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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 2017

Date Title

24 Mar 2017

Web Alert: Update on US immigration orders

President Trump issued an Executive Order (E.O) 13769 which banned any immigrant or non-immigrant entry into the US of citizens from Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran and Libya for the next 90 days.A new E.O 13780 entitled 'Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States' has come into effect on 6 March which introduces new restrictions on travel to the U.S. from the above listed countries with the sole exception of Iraq.

24 Mar 2017

Web Alert: Peru - heavy rains and flooding

​The club understands that Peru has recently been severely affected by heavy rains causing flooding in some parts of the country.

23 Mar 2017

Web Alert: Report a near-miss, save a life

The Standard Club has been working on a number of initiatives to promote the importance of near-miss reporting. The latest of these has been the creation of an educational video and workbook with Videotel, the maritime e-learning experts.

23 Mar 2017

Web Alert: Soya bean cargo exports from Uruguay to China

The club’s local correspondent in Uruguay (Chadwick Weir Navegacion S.A.) has issued a circular highlighting the phytosanitary requirements for the export of soya beans from Uruguay to China.

22 Mar 2017

Web Alert: Expansion of The Standard Club PEME Scheme

The Standard Club is happy to report that its Pre-Employment Medical Examination (PEME) scheme has now entered its second year. The scheme has been expanded with the addition of four more clinics based in the Philippines.

22 Mar 2017

Press Article: Salvage contracts - Lloyd’s Open Form

The Standard Club's Sam Kendall-Marsden features in the latest edition of Salvage World.

21 Mar 2017

Web Alert: UK Court clarifies meaning of ‘disembarkation’ under Athens Convention

This web alert is about the judgement The Canterbury County Court Recently gave in the case of Collins v Lawrence, that provided some clarification to the meaning of disembarkation under the Athens Convention 1974.

16 Mar 2017

Standard Bulletin, March 2017

As we mark the conclusion of the renewal for the 2017/18 policy year, this bulletin reflects upon the scope of and some key concepts underpinning club cover.

14 Mar 2017

Press Article: The Standard Club’s perspective towards BWMC implementation

In an exclusive interview with GREEN4SEA, Capt. Akshat Arora, Marine Surveyor, discusses what the implementation of the BWM Convention this September means for the shipping industry from a P&I perspective.

10 Mar 2017

Web Alert: China eases quarantine measures against Zika virus

Members are advised that there has been a reported change in respect of the port entry requirements for vessels entering China from Zika affected countries.

10 Mar 2017

Web-alert: Update on the U.S. Ballast Water Management (BWM) Extension Program

The USCG has issued a recent Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB 003/2017) highlighting that their policy granting extensions has now become considerably stricter.

3 Mar 2017

Web Alert: Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) Risk Period 2017

Members with ships calling Far East ports are reminded that the risk period for Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) will be commencing soon

2 Mar 2017

Web alert: EU implements new UN sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (“DPRK”)

On 30 November 2016, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2321 (2016), providing for new measures against the DPRK in response to its nuclear test on 9 September 2016.

1 Mar 2017

Web Alert: A new Decommissioning Fund for Scotland

The Scottish Government has announced a new GBP 5 million fund aimed at supporting Scottish companies take advantage of opportunities in the decommissioning sector.

1 Mar 2017

Web Alert: Ship Arrest in Canada

A ship arrest can be done within a few hours at relatively low cost, depending on its location, making Canada one of the most favourable jurisdictions for ship arrests.

1 Mar 2017

Post-board Bulletin, March 2017

The club board, and the boards of its principal subsidiaries, met in Amsterdam on 31 January 2017. The club’s class general meetings were held on the same day. On the previous day, meetings of the board’s three committees – Audit and Risk, Strategy, and Nomination and Governance – took place. We report on the subjects discussed at these meetings and other topics in this special edition.

28 Feb 2017

Web Alert: Lessons learned from near-miss reports

This first bulletin of 2017 looks at three hazards which put seafarers in danger, and features Eric Murdoch, Chief Surveyor, offering his advice on how to mitigate incidents.

23 Feb 2017

Web Alert: Ice campaign cancelled at Odessa port, Ukraine

We have been informed by our correspondent the ice campaign at Odessa port was cancelled on 22 February 2017.

21 Feb 2017

Web Alert: USCG ballast water violation & penalties

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has published a news release confirming that after an investigation of ballast water discharge violations, they have initiated civil penalty proceedings against a vessel’s operator.