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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 2020

Date Title

31 Mar 2020

News: COVID-19 - IMO issues preliminary list of recommendations

Following the G20 Leaders’ Summit on COVID-19, the IMO has issued a preliminary list of recommendations for Governments and relevant National Authorities on the facilitation of maritime trade during the COVID-19 pandemic.

31 Mar 2020

Article: Ninth Circuit decision highlights the value of medical evidence in rebutting section 20(a) presumption in aggravating injury case

If an employee's pre-existing condition is aggravated or accelerated by work conditions, the employer can be liable for the claimant's entire disability, not just the aggravated or accelerated portion.

31 Mar 2020

News: New maritime security guidance for companies and mariners operating in West Africa

The Best Management Practices West Africa is a new addition to the established BMP series and provides threat mitigation guidance on counter-piracy/armed robbery at sea.

31 Mar 2020

News: Update - Indian Ports declare Force Majeure due to the COVID-19 outbreak

James Mackintosh & Co. Pvt. Ltd. informed us that additional ports have declared Force Majeure

27 Mar 2020

News: COVID-19 - Seafarer Wellbeing

The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) has launched a new video aimed at seafarers. It provides information and guidance from a counselling psychologist, Dr Kate Thompson, about managing mental health during this crisis.

27 Mar 2020

News: Indian Ports declare Force Majeure due to the COVID-19 outbreak

As part of the attempt to minimise the spread the of the COVID-19, India has declared nationwide lockdown.

27 Mar 2020

News: COVID-19 – Port states to show flexibility

the Paris, Indian and Tokyo MOU along with the USCG have issued guidance recognising that there is a need to apply flexibility under these special circumstances.

26 Mar 2020

News: COVID-19 Personal Injury Protocol

A new 'Coronavirus (COVID-19) Personal Injury Protocol' was launched in the UK on 24 March 2020 by Thompsons Solicitors and the Association of British Insurers (ABI), to ensure personal injury solicitors - both defendant and claimant - and insurers work together to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

26 Mar 2020

News: Use of open loop scrubber when transiting Turkish Straits

Members with ships fitted with scrubbers and transiting through the Turkish Straits are advised that the environmental authorities in Turkey may fine the ship if the samples collected from the overboard discharge line is suspected to be a pollutant.

25 Mar 2020

News: Update on piracy and armed robbery in Asia

ReCAAP have issued a recent report including incident alerts.

25 Mar 2020

News: COVID-19 - stricter restrictions

COVID-19 continues to spread at an alarming rate forcing governments across the globe to implement ever stricter measures in an attempt to contain the pandemic.

24 Mar 2020

News: UAE Ports Update

The United Arab Emirates government has undertaken steps restricting crewmember transfers and shore access in order to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and to safeguard the wellbeing of all the port users and workers.

24 Mar 2020

News: Updated COVID-19 related US port restrictions

We have updated the correspondent COVID-19 port survey information from the item published on 20 March 2020.

24 Mar 2020

News: US Jones Act and LHWCA claims in view of the COVID-19 pandemic

In the United States a shipowner may face claims from seaman under the Jones Act or harbor workers under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA).

23 Mar 2020

Press Article: Tensions in the Persian Gulf increases delay exposure for shipowners

Shipowners are turning to Strike and Delay-type coverages to help mitigate against the high cost of marine war risk insurance in the region

20 Mar 2020

News: Correspondents and COVID-19

By way of reassurance to our members, the club's correspondents continue to operate and provide a full support service during the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes providing useful coronavirus updates affecting their respective region and ports.

20 Mar 2020

News: Standard Club is the proud Health and Wellbeing sponsor of The Sea newspaper

Produced quarterly, The Sea newspaper currently reaches approx 190,000 seafarers globally.

20 Mar 2020

News: COVID-19 related US port restrictions

With COVID-19 continuing to affect shipping operations globally, Standard Club has produced a summary of its effects on shipping operations at US ports.

19 Mar 2020

News: Stevedore strike at Setubal and Lisboa ports

We have been informed by our correspondent in Portugal of a stevedore strike until 30th March at the ports of Setubal and Lisboa.