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The guidance and advice from the club helps members operate as safely as possible, stay ahead of changing regulations and mitigate operating risks. Our team of experienced lawyers and technical experts specialise in particular ship types or geographical regions so they can provide tailored and relevant advice and guidance. These teams contribute to the wealth of best practice knowledge, news and opinion available to members

News items in 2016

Date Title

17 Feb 2016

Post-board Bulletin, February 2016

The club board, and the boards of its principal subsidiaries, met in Bermuda on 26 January 2016. The club’s class general meetings were held on the same day. On the previous day, meetings of the board’s three committees – Audit and Risk, Strategy, and Nomination and Governance – took place. We report on these in this bulletin special edition.

17 Feb 2016

Web Alert: Bills of lading as the contract of carriage – guiding principles as to the incorporation of charterparty terms

The bill of lading is often described as evidence of the contract of carriage. Identifying the precise terms of the contract can, however, be a complicated task as bills often incorporate terms by reference to other documents.

17 Feb 2016

Web Alert: Container lines avoiding Panama and Suez Canals due to charges

Container lines are adopting alternative routes to the Panama and Suez Canals to avoid charges say the Copenhagen-based SeaIntel Maritime Analysis

16 Feb 2016

Web Alert: Offshore Wind Energy on the rise

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) which encourages the use of wind power in Europe has published its annual figures: “Wind in power – 2015 European statistics”

15 Feb 2016

Web Alert: New online course launched to help maintain ships’ pipework

The course offers a practical guide on the types of pipework that can be found on board, advice on effective maintenance and suggestions for repairs in the event of pipe failure.

15 Feb 2016

Web Alert: New anti-piracy guide for tankers operating in Asia

The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) together with The Republic of Singapore Navy’s Information Fusion Centre (IFC) and the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) have recently published The Guide for Tankers Operating in Asia against Piracy and Armed Robbery Involving Oil Cargo Theft to help with the prevention of piracy attacks on tanker vessels operating in Asia

15 Feb 2016

Web Alert: S.A. maritime safety authority marine notice 10/2016

Members are advised that a new Marine Notice has been issued by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) and is now in operation

15 Feb 2016

Web Alert: Right to limit liability in India under the LLMC

A year ago, the Bombay High Court recognised for the first time shipowners’ right to limit liability by constituting a limitation fund in accordance with the 1976 Convention, as amended under the 1996 Protocol.

10 Feb 2016

Web Alert: The Clipper Monach - A time charterer's successful lien over cargo

In this case the time charterer claimant, as disponent owner, voyage chartered the Clipper Monarch for the carriage of a cargo of iron ore from Mexico to China

9 Feb 2016

Web Alert: Drones to enforce pollution fines in the Bosporus

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s Marine Services Directorate has announced it will use drones to monitor marine pollution in the Bosporus in efforts to improve surveillance and fine enforcement.

9 Feb 2016

Web Alert: Northern Sea Route won't challenge Suez until 2040

A new study by the Copenhagen Business School concludes that the navigation season on the Northern Sea Route (NSR) will remain too short for investments in ice-class vessels to be economically viable for at least 20 years.

8 Feb 2016

Web Alert: Release of the ICCOPR Oil Pollution research and technology plan

Under Section 7001 of OPA 90, the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil Pollution Research (ICCOPR) is required to establish a Federal oil pollution R&D program.

5 Feb 2016

Web Alert: Extended fixed costs regime in UK courts?

On 28 January 2016 Lord Justice Jackson delivered a lecture to the Insolvency Practitioners Association arguing that the existing fixed costs regime in England and Wales needed extending and suggesting that it could eventually apply to all claims.

4 Feb 2016

Web Alert: The English courts are again strict on the issue of timebars

The Court of Appeal has reaffirmed their strict approach to time bars in the recent collision case of STOLT KESTREL c/w NIYAZI S.

3 Feb 2016

Web Alert: Zika virus considerations

The World Health Organization has declared the recent outbreak of Zika virus a “global public health emergency”. This change in the status of this epidemic reflects the gravity with which the spread of Zika virus is now being viewed by international health organisation

3 Feb 2016

Web-Alert: update on Emission Control Areas in China (Yangtze River Delta ECA)

The Ministry of Transport of China has confirmed that from 1 April 2016, vessels should use low-sulphur fuel oil (with sulphur content ≤0.5% m/m) during the period the ship is ‘at-berth’ at one of the ‘key ports’.

3 Feb 2016

Web Alert: Australia – Recognition of foreign maritime liens?

In the recent landmark decision of The Sam Hawk1, the Federal Court of Australia held that a foreign maritime lien (even if the claim does not constitute a maritime lien under Australian law) is enforceable in Australia and capable of founding the arrest of a ship under the Admiralty Act 1988 (Cth) [“Act”].

2 Feb 2016

Web Alert: IMB publishes annual report on piracy 2015 showing slight increase from 2014

The IMB has published its report on piracy and armed robbery for the 12-month period from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015

29 Jan 2016

Web alert: ice navigation season underway in Ukrainian and Russian ports

Winter navigation has reportedly been announced in the ports of Nikolaev, Dnepro-Bugskiy, Mariupol, Taganrog, Rostov-on-Don, Yeysk, Azov and Kherson.