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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 2018

Date Title

1 Mar 2018

Web Alert: Joint PSC CIC on the Safety of Navigation

​We would like to make members aware of the results of a ‘Concentrated Inspection Campaign’ (CIC) which was mounted jointly by the Paris and Tokyo MOU’s.

28 Feb 2018

Press article: Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, featured in Singapore Nautilus

Yves shares his thoughts on current standards, measures and trends in maritime safety.

27 Feb 2018

Web Alert: OFAC announces new North Korean sanctions

US OFAC advised that the North Korean shipping industry is a primary means by which North Korea evades sanctions in order to fund its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programme.

20 Feb 2018

Web Alert: Carriage of scrap metal and cocoa butter in containers

Both guidelines aim at reducing the number of claims and increasing safety in the container supply trade by ensuring that these cargoes are properly packaged and carried.

15 Feb 2018

Web Alert: Petrobras' new bidding procedures

This new Regulation was enacted as a result of the ‘Lava Jato’ corruption scandal, in order to target allegations of lack of transparency during the contract bidding process.

13 Feb 2018

Web Alert: MSC, ONE, Hapag-Lloyd and HMM enter into a new vessel sharing agreement

The new service offerings will start from 1 April 2018.​ 

12 Feb 2018

Web Alert: MARPOL Annex V revisions to enter into force 1 March 2018

Members are referred to the club’s web alert dated 3 November 2016 on the outcome of the 70th session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70) concerning amendments to MARPOL Annex V.

2 Feb 2018

Web Alert: Myanmar accedes to the Bunkers Convention

The Bunkers Convention has been in force internationally since November 2008 and was adopted under the auspices of the International Maritime Organisation to ensure adequate, prompt and effective compensation for those who suffer damage caused by spills of oil carried as fuel in ships’ bunkers.

31 Jan 2018

Web alert - China signs The Hague Choice of Court Convention - A step towards international judicial cooperation

On 12 September 2017, the Chinese Ambassador to The Netherlands signed The Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements (the “Convention”) on behalf of the government of the People’s Republic of China.

31 Jan 2018

Web alert - CHIRP releases publication: 'Perception, Decision Making and Fatigue at Sea'

CHIRP (Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Program) has cooperated with the ‘Arts & Sciences and Neuroscience Departments’ at University College London to develop guidance for seafarers and maritime operators regarding the correlation between vision and perception

31 Jan 2018

Web alert - Enhanced Inspection by Chinese Quarantine Authorities for vessels from Nigeria, Peru and Brazil to prevent yellow fever

Based on reports by WHO, yellow fever outbreaks have been notified by authorities in Nigeria, Peru and Brazil.

31 Jan 2018

Web Alert - US Offshore Drilling - Continuation

The Trump Administration had given permission to allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all US coastal waters, which consequently included Florida’s coastal waters.

25 Jan 2018

Web Alert: Interim guidance on maritime security in the Southern Red Sea and Bab al-Mandeb

The International Chamber of Shipping, BIMCO and INTERTANKO have published an interim guidance note on maritime security in the Southern Red Sea and Bab al-Mandeb.

23 Jan 2018

Web Alert: U.S. Expansion of Department of Transportation (DOT) Drug Screening to include Semi-Synthetic Opiates

The DOT promulgated its final rule (82 FR 52229) to add hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone to the "Opioids" section of the drug-testing panel. Beginning January 1, 2018, in addition to the existing DOT drug testing panel, mariners in safety-sensitive positions will also be tested for the four additional semi-synthetic opioids.

23 Jan 2018

Web Alert: Web Alert: Honduras – Oil Spill Response – new requirements – update

Owners/Members are informed that the new oil spill response requirements in Honduras (as set out in the club's Circular dated 22 December 2017) are not now expected to come into force until the end of March 2018, rather than on 15 January 2018 as previously notified.