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News items in 2016

Date Title

15 Mar 2016

Web Alert: US east coast hesitant on Panama expansion benefits

According to a report by Boston Consulting Group as much as 10% of container traffic between East Asia and the US could shift from west coast ports in the US to east coast ports by 2020 following the Panama Canal expansion

14 Mar 2016

Web Alert: EU publishes new guidelines on places of refuge

EU Member States have recently agreed EU-wide Operational Guidelines on places of refuge for ships in need of assistance

11 Mar 2016

Web Alert: Iran sanctions - update on the International Group's efforts to arrange a 'fall-back' reinsurance

The continuing application of US primary sanctions to US domiciled reinsurers participating in the International Group's reinsurance arrangements means that members remain exposed under the club’s sanctionsclub sanctions’ rules to the risk of a partial reinsurance shortfall in respect of non-certified liabilities towards, or incurred by, Iranian interests.

9 Mar 2016

Web Alert: The two limbs of the Glory Wealth

In the Glory Wealth the English court considered the proper assessment of damages for breach of contract

8 Mar 2016

Web Alert: STX Mumbai – is insolvency alone capable of amounting to an anticipatory breach of contract? Maybe, well at least in Singapore

In this recent Singapore Court of Appeal case the claimant supplied bunkers to the defendant’s ship

8 Mar 2016

Web Alert: The effect of a Paramount Clause under English law, where the Hague-Visby Rules are compulsorily applicable – Part 2

​The English Court of Appeal has recently handed down their decision in The Superior Pescadores which focuses on the effect of a clause paramount in a bill of lading, in circumstances where the Hague-Visby Rules are already compulsorily applicable as a matter of English law

7 Mar 2016

Web Alert: UK government seeks to increase sanctions enforcement powers

The UK government has proposed legislation (under the Policing and Crime Bill) which, if passed, will create new powers for the Treasury to impose civil fines for sanctions breaches

4 Mar 2016

Web alert: Paper Charts required by Suez Canal Authority

After the opening of the new Suez Canal in August 2015, the Suez Canal Authority advised that ships transiting the Canal must have Admiralty Charts Nos. SCO1 & SCO2 on board

3 Mar 2016

Web Alert: Pirates kidnap two crewmembers from AHTS Bourbon Liberty offshore Nigeria

On 23 February 2016 pirates attacked the AHTS Bourbon Liberty 251 in the Gulf of Guinea and kidnapped two crewmembers

3 Mar 2016

Web Alert: Nordlake v Seaeagle - demystifies the apportionment of liability in multi-ship collisions

In October 2015 the English High Court was called to revisit the law on apportionment of liability in multi-ship collisions. Nordlake v Seaeagle involved a collision between five ships. Three of the ships were owned by the Indian Navy and were not involved in the High Court proceedings, whilst the other two container ships brought claims against each other

2 Mar 2016

Web Alert: Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks – Update on France

The club has received information through the International Group (IG) that the Nairobi Convention will enter into force for France on 4 May 2016

29 Feb 2016

Web Alert: Caution for vessels transiting to West Africa

Members should be aware that there have recently been reports of a security breach in the Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre, Gulf of Guinea (MTISC-GoG), resulting in information being leaked to individuals with intent and capability to launch hijackings in the area

26 Feb 2016

Web Alert: Issues at Saudi Arabian and Bahraini ports for vessels trading with Iran

The club has been informed by local correspondents of potential problems of vessels calling at Bahraini and Saudi ports, if they have previously called at Iran

25 Feb 2016

Web Alert: Panama Canal anticipates El Niño draft restrictions

The Panama Canal Authority has warned of possible draft restrictions from April 2016 following the unusually dry season brought about by the El Niño weather phenomenon

23 Feb 2016

23 February 2016, Standard Club circular - Iran trading, P&I cover

Please read the attached circular

22 Feb 2016

Web Alert: Positive forecast for decommissioning in Norway

Oil & Gas UK has published a new report highlighting the potential for substantial growth in Norway’s decommissioning market.

22 Feb 2016

Web Alert: Knock-for-knock recent development in Norway

In our November 2014 Offshore Special Edition Bulletin we reported on the Norwegian Court of Appeal case Njord B decision ​where they refused to uphold the indemnity provision in the knock-for-knock where the party seeking to rely on such provision had been 'grossly negligent'.

22 Feb 2016

Web Alert: Verification of emission control measures by China MSA

Further to the Club’s update on Yangtze River Delta ECA , the China Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) has issued a Notice on Enhancing Supervision and Administration of ECA to specify the requirement for ships calling ports within ECAs, and to provide guidance to local MSA offices on supervision and administration of ECAs

22 Feb 2016

Standard Safety, February 2016

In this edition we cover: MARPOL Annex II – preserving the marine ecosystem is imperative, MARPOL Annex III and Amendment 37-14 to the IMDG code, Carriage of radioactive cargoes, Breaking the error chain, part 2, Navigation and complacency and Lifeboat release and retrieval systems: handle with care

18 Feb 2016

Web Alert: York Antwerp Rules 2016 - where are we now?

Further to the club’s previous web-alert on general average (GA) and the York Antwerp Rules (YAR), the club understands that there is yet to be a final agreement on the form of the next version of the YAR, namely the YAR 2016.