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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

15 Jun 2016

Web Alert: SAMSA Marine Notice 27/2016 - Lessons learnt from recent Casualties

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) recently released a marine notice (27/2016) which dealt with lessons learnt from three recent marine casualties. In every case, basic deficiencies in watch keeping arrangements or seamanship were cited as contributory factors.

13 Jun 2016

Web Alert: Brazilian Senate approves a new bill to amend the pre-salt E&P regulation

On 24 February 2016 the Brazilian Senate approved Bill of Law no. 131/2015 to amend the production sharing regime in the pre-salt oil fields.

13 Jun 2016

Web Alert: VGM enforcement - consolidated list of requirements (by country)

SOLAS amendment to Reg. VI/2 (resolution MSC.380 (94)) requiring mandatory weight verification of the packed containers comes into force on 1 July 2016. The amendment was adopted in 2014 after IMO approved guidelines for the implementation of the verified gross mass (VGM) rule.

8 Jun 2016

Web Alert: ISWAN updates its guidance on dealing with the aftermath of Piracy attacks

The maritime charity International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network, (ISWAN) has recently released an updated version of their publication entitled 'Humanitarian support of seafarers and their families in cases of armed robbery and piracy attack'.

6 Jun 2016

Press Article: A ship's master - manager, leader or seaman?

Eric Murdoc's article 'A ship's master - manager, leader or seaman?' is featured in Maritime Risk International

6 Jun 2016

Web Alert: INTERCARGO Bulk Carrier Casualty Report 2005-2015

INTERCARGO, the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners, recently submitted their Bulk Carrier Casualty Report on the years 2005-2015 to the 3rd session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Sub-committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III 3).

6 Jun 2016

Web Alert: Panama Canal draft updates - 1 June 2016

Further to the club’s previous updates on Panama Canal draft restrictions, the ACP (Panama Canal Authority) has issued an Advisory to Shipping (No.A-29-2016) announcing the suspension of the second draft restriction due to the rainfall during the past week.

6 Jun 2016

Web Alert: Draft Reduction for transiting Martin Garcia Channel

The club’s correspondent in Uruguay (CHADWICK WEIR NAVEGACION S.A.) has notified us that the current draft for vessels transiting the Martín García channel has been reduced with immediate effect.

3 Jun 2016

Web Alert: Philippines - Supreme Court upholds 3 Day Reporting Rule

A seafarer employed under the POEA Standard Employment Contract has had a claim for disability benefits rejected by the Supreme Court in the Philippines because he failed to be examined by a company-designated physician within three days of repatriation, as required under his employment contract.

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.

31 May 2016

Web Alert: Brazil - Crew overstay and immigration fines

The club has been advised that there are still a number of cases in Brazil where ships and/or crew have been fined due to crew overstaying in the country. Fines are more frequent at the port of Rio de Janeiro where immigration controls are more stringent.

27 May 2016

Web Alert: Responsive site

The Standard Club site is responsive to all devices, so you can browse on your mobile or tablet.

27 May 2016

Standard Safety: Tankers, May 2016

Despite higher safety standards on board tankers, the number of tanker cargo-related claims The Standard Club deals with is rising, particularly on chemical and product tankers. With this analysis in mind, we have put together a wide variety of articles in this special edition, ranging from cargo-specific topics to the controversial issue of blending, plus various legal articles.

27 May 2016

Web Alert: The 24th Oil Gas Survey published by Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce

Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce has published the 24th Oil and Gas Survey (May 2016). The survey focuses on several areas such as business optimism and constraints as well as various expected and investments trends in the UK Continental Shelf.

26 May 2016

Web Alert: Three further lessons from near-miss reports

The ‘Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme’ (CHIRP) works to collect information regarding incidents or near-misses and distribute this knowledge to assist others to learn from these experiences. Their latest initiative, sponsored by The Standard Club, is the production of new ‘video maritime feedback bulletins’ which are released on a quarterly basis.

26 May 2016

Web Alert: Update on Verified Gross Mass of Packed Containers (VGM)

IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee, during its 96th session, noted the concerns of its member states regarding practical aspects of compliance with the upcoming SOLAS amendments relating to the verification of the gross mass (VGM) of packed containers.

26 May 2016

Web Alert: Problems with ship sanitation certificates (SSCC/SSCEC) in Brazil

The club has been advised by the local correspondents in Brazil (Representacoes Proinde Ltda.) that there has been an increase on vessels facing problems with Brazilian port health authorities in respect of ship sanitation certificates (SSCC/SSCEC).

26 May 2016

Web Alert: Argentina garbage discharge issues

The club has been advised by the local correspondents in Argentina (Pandi Liquidadores S.R.L.) that there has been an increase in the activity of the Argentinean Authorities ordering vessels to land garbage ashore at a significant cost.

26 May 2016

Web Alert: Panama Canal - Suspension of Third Draft Restriction

Further to the club’s last update on the Panama Canal draft reduction, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has issued a new Advisory to Shipping (No.A-28-2016) announcing suspension of the third draft restriction (scheduled for 6 June 2016).