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News items in 2019

Date Title

20 Mar 2019

Web Alert: Calls at Qatari ports

Members are reminded that direct trade between Qatar and seven other states (the 'Restricting States') remains restricted or prohibited.

12 Mar 2019

Web Alert: Relying on bill of lading terms against cargo receivers in Senegal

Members should be aware that for shipments of cargo to Senegal, carriers may be unable to rely on their bill of lading terms against the named consignee.

1 Mar 2019

Web-alert: Precautions against Contacting Fishing Net in Ningde waters, China

Further to the club’s previous web alert on fishery farm claims in China, there have been reports that in the past 15 days, four similar incidents occurred off Ningde or Kement Port of Fujian Province.

27 Feb 2019

Web Alert: Chinese ballast water management requirements

Following China’s ratification of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, the authorities have issued a document on the supervision and management of ship ballast water and sediment upon entry into Chinese waters.

27 Feb 2019

Web Alert: GPS week rollover

The UK Maritime Coastguard Agency and the US Homeland Security have issued alerts for operators using Global Positioning System for both position and Coordinated Universal Time.

26 Feb 2019

Web Alert: Expansion of The Standard Club’s PEME scheme

Since its creation in September 2015, the club’s pre-employment medical examination (PEME) scheme has conducted over 12,500 examinations on behalf of club members. The expansion in number of clinics and locations will allow more examinations to take place.

25 Feb 2019

Press Article: Sulphur cap regulation will increase P&I exposure

Eddy Morland, Head of the International Division at The Standard Club, discusses the IMO sulphur cap regulation that kicks in on March 1, 2020.

19 Feb 2019

Web Alert: Ship detention in The Singapore Strait

Members are advised on the recent industry advisory issued by the Singapore Shipping Association and the notice issued by the club’s local correspondents in Indonesia, highlighting a number of cases where the ships anchored in waters around the island of Batam and near Bintan have been detained by the Indonesian Authorities as a part of their efforts to combat smuggling.

15 Feb 2019

The Standard Club Rule Books 2019/20

The Rule Books for 2019/20 have now been published.

13 Feb 2019

Web Alert: 'FONAR' systems in view of the 2020 sulphur regulations

The IMO has attempted to reduce airborne emissions from ships through Annex VI of the MARPOL Convention, which first came into force in 2005. This includes a global limit for the sulphur content of ship’s fuel oil, as well as more stringent controls within designated ‘Emission Control Areas’ (ECAs).

13 Feb 2019

Article: Anthropogenic sound - the pollution you may not have heard of

The shipping industry is the primary cause of anthropogenic sound but at present international laws and guidelines do little to negate this. This begs the question whether anything more stringent will be introduced and, if so, what effect this may have on cover and costs to members/other parties in the industry.

8 Feb 2019

Web Alert: INTERTANKO’s guide to New Zealand’s biofouling and ballast water requirements

INTERTANKO offers guidance to members on New Zealand’s biofouling and ballast water requirements for commercial vessels.

7 Feb 2019

Web Alert: Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) of 2018

VIDA establishes a new framework for the regulation of vessel incidental discharges.

6 Feb 2019

Web Alert: Venezuela - US sanctions imposed on PDVSA

On 28 January 2019, the Venezuelan state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) was designated by US OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) to the US Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List) under Executive Order 13850.

1 Feb 2019

Web Alert: Bad weather closes Algerian ports

Most of Algeria's ports have been closed to traffic as a result of bad weather. Ports closed include Arzew, Oran, Mostaganem, Skikda and Tenes.

29 Jan 2019

Article: Don’t be misled by the apparent accuracy of electronic navigation aids

While navigators might assume that the accuracy of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) is certain, this is not always the case, and many navigators are placing too much faith in the information that their ECDIS displays. For safe navigation, a mariner must also consider the accuracy and reliability of the source hydrographic data.

28 Jan 2019

Web Alert: IMO 2020 sulphur cap update - Port of Fujairah to ban use of open-loop scrubbers

The Port of Fujairah, the largest bunkering port in the Middle East will ban the use of open-loop scrubbers and will require all ships to use compliant fuel oil when the IMO 2020 sulphur cap comes into force.

25 Jan 2019

Web Alert: The International Maritime Bureau issue 2018 piracy report

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) have issued their annual 2018 piracy and armed robbery report, which has shown an increase in reported incidents compared to last year.

24 Jan 2019

Web Alert: Mandatory Mediation Requirement Introduced in Turkey

The Turkish Commercial Code has been amended to require that commercial monetary claims must be taken to a mediator before being lodged with the competent court.