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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

21 Nov 2016

Post-board bulletin, November 2016

The club board and boards of its principal subsidiaries met in Tokyo on 21 October 2016. The club’s AGM was held on the same day. On the previous day, meetings of the board’s committees – strategy, nomination and governance, and audit and risk – took place. We report on the subjects discussed at these meetings and other topics in this special edition.

16 Nov 2016

Offshore Bulletin, November 2016

This special edition of the Standard Bulletin focuses on some of the recent legal and contractual reforms, and also looks at a trend of technological innovation and operational diversification as shipowners seek new ways to maximise opportunity in a difficult environment.

14 Nov 2016

Web Alert: 'Volcafe v CSAV' - The Court of Appeal overturns the first instance judgment on the order and burden of proof in cargo claims

The Court of Appeal set aside the High Court’s decision in Volcafe & others v CSAV [2015] EWHC 516 (Comm) that the carrier must first disprove negligence on its part before it can rely on its defences under Article IV Rule of the Hague Rules.

10 Nov 2016

Web Alert: The International Group's large casualty working group updates recommendations to clubs handling major casualties

The working group has now concluded a review of six major casualties that have occurred since 2012, in addition to the 20 that occurred between 2002 and 2012.

10 Nov 2016

Web Alert: Clarification on consequential losses - Transocean Drilling UK Ltd v Providence Resources plc

The Court of Appeal’s decision in the case of Transocean Drilling UK Ltd v Providence Resources plc is now a binding decision as permission to appeal to the Supreme Court is refused.

9 Nov 2016

Web Alert: The Standard Club backs new cyber security awareness efforts

This area of risk, whilst not new in the world in general, is a novel one for the maritime industry.

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.

4 Nov 2016

Web Alert: Funding of interim payments for pollution claims in CLC states

On 18 October an Agreement between the IG clubs and the 1992 Fund Assembly concerning interim payments was approved for immediate sign off. This Agreement is a result of several years of negotiations between the Fund and the IG clubs and is now the template agreement for IG clubs and the Fund to use in future pollution claims in CLC states to agree how interim payments should be treated by both paying parties.

4 Nov 2016

Web Alert: GUARDCON and Firearms - The importance of clause 10 of GUARDCON

BIMCO has recently updated the guidance with respect to clause 10 of GUARDCON with a view to underlining the importance of validated firearms and user certificates.

3 Nov 2016

Web Alert: The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) publishes third quarter report on piracy and armed robbery for 2016

The IMB has published its report on piracy and armed robbery for the third quarter of 2016, covering the period from 1 January to 30 September 2016. With just 42 attacks worldwide this quarter, it is reported that piracy and armed robbery at sea has fallen to its lowest levels since 1996.

3 Nov 2016

Web Alert: outcome of MEPC 70th session (24-28 October 2016)

The 70th session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70) took place between 24 and 28 October 2016.

2 Nov 2016

Web Alert: Mosquito-borne diseases & shipboard sanitary inspections in Brazil

Following the recent attention relating to the mosquito-borne diseases in Brazil and further to the club’s previous Web Alert on the problems with ship sanitation certificates (SSCC/SSCEC) in Brazil, the club’s local correspondent (Representacoes Proinde Ltda.) has issued practical guidance to assist ships calling Brazilian ports.

2 Nov 2016

Web Alert: The Cape Bari - The Importance of Carefully Reviewing Port Agreements and Terminal 'Conditions of Use'

It has been established pursuant to the Convention on Liability for Maritime Claims 1976 [1] (LLMC) that Owners are entitled to limit their liability for maritime claims.

1 Nov 2016

Web Alert: Considerable Coal Imports Expected For Emerging Asian Markets

The emerging Asian markets of Bangladesh, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam have increased their coal imports by 33% since this time last year and Klaveness Research expect the imports to 'grow considerably'.

31 Oct 2016

Standard Bulletin, October 2016

This special edition of the Standard Bulletin updates members on the progress of The Standard Syndicate since its launch in April 2015. It sets out the full range of insurance provided by the syndicate, which can be bought as stand-alone covers or combined with the club’s P&I cover to provide a comprehensive package of insurance to members.

28 Oct 2016

Web Alert: New under keel clearance requirements for Parana River and River Plate

October has seen the occurrence of two groundings in the Parana River.

27 Oct 2016

Web Alert: Visa arrangements required for foreign nationals working on vessels in Australia’s offshore oil and gas industry

The High Court of Australia unanimously declared on 31 August 2016 [1] that the federal government’s decision to exempt foreign workers on vessels in the offshore oil and gas industry from visa requirements was invalid.

27 Oct 2016

Web Alert: Standard Club extends reach in Nordic market through Managing General Agency Joint Venture with Hydor AS

Standard Hydor MGA offers Standard Syndicate marine and energy covers

26 Oct 2016

Web Alert: US announces further amendments to Cuban Asset Control Regulations

On 14 October 2016, the US Treasury Department of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced new amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) to create more economic opportunity for Cubans and Americans.