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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 2018

Date Title

5 Apr 2018

A master’s guide to fire safety on ferries.

This guide sets out to promote best practice in fire safety, to raise awareness of fire risks in general and fire risks on ferries in particular.

5 Apr 2018

Web Alert: USCG guidance on ballast water management

The United States Coastguard has recently issued updated and comprehensive guidance to assist with understanding and ensuring compliance

3 Apr 2018

Web Alert: Bahrain discovers its biggest oil field since 1932

The Government of Bahrain has announced a finding of new 'tight oil and deep gas resource' in the Khaleej Al Bahrain Basin.

27 Mar 2018

Web Alert: Grounding of Richards Bay (S.A.) pilot transfer helicopters

Members are advised regarding changes to the use of helicopters for Marine Pilot transfers at Richards Bay S.A.

23 Mar 2018

Web Alert: IMO fuel oil consumption data collection system (IMO-DCS)

The Club's previous web alert on MEPC-70 outcome mentioned about IMO’s introduction of the Data Collection System (IMO-DCS), which runs in parallel to the European Union Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (EU-MRV) regulation, but on a different timeline.

21 Mar 2018

Web Alert: US Coast Guard issues new circular on potential danger of defective immersion suits for seafarers

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has issued a new circular which highlights the potential problem of vessel operators using defectve, non-watertight immersion suits, and the potential danger this creates for seafarers.

19 Mar 2018

Web Alert: Hong Kong office move

Our office has moved to a new location in Wanchai

19 Mar 2018

Web Alert - Implementation of 0.5% sulphur limit for all foreign vessels entering Taiwanese ports from 1 Jan 2019

Members are advised regarding the latest announcement from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) of Taiwan which requires all foreign vessels entering Taiwanese ports to use 0.5% sulphur fuel or other compliant fuel from 1 January 2019.

13 Mar 2018

Standard Bulletin, March 2018

If you require further information on any of the articles in this bulletin please get in touch with the author or your usual club contact.

12 Mar 2018

Web Alert: Listeriosis outbreak Rep. S.A.

A Listeriosis outbreak has been reported in the Rep. South Africa. The outbreak is a unique strain of Listeriosis, with a large number of cases reported since the start of 2017.

12 Mar 2018

Press Article: Why P&I clubs are returning premiums to their members

Nick Jelley, Chief Financial Officer, explains how clubs calculate the correct level of free reserves, in an article in Insurance Day.

12 Mar 2018

Web Alert: US amends and reissues sanctions against North Korea 

On 3 March 2018, the US Treasury Department of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that they have amended and reissued the North Korean sanctions regulations in order to implement Executive order.

9 Mar 2018

Web Alert: Indian Ocean MoU preliminary results of PSC CIC on the Safety of Navigation

Indian Ocean MoU has issued attached press release on the preliminary results of PSC CIC on the Safety of Navigation.

9 Mar 2018

Web Alert: Standard & Poor's reaffirms BBB rating and stable outlook

S&P Global Ratings, the independent credit ratings provider, has affirmed its ‘BBB’ financial strength and credit ratings on The Shipowners’ Mutual Strike Insurance Association Europe.

8 Mar 2018

Web Alert: Case studies to improve safety at sea

The Standard Club has been working with the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme for two years to promote safety at sea and accident prevention.

8 Mar 2018

Web Alert: Mandatory biofouling standards introduced in New Zealand from 15 May 2018

The New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has introduced new mandatory biofouling standards that take effect from 15 May 2018.

6 Mar 2018

Standard Safety, better box booking, March 2018

This edition of Standard Safety approaches the well publicised issue of misdeclared container cargo incidents from a new perspective.

2 Mar 2018

Press article: Building resilient safety culture onboard

Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, promotes a focus on resilience amongst crew rather than competency only.

1 Mar 2018

Web Alert: Reported spot bunker shortage at Durban, S.A.

We would like to make members aware about reports of a spot bunker shortage affecting supplies of 180 cSt fuel at Durban S.A.