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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

26 Nov 2019

Important change to the distribution of Rule Books for 2020/21

The Rule Books for 2020/21 will be published on the club website in February 2020. These will correspond to the eight covers offered by The Standard Club

26 Nov 2019

News: Focusing on Seafarer Wellbeing - Healthy diet and lifestyle

The first topic we focus on as part of our exciting new poster campaign is the healthy diet and lifestyle element of physical wellbeing. Your health is in your hands, is is a personal choice to live a healthy lifestyle and take responsbility for your diet.

20 Nov 2019

Publication: A guide to key offshore jurisdictions

A new guide in which we consider how the law in a particular jurisdiction may impact the enforceability of key contractual provisions, updated for 2019.

20 Nov 2019

News: Seafarer Wellbeing Poster Campaign

Seafarer wellbeing has been a focal topic for Standard Club's Loss Prevention team, particularly in recent years. The club’s latest attempt to reach out to seafarers directly has seen the launch of an exciting new campaign based around a series of posters.

11 Nov 2019

News: China MSA Notice on the implementation of 2020 Global Sulphur Limit

In order to effectively implement the IMO's 2020 global sulphur limit, China Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) has issued a notice

5 Nov 2019

News: Piracy attacks off West Africa

The club is aware of several recent piracy incidents in the Gulf of Guinea with incidents being reported off the coasts of Benin and Togo in the past few days.

1 Nov 2019

1 November 2019, Standard Club circular – Notice of meeting

Please read attached circular.

29 Oct 2019

News: US lifts sanctions against Turkey

On 14 October 2019 the US administration imposed sanctions against Turkey under Executive Order 13894, designating the Government of Turkey's Ministry of Energy & Natural Resources and the Ministry of National Defence together with three individual Ministers, to the US Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) sanctions list.

25 Oct 2019

News: EMSA guidance on the enforcement of EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR)

The application date of the EU’s Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR) was 31 December 2018. From this date, new EU ships must carry a certificate for Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM), while existing EU ships shall carry this certificate from 31 December 2020.

24 Oct 2019

News: Surge in fraudulent registries

In light of a spike in fraudulent vessel registrations, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is seeking to combat rogue national flag registries operating without the knowledge of governments they claim to represent.

22 Oct 2019

Press Article: Preparing for a mega boxship casualty

Sam Kendall-Marsden, Director of Claims, discusses how the vast scale of today's ultra-large container vessels will give rise to some unprecedented challenges in the event of a major casualty.

22 Oct 2019

News: Ban on single-use plastics in Indian waters

Members with ships trading to and from India are advised to take note of the requirements on 'Prohibition on use of Single Use Plastics' issued by the Directorate General of Shipping, India on 16 October 2019.

21 Oct 2019

News: US sanctions against Turkey

On 14 October 2019 the United States issued Executive Order (EO) 13894 imposing sanctions against the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and the Turkish Ministry of National Defence.

21 Oct 2019

News: Port disruption in Chile

We have been informed by our correspondent that the Chilean National Port Workers Union have announced a national strike for today and 22nd October 2019. Operations at the ports will be severely affected.

17 Oct 2019

News: Port strike at Barcelona

We have been informed by our correspondent that there will be no port activity at Barcelona on 18th October.

17 Oct 2019

News: Port strike at Barcelona

We have been informed by our correspondent that there will be no port activity at Barcelona on 18th October.

14 Oct 2019

Article: Use of IMO 2020 Compliant Fuels

For members who have chosen to achieve compliance with IMO 2020 by using low sulphur fuel oil, this article serves to understand the specific aspects and variabilities of the 0.50% fuels.