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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 2017

Date Title

13 Jul 2017

Standard Safety, July 2017

This edition looks at a number of different ways in which human error can cause issues on board ships and gives advice for minimising this risk.

12 Jul 2017

Web Alert: The Standard Club supports new cybercrime awareness video for mariners

The video, released today, focuses on tips to avoid being an easy target for cyber criminals.

12 Jul 2017

12 July 2017, Standard Club Circular - BIMCO RESPONSECON

Please read the attached circular

11 Jul 2017

Web Alert : U.S. Supreme court permits implementation of Executive Order on immigration

As previously reported by the Club on 6 March 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order (E.O.) 13780 which suspended entry into the US for 90 days all citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen except those already holding a valid visa.

6 Jul 2017

Web Alert: Second edition of Cyber Security Guidelines for Ships

We outline the changes that have been made since the first edition was released in 2016.

5 Jul 2017

Web Alert: Maximum Draft for transiting Martin Garcia Channel

Members are recommended to ensure that vessels which are due to transit this channel observe the new draft limitations.

3 Jul 2017

Web Alert: SAMSA Marine Notice (13 of 2017) - vessels requiring a place of refuge for repairs

Members intending to send their ships to South Africa for inspection or repairs are recommended to comply with the reporting requirements as stated in the notice.

3 Jul 2017

Web Alert: Cuba sanctions - new US policy announced

On 16 June 2017, President Trump stated that he was immediately cancelling the Obama administration's 'one-sided deal with Cuba'.

29 Jun 2017

Web Alert: Inspection of ships of 18 years or older in Brazil

The club has been informed by its local correspondent in Brazil that following recent casualties involving bulk carriers, a series of new inspection requirements have been imposed in Brazilian ports for certain ships that are 18 years or older.

22 Jun 2017

Web Alert: Special inspection on bulk carriers in China from 15 June to 31 December 2017

The China MSA has announced a special inspection campaign for bulk carriers from 15 June to 31 December 2017.

22 Jun 2017

Web Alert: USCG guidance on safety considerations for simultaneous operations during LNG bunkering

The United States Coastguard has issued a notice on the safety considerations for simultaneous operations during LNG fuel transfer operations.

13 Jun 2017

Web Alert: Revised Supplytime 2017 approved for adoption by BIMCO

On 6 June 2017 BIMCO’s Documentary Committee adopted the revised Supplytime 2017. The revision was carried out by representatives from Owners, Charterers, brokers, insurers and legal interests and has taken over two years to complete.

13 Jun 2017

Web Alert: Warning - Phishing attempts

The Club has recently been advised of an e-mail phishing attempt, aimed at shipowners and charterers.

12 Jun 2017

Web Alert: Qatar diplomatic crisis - legal implications

Some additional guidance for members dealing with the restrictions that have been put in place, and their impact upon contracts of carriage.

12 Jun 2017

Web Alert: USCG safety alert on oil spray fires in the engine room

Safety alert 06-17 warns of the dangers posed to commercial vessels by fires caused by fuel sprays being ignited by adjacent machinery.

8 Jun 2017

Web Alert: Qatar diplomatic crisis - a shipping context

Members may be affected by the recent decision by a number of countries to sever diplomatic ties with Qatar.

7 Jun 2017

Web Alert: International Group of P&I Clubs Annual review 2016/17

The International Group of P&I Clubs has published its Annual Review which covers the activities of the group and key industry issues.

6 Jun 2017

Web Alert: Special Safety Inspections in Xiamen, China

The China MSA has recently issued a notice (No. 502 of 2017) on special inspections to be undertaken by PSC authorities on ships calling Xiamen.

6 Jun 2017

Web Alert: South Africa - Storms to hit the Western Cape

The club is aware that a large storm is approaching the south west of South Africa affecting Cape Town and other ports along the southern coast.

31 May 2017

Press Article: Wreck Removal Liability Unravelled

Sam Kendall-Marsden, head of our UK & Americas division, discusses the club's cover for wreck removal in Tug & OSV.