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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 2019

Date Title

13 Feb 2019

Web Alert: 'FONAR' systems in view of the 2020 sulphur regulations

The IMO has attempted to reduce airborne emissions from ships through Annex VI of the MARPOL Convention, which first came into force in 2005. This includes a global limit for the sulphur content of ship’s fuel oil, as well as more stringent controls within designated ‘Emission Control Areas’ (ECAs).

13 Feb 2019

Article: Anthropogenic sound - the pollution you may not have heard of

The shipping industry is the primary cause of anthropogenic sound but at present international laws and guidelines do little to negate this. This begs the question whether anything more stringent will be introduced and, if so, what effect this may have on cover and costs to members/other parties in the industry.

8 Feb 2019

Web Alert: INTERTANKO’s guide to New Zealand’s biofouling and ballast water requirements

INTERTANKO offers guidance to members on New Zealand’s biofouling and ballast water requirements for commercial vessels.

7 Feb 2019

Web Alert: Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) of 2018

VIDA establishes a new framework for the regulation of vessel incidental discharges.

6 Feb 2019

Web Alert: Venezuela - US sanctions imposed on PDVSA

On 28 January 2019, the Venezuelan state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) was designated by US OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) to the US Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List) under Executive Order 13850.

1 Feb 2019

Web Alert: Bad weather closes Algerian ports

Most of Algeria's ports have been closed to traffic as a result of bad weather. Ports closed include Arzew, Oran, Mostaganem, Skikda and Tenes.

29 Jan 2019

Article: Don’t be misled by the apparent accuracy of electronic navigation aids

While navigators might assume that the accuracy of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) is certain, this is not always the case, and many navigators are placing too much faith in the information that their ECDIS displays. For safe navigation, a mariner must also consider the accuracy and reliability of the source hydrographic data.

28 Jan 2019

Web Alert: IMO 2020 sulphur cap update - Port of Fujairah to ban use of open-loop scrubbers

The Port of Fujairah, the largest bunkering port in the Middle East will ban the use of open-loop scrubbers and will require all ships to use compliant fuel oil when the IMO 2020 sulphur cap comes into force.

25 Jan 2019

Web Alert: The International Maritime Bureau issue 2018 piracy report

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) have issued their annual 2018 piracy and armed robbery report, which has shown an increase in reported incidents compared to last year.

25 Jan 2019

Web Alert: Iran Sanctions notification

The Strike Club has been following developments and taking advice on its implications.

24 Jan 2019

Web Alert: Mandatory Mediation Requirement Introduced in Turkey

The Turkish Commercial Code has been amended to require that commercial monetary claims must be taken to a mediator before being lodged with the competent court.

24 Jan 2019

Web Alert: Hong Kong Marine Department launches mobile application, 'eSEAGo'.

The hydrographic office of the Hong Kong Marine Department recently launched a new, free, easy to use mobile application, 'eSEAGo', displaying Raster Chart information of Hong Kong waters.

23 Jan 2019

Press Article: The role of the marine surveyor - a P&I club's perspective

Jason Wee, Claims Director, discusses the wide, varied and indispensable role of the marine surveyor in this article published in The Report.

22 Jan 2019

Article: Unrecoverable General Average contributions from cargo interests

This article discusses The Cape Bonny to examine the impact of the failure to exercise due diligence to make a vessel seaworthy on liability for General Average.

22 Jan 2019

Web Alert: MPA Singapore advisory on email masquerading as 'ISPS (MPA)'

The email was assessed to have malicious content which contains a URL that potentially downloads a malware.

22 Jan 2019

Web Alert: Collectively stronger

The Standard Club is proud to be one of the thirteen P&I clubs which comprise the International Group, which between them provide P&I cover for approximately 90% of the world's ocean-going tonnage.

21 Jan 2019

Press Article: Twenty years of the ISM code, so what next?

Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, reflects on the impact of the ISM code and how to improve its effectiveness in an article for The Report published in December