News items in 2019
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.
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.