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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

11 Jul 2019

Article: The pollution risk from mega box ships

A mega box ship has an environmental risk commensurate with its size. Following an incident, the pollution response would need to match.

11 Jul 2019

Article: Mega box ship casualty – the shipboard response

The master and crew of a mega box ship must be suitably prepared for the potential risks faced at sea.

11 Jul 2019

Article: Legal implications of a mega box ship casualty: Limitation and cargo claims

Limitation of liability is always a crucial consideration for a shipowner following any major casualty. Where a casualty involves a large container ship, limitation often becomes particularly relevant.

11 Jul 2019

Article: Transboundary movement of waste

Shipping of waste or hazardous materials internationally is a regular but also regulatory affair. But how is this affected when the ship itself is the waste?

11 Jul 2019

Article: Losing control of the beach was just the icing on the cake

For the diverse global media, a large mega box ship casualty with its plethora of goods being carried will be a gift that keeps on giving. A coordinated media response is a necessity.

11 Jul 2019

Mega box ship bulletin, July 2019

As the size of container ships has steadily increased, so has the level of difficulty in handling casualties involving them. This special edition of the standard bulletin looks at the different legal, technical and practical considerations.

9 Jul 2019

Strike Alert: Strike action suspended - Nigeria

The Nigerian port strike was suspended on Friday 5 July 2019.

9 Jul 2019

Web Alert: Australian National Longshoremens Strike Underway

The Maritime Union of Australia is organizing strikes at DP World facilities at Brisbane, Sydney and Freemantle container terminals for varying periods.

5 Jul 2019

Press Article: Strike Club reaffirms cover after Gulf attacks

Mutual's board pledges to keep delay insurance in place despite heightened risk.

5 Jul 2019

Web Alert: Risk for Turkish flagged ships calling at Libya

We have recently been made aware of a new potential threat for Turkish flagged ships calling at Libyan ports.

5 Jul 2019

Web Alert: Strike action - Nigeria

A nationwide dock worker strike in Nigeria commenced on 3 July.

4 Jul 2019

Web Alert: Ship Recycling Regulations

The HKC, upon its entry into force, will have a requirement on ships to be sent for recycling to carry an inventory of hazardous materials (IHM), which will be specific to each ship. Resolution MEPC.269(68) provides guidelines for the development of the inventory of hazardous materials.

3 Jul 2019

Web Alert: Libyan Ports

Due to recent developments and representations made by various Libyan authorities, members are reminded that the situation in Libya remains extremely unstable.

3 Jul 2019

Web Alert: Changes to US ECA FONAR reporting procedure

Members with ships operating in the North American (NA) or U.S. Caribbean Sea Emission Control Area (ECA) are advised that a change of procedure has been introduced in the two ECAs.

2 Jul 2019

Web Alert: New ICS Guidelines (updated 1 July 2019) on compliance with the 2020 ‘Global Sulphur Cap’

Further to the club’s previous web-alert, members are advised that an updated version (1 July 2019) of the ICS guidelines on compliance with the 2020 ‘Global Sulphur Cap’ are available now.

27 Jun 2019

Web Alert: Foreign flag representatives in the UAE

The UAE FTA circular No 5 of 2019, dated 9 June 2019, requires Foreign Flag representatives in the UAE to apply to the FTA before 30 June 2019 in order to continue with their activities in the UAE.

25 Jun 2019

Article: US Supreme Court holds seaman are not entitled to punitive damages

The Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision today in Dutra Group v Batterton, 588 US __ (2019) (attached on the right), holding (in a 6-3 decision) that seafarers are not entitled to punitive damages if the shipowner breaches its duty to provide a seaworthy ship. The seafarer is entitled to recover pecuniary losses only, the losses the seafarer may recover for negligence under the Jones Act.

24 Jun 2019

Press Article: Prudent owners should run for cover as pollution delays spike

Nick Rowe, The Strike Club, discusses pollution delays in an article published by TradeWinds on Friday 21 June 2019.

24 Jun 2019

24 June 2019, Standard Club circular - The 2020 Global Sulphur Cap

Please read attached circulars.

24 Jun 2019

Web Alert: IMO 2020 guidelines for Singapore-registered ships and for ships calling to Port of Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), in collaboration with the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), has published the second edition of two technical guides on the impending 0.50% fuel oil global sulphur cap.