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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.
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.
11 Jul 2019
Article: If General Average is declared...
In practice, the principles of GA are the same whether the ship is a bulk carrier with one consignment of cargo or a container vessel carrying 20,000 TEU of containerised goods. The practical issues do, however, increase in scope depending on the scale and complexity of the casualty and number of interests involved.
19 Jun 2019
Article: Sampling of fuel oil used on board (PSC enforcement criteria)
Regulation 18 of MARPOL Annex VI covers issues relating to fuel quality, sampling, and delivery requirements. While the responsibility to comply with this regulation lies with the fuel oil suppliers, the reality is that the enforcement agencies generally look to ships to verify compliance.
16 Apr 2019
Article: IMO 2020 - charterparty FAQs
The below FAQs are intended to assist members (as owners and charterers) in preparing their charterparties for IMO 2020. Whilst this is not intended to be formal legal or technical advice or an exhaustive list of FAQs, it seeks to identify chartering issues arising from IMO 2020, including potential contractual responsibilities and liabilities in respect of compliance.
18 Jan 2019
Web Alert: Liability in ship collision appeal - Evergreen Marine (UK) Limited v Nautical Challenge Limited
In this case, the first instance decision of Teare J was upheld on appeal following a collision that occurred in the narrow channel leading to the entrance of the port of Jebel Ali. It was the first appeal on liability in a collision case to reach the Court of Appeal since 2004. The findings of the Court of Appeal will be of assistance to members in avoiding confusion regarding the application of the Collison Regulations (COLREGs).
14 Jan 2019
Article: Piracy in Southeast Asia
Piracy is an ongoing issue in Southeast Asia. In this article we present a hypothetical case study from Thailand to illustrate how P&I cover would respond to the different claims arising from a piracy attack.
12 Dec 2018
Web Alert: Split bills of lading and ship’s delivery orders
The two main ways in which one consignment can be discharged to different receivers - even though originally only one bill of lading was issued - is either for the original bill of lading to be split into several bills of lading or, alternatively, for discharge to take place against a ship’s delivery order.
15 Feb 2018
Web Alert: Petrobras' new bidding procedures
This new Regulation was enacted as a result of the ‘Lava Jato’ corruption scandal, in order to target allegations of lack of transparency during the contract bidding process.
1 Mar 2017
Web Alert: Ship Arrest in Canada
A ship arrest can be done within a few hours at relatively low cost, depending on its location, making Canada one of the most favourable jurisdictions for ship arrests.
7 Nov 2016
Web Alert: Stowaway prevention advice for South African ports
It comes as no surprise to experienced ship owners that South Africa presents the possibility of stowaways and the disruption that this event can cause. For some time now South Africa has experienced regular stowaway activity at its major ports. P&I Associates (PTY) Ltd, based in Durban, has issued guidance on the unique challenges posed by the South African Authorities rules on Stowaways.
17 Oct 2016
Web Alert: Hazards associated with the transport of lithium-ion batteries
Following recent media attention surrounding the incidents of self–ignition of lithium-ion batteries used in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and the product recall, the Club has received a number of queries in respect of best practices concerning the safe carriage of such batteries as well as issues of club cover arising from carriage of the batteries as cargo onboard members’ vessels.
6 Jul 2016
Web Alert: New guidance from Intertanko on social media use
This guidance is designed to help seafarers use social media, whilst avoiding its many pitfalls. Specifically it covers the possible ramifications of social media posts which could be detrimental to an employer’s corporate image.
22 Jun 2016
Web Alert: German Commercial Code - A short advisory note
This short memorandum is intended to provide guidance and raise awareness in respect of P&I club cover for cargo liabilities which would not have arisen 'but for' the cargo having been carried on terms less favourable to those set out in the Hague or Hague-Visby Rules; unless of course additional cover has been specifically agreed with the club or the relevant terms of the contract are of compulsory application by law.
2 Jun 2016
Web Alert: York Antwerp Rules 2016 - The changes
On 6 May 2016 in New York the International Working Group of the Comité Maritime International (IWG) approved the 11th revision of the York-Antwerp Rules (YAR), the York-Antwerp Rules 2016. The intention of the parties involved in this process was to create a new set of rules that would enable the YAR to correspond to the established adjusting practice and the needs of the various parties of the shipping industry, also achieving greater uniformity in the treatment of general average.
18 Feb 2016
Web Alert: York Antwerp Rules 2016 - where are we now?
Further to the club’s previous web-alert on general average (GA) and the York Antwerp Rules (YAR), the club understands that there is yet to be a final agreement on the form of the next version of the YAR, namely the YAR 2016.
7 Jan 2016
Web Alert: New Entry Criteria for vessels calling French ports
The French State has implemented new provisions regarding tax exemptions on commercial vessels of at least 15 meters in length, including yachts. The provisions came into force on the 1st January 2016. These provisions can be found in the Official Bulletin of the Tax-Public Finance of the French Republic (“BOI”).
18 Mar 2015
Web alert: The New Jason Clause: a reminder of its importance
The key lesson to take away from reading this article is that shipowners should ensure that the standard, unamended, wording of the 'New Jason Clause’ is always incorporated into their bills of lading / waybills when US Law may be applicable, or if the contract concerns shipment of cargoes from or to the United States.
28 Jan 2015
Web alert: the pitfalls of using the outdated LMAA Small Claims Procedure
The present version of the terms - the LMAA Small Claims Procedure 2012 - is usually the version incorporated into most agreements or charterparties, either explicitly or by referring to the terms ‘in force at the time the dispute arises’. There are, however, instances where previous versions of the SCP have been agreed, such as the SCP 2006 or even the SCP 2002.