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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 Apr 2019

Article: The Aries rule held not to apply to freight forwarders

On 19 February 2019, the Commercial Court held that the rule established in The Aries [1977] 1 WLR 185 (HL), as per which freight must always be paid and claims cannot be set off against it, did not apply to freight forwarders.

10 Apr 2019

Web Alert: South Africa - Effective implementation of IMO 2020 0.50% Sulphur Cap

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has recently published two Marine Notices.

9 Apr 2019

Web Alert: IMB report global piracy has dropped in Q1 2019

IMB reported 38 incidents of piracy and armed robbery at sea, representing 28 fewer incidents than the first quarter of 2018.

5 Apr 2019

Web Alert: GPS spoofing threatens safety of navigation

A recent report by the non-profit analytic group C4ADS shows Russian jamming and spoofing of GPS signals is more extensive than previously thought. After the completion of a year long investigation, the report 'Above Us Only Stars - Exposing GPS spoofing in Russia and Syria' has been produced.

4 Apr 2019

Press Article: Singapore War Risks Mutual

The Singapore War Risks Mutual (SWRM) was established, with strong support from the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), as an insurance class of The Standard Club Asia (Standard Asia) in 2015.

4 Apr 2019

Web Alert: Updated IG FAQs in respect of MLC Financial Security Certificates

The current changes reflect the IG clubs' experiences in the handling of seafarer’s claims which draw down upon the MLC Financial Security Certificates.

3 Apr 2019

Article: Are You Covered for SOLAS and Stowaways?

Are you covered for SOLAS and Stowaways?

30 Mar 2019

Web Alert: US sanctions against Syria - Advisory targeting petroleum shipments

On 25 March 2019, the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published an Advisory warning the global shipping industry about the US sanctions risks for parties involved in petroleum shipments to the Syrian government.

25 Mar 2019

Web Alert: Cyclone Veronica

Cyclone Veronica has crippled activity around the three major ports in the world’s most important iron ore exporting region, the Pilbara.

25 Mar 2019

Web Alert: Houston ship channel closure

A fire at a petrochemical tank farm near Houston has resulted in the Houston ship channel being closed.

20 Mar 2019

Web Alert: Calls at Qatari ports

Members are reminded that direct trade between Qatar and seven other states (the 'Restricting States') remains restricted or prohibited.

12 Mar 2019

Web Alert: Relying on bill of lading terms against cargo receivers in Senegal

Members should be aware that for shipments of cargo to Senegal, carriers may be unable to rely on their bill of lading terms against the named consignee.

1 Mar 2019

Web-alert: Precautions against Contacting Fishing Net in Ningde waters, China

Further to the club’s previous web alert on fishery farm claims in China, there have been reports that in the past 15 days, four similar incidents occurred off Ningde or Kement Port of Fujian Province.

27 Feb 2019

Web Alert: Chinese ballast water management requirements

Following China’s ratification of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, the authorities have issued a document on the supervision and management of ship ballast water and sediment upon entry into Chinese waters.

27 Feb 2019

Web Alert: GPS week rollover

The UK Maritime Coastguard Agency and the US Homeland Security have issued alerts for operators using Global Positioning System for both position and Coordinated Universal Time.

26 Feb 2019

Web Alert: Expansion of The Standard Club’s PEME scheme

Since its creation in September 2015, the club’s pre-employment medical examination (PEME) scheme has conducted over 12,500 examinations on behalf of club members. The expansion in number of clinics and locations will allow more examinations to take place.

25 Feb 2019

Press Article: Sulphur cap regulation will increase P&I exposure

Eddy Morland, Head of the International Division at The Standard Club, discusses the IMO sulphur cap regulation that kicks in on March 1, 2020.

20 Feb 2019

Web Alert: Venezuela Economic and Political Instability

The economic and political instability of Venezuela continues to deteriorate, creating an increased risk environment for vessels trading there.

19 Feb 2019

Web Alert: Ship detention in The Singapore Strait

Members are advised on the recent industry advisory issued by the Singapore Shipping Association and the notice issued by the club’s local correspondents in Indonesia, highlighting a number of cases where the ships anchored in waters around the island of Batam and near Bintan have been detained by the Indonesian Authorities as a part of their efforts to combat smuggling.

15 Feb 2019

The Standard Club Rule Books 2019/20

The Rule Books for 2019/20 have now been published.