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News and Commentary


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

24 May 2016

Web Alert: Philippines - Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for the Seafarers Protection Act

On 28 November 2015, the Seafarers Protection Act was signed into law by the President of the Philippines. Most recently on 19 April 2016, the Department of Labor and Employment issued the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of R.A. No. 10706.

20 May 2016

Pilotage Bulletin, May 2016

This bulletin reviews the main features of pilotage in key maritime jurisdictions.

19 May 2016

Web Alert: Deck cargo

Our new information sheet looks at guidelines for carrying cargo on deck, the relevant conventions and how P&I cover is affected.

18 May 2016

Press Article: Casualties of War

The Singapore War Risks Mutual featured in Lloyd’s List Intelligence April edition

18 May 2016

18 May 2016, Standard Club Circular - Syria Sanctions

Please read the attached circular

17 May 2016

Web Alert: Outcome of MEPC 69th session (18-22 April 2016)

The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), 69th session, was held from April 18-22 and progress was made on issues.

12 May 2016

Web Alert - The UK Supreme Court delivers a disappointing judgment for owners in OW Bunker test case

On 11 May 2016 the UK Supreme Court delivered its judgment in PST Energy 7 Shipping LLC v OW Bunker Malta Limited, considered the primary test case in the OW Bunker insolvency under English law as to whether an owner is obliged to pay OWB for bunkers supplied even if they themselves didn’t pay for, and therefore acquire title to, the same fuel.

12 May 2016

Web-alert: Panama Canal - Further Postponement 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-25-2016) announcing further postponement of the third draft restriction (from 9th May to 6th June 2016).

11 May 2016

Web Alert: MCA Saftey Alert - Imported liferaft medicines and medical devices

Members are advised that the UK Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) in conjunction with the (UK based) Medicines and Healthcare product Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have issued warnings concerning the status of medical devices/medicines contained in imported liferafts.

11 May 2016

Web Alert: MoUs signed between Iran and South Korea

With the lifting of the UN and EU sanctions and secondary sanctions against Iran under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) which came into effect on 16 January 2016, Iran has become an attractive place to trade – particularly as its oil can now be sold worldwide.

10 May 2016

Web Alert: The Carriage of Wood Pulp

Wood pulp is a wood fibre which has been reduced chemically or mechanically to pulp and is used in the manufacture of paper. The product has a high moisture content and can be susceptible to damage if not carried correctly.

6 May 2016

Web Alert: Implementation of the SOLAS Chapter VI amendments - Verified Gross Mass

The amendment will come into force on 1 July 2016. In essence, it ensures the mandatory weighing of all containers before they are loaded on board.

6 May 2016

Web-alert: Panama Canal - Postponement 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-23-2016) announcing the postponement of the third draft restriction, originally scheduled for 9th May 2016, but now postponed until 25th May 2016.

3 May 2016

Web Alert: The importance of near-miss reporting

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

27 Apr 2016

Web Alert: IMB publishes first quarter report on piracy and armed robbery for 2016

The IMB has reported a decline in reported incidents for the first quarter of 2016, with 37 events between January and 31 March 2016, down from 54 for the same period in 2015.

26 Apr 2016

Web Alert: Revised pollution fines in Turkey

As of 1 January 2016 the new Turkish pollution fine rates will be applicable until 31 December 2016

26 Apr 2016

Web Alert: Safety of equipment - an update on lifeboats and onboard lifting appliances and winches

In March 2016, the IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Equipment met at the IMO Headquarters in London. The Sub-Committee considered several agenda items including relating to safety of equipment, specifically maintenance and repair obligations, in particular, the use and safety of lifeboats and onboard lifting appliances and winches