad sanctions on Iran’s iron, steel, aluminium and copper sectors, as they are the regime’s largest non-petroleum-based source of export revenue. It also imposed sanctions against those who engaged in transactions which supported these sectors.
8 Aug 2019
Web Alert: 46 countries signed Singapore convention on mediation
On 7 August 2019, a new United Nations (UN) treaty, the UN Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation (the Singapore Convention on Mediation) was open for signature at a ceremony at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. Singapore became the first among 46 countries including China, India and the USA to sign the treaty which will come into force at a later date.
26 Jul 2019
Web Alert: Compliance with ISPM 15
The club has come across a few cases where the ships on a voyage from South Africa to the USA were refused entry in the port on the grounds of non-compliance of wood packaging materials with the ISPM15. The financial losses arising from such non-compliance and refusal of entry were substantial.
23 Jul 2019
Web Alert: Assisting vessels in distress in the Mediterranean in light of recent developments
With the calmer, summer seas of the Mediterranean, conditions are more favourable for migrants to depart Libya in unseaworthy vessels with the hope of reaching Europe. Commercial vessels transiting the waters around Libya, Tunisia and Malta are likely to receive a distress call from these vessels or be requested by the Coast Guard of any of those States to assist.
23 Jul 2019
Web Alert: Piraeus office reopened
Following the earthquake which took place in Athens on Friday, we are pleased to inform brokers and members that the office has been reopened and business is as usual.
22 Jul 2019
Press Article: Working for a safer industry
Caitlin Kelly of Seaways, the international journal of The Nautical Institute, talks to Capt. Yves Vandenborn AFNI, Director of Loss Prevention at The Standard Club about his experience at sea and career ashore.
19 Jul 2019
Article: Tanker attacks in Fujairah and Gulf of Oman
In light of the recent attacks on tankers in Fujairah and the Gulf of Oman, and rising tensions in the area generally, the club has issued the following guidance which discusses club cover, risk mitigation and legal implications on contractual issues that members may face.
19 Jul 2019
Web Alert: Ebola update
The WHO Director General accepted the Emergency Committee’s proposal and on the 17 July 2019, declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
12 Jul 2019
Article: Hire Suspended for Vessel Seized by Pirates
The Commercial Court dismissed a shipowners' claim for hire exceeding USD 4.5 million for the period that the vessel 'Eleni P' was seized and detained by Somali pirates in the Arabian sea. In this decision the court applied fundamental principles of contractual construction in a time charter context.