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News and Commentary

 

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 2021

Date Title

3 Mar 2021

News: The International Group of P&I Clubs launches a safety animation to help prevent the loss of life in enclosed spaces on board ships

The International Group has collaborated to produce a safety training animation that draws attention to the risk of entering such spaces without first taking preventive and protective measures.

3 Mar 2021

News: Singapore deploys new maritime security vessels as rise reported in armed robbery attacks in Asia during 2020

The latest annual report from the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) was recently published.

2 Mar 2021

News: Precautions concerning drugs smuggling at Colombian ports

The local correspondents in Columbia (A&A Multiprime) have published the attached circular on the precautions concerning drugs smuggling.

2 Mar 2021

News: USCG updates cyber compliance timeline for non-SMS US vessels

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has updated the Vessel Cyber Risk Management Work Instruction to include a compliance timeline and inspection process for non-Safety Management System vessels that are subject to the Marine Transportation Safety Act of 2002.

2 Mar 2021

News: BIMCO adopts revised editions of Towcon and Towhire

On 25 January 2021 BIMCO’s Documentary Committee adopted updated versions of the Towcon and Towhire towage contracts. Towcon 2021 and Towhire 2021 will be published shortly.

26 Feb 2021

Article: The Tai Prize Appeal

This case relates to a consignment of beans that were damaged before loading, where the shipper should have known about the condition of the cargo upon loading.

24 Feb 2021

News: Launch of the Nigerian Port Sector Process

In a bid to improve Nigeria’s ranking on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) and to promote transparency, eliminate bottlenecks and illegal demands at seaports and terminals, the Nigerian Government has launched its Nigerian Ports Process Manual (NPPM).

23 Feb 2021

Press release: The Standard Club completes 2021 renewal

Please read the attached press release.

23 Feb 2021

News: New regulations on limestone exports in Vietnam

We have been advised that recent updated regulations on limestone exports in Vietnam have resulted in the detention of many limestone shipments after loading.

22 Feb 2021

News: UK list of approved ship recycling facilities

The Maritime and Coast Guard Agency (MCA) has issued attached marine information note (MIN 657 (M+F)) on the UK list of approved ship recycling facilities.

22 Feb 2021

News: AMSA focused inspection campaign (FIC) on livestock ships (1 March - 31 August 2021)

Ship owners with livestock carriers calling at Australian ports are recommended to refer to the recent Marine Notice 1/2021 issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) on the Focused Inspection Campaign (FIC) that will be conducted from 1 March 2021 to 31 August 2021.

22 Feb 2021

News: Brazil soya bean harvesting delays

The usual harvesting season in Brazil runs from January to March each year; however, that process has been delayed by a drought last year that slowed plantings, and heavy rainfall recently.

19 Feb 2021

SG-STAR Fund Taskforce (SFTF) develops CrewSafe audit program

SFTF have developed a CrewSafe audit program that endeavors to assist crew source nations to bring a higher level of confidence and quality control checks into crew change processes such as quarantine/holding, medical and swabbing facilities.

19 Feb 2021

Article: Smuggling fines, breach of customs regulations and operational best practice

The International Group has amended the Pooling Agreement so that as of 20 February 2021, P&I cover in respect of fines for smuggling and breach of customs regulations will no longer provided as of right, but only on a discretionary basis.

19 Feb 2021

Suspicious email and fraud alert

Please read the full alert.

19 Feb 2021

News: Houston ship channel closures

Members are advised that the Houston Ship Channel has experienced recent closures due to the severe weather in the state of Texas.

15 Feb 2021

News: BIMCO publishes new sanctions clause for container vessel Time Charter Parties 2021

The clause is distinct from the sanctions clause for Time Charter Parties 2020, as it is intended to cater for the specific practical and commercial realities of the liner trade.

15 Feb 2021

News: Gabon increases security level in response to spate of attacks in the Gulf of Guinea

The club has previously reported in a news item about the increased piracy and kidnap threat in the Gulf of Guinea.​ Since the start of 2021 there have been several reported attacks.

10 Feb 2021

Article: UK judgments and arbitration awards: the question of enforcement post Brexit

The question of enforcement of UK judgments in other EU countries (and vice versa) is still in flux, since the transition period for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU ended on 31 December 2020.