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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 Oct 2016

Web Alert: ReCAAP ISC Quarterly Report reveals a 65% decrease in piracy in Asia

This web alert looks at the amount and location of Piracy incidents in 2016. It includes advice from ReCAAP.

21 Oct 2016

Web Alert: Dryad Maritime publishes maritime crime figures for the third quarter of 2016

This Web Alert discusses the maritime crime figures published by Dryad Maritime.

21 Oct 2016

Web Alert: Definition of 'ship' under Article I (1) of the 1992 Civil Liability Convention (CLC) – follow up

In our web alert dated 25 September 2015, we reported about the guidance prepared by the IPOC Funds’ secretariat to ascertain whether a vessel falls within or outside the definition of 'ship' under Article I (1) of the 1992 Civil Liability Convention (CLC). This guidance has been approved (with minor editorial correction) by the 1992 Fund governing bodies in April 2016 and is now available to download at the IPOC Funds website.

21 Oct 2016

Web Alert: Discharging of damaged food cargo in Lebanon

Members trading to Lebanon should be aware that the Lebanese Public Health Ministry has recently imposed harsh regulations against all food sectors including cargo entering the country.

20 Oct 2016

Web Alert: ‘The Aqasia’ – The package limitation in Article IV Rule 5 of The Hague Rules not to apply to bulk cargoes

At last we have an English authority to determine whether Article IV Rule 5 of the Hague Rules applies to bulk cargo.

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.

17 Oct 2016

Web Alert: LOI Beware! The dangers of releasing cargo against an LOI

This web alert serves as a reminder of the dangers of releasing cargo against an LOI. The club would emphasise that members should have a full appreciation of the risks in order for these to be minimised.

13 Oct 2016

Asia Bulletin, October 2016

This bulletin is a review of some of the region’s current shipping issues and challenges.

10 Oct 2016

Web Alert: 'Spar Shipping' - The Court of Appeal confirms that payment of hire is not a condition

The Court of Appeal has confirmed the High Court’s decision in Spar Shipping [2015] that the obligation to pay hire under a time charterparty is an innominate term, not a condition of the contract.

7 Oct 2016

Web Alert: The end of the 'grace period' for verification of the gross mass of containers

On 1 July 2016, new requirements to verify the gross mass of a packed container entered into force under the International Convention for the Safety of life at Sea (SOLAS).

7 Oct 2016

Web Alert: Oceans Beyond Piracy publish Handbook on the Use of Force for Private Security Companies

Oceans Beyond Piracy have recently published a Handbook on the Use of Force for Private Security Companies (‘the Handbook'), written by Phillip Drew and Rob McLaughlin.

6 Oct 2016

Press Article: Offshore energy vessel sector hits tough times

Julian Hines, Senior Surveyor, compares the offshore energy vessel market with other shipping sectors in this article published in Maritime Risk International

5 Oct 2016

Web Alert: Concerns for Safety of Nickel Ore loading operations in Surigao, Mindanao

Members are advised that PANDI Philippines Inc. have issued warnings regarding persistent heavy rainfall in the Surigao area of Mindanao and the effect of the nickel ore trade which are a cause of concern for masters intending to load nickel ore cargo.

3 Oct 2016

Web Alert: South Korean ports infrastructure boost

This follows the recent receivership application by Hanjin Shipping and an earlier promise by the government to make the nation’s shipping more competitive.

28 Sep 2016

Web Alert: Maritime UK sets out Brexit priorities for maritime industry

Maritime UK has prepared a document setting out its priorities during Britain’s EU exit negotiations and future trade deals.

26 Sep 2016

Press Article: Contract reviews up 30 per cent

Joseph Divis, Offshore Underwriter, is featured in International Tug & OSV discussing the impact of oil price cycles

22 Sep 2016

Web Alert: Egypt - Follow up developments on the import of wheat affected by Ergot Fungus

According to information released on a number of Egyptian newspapers and on the Egyptian media, on 21 September 2016 the Egyptian Cabinet reinstated the Egyptian Standard Specifications (2010) on all wheat shipments.

22 Sep 2016

Web Alert: Safety concerns during lifeboat drills

The club is aware of a significant number of lifeboat related incidents leading to death and personal injuries over the past few years. Following a recent incident during routine drills (September 2016) which resulted in one fatality on board a cruise ship, renewed attention has been given by the shipping industry to safety consideration issues during lifeboat drills.

21 Sep 2016

Standard Safety, September 2016

In this edition we cover: Improving hazard awareness, Near-miss reporting and why it matters, Breaking the error chain part 3, NPK fertiliser and self-sustaining decomposition, MARPOL Annex IV – Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution by Sewage from Ships, Disposal of solid bulk cargo residues and cargo hold wash water under MARPOL Annex V, Seafarers: choose a long and successful career, not the risk of diabetes.