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23 Sep 2020

News: Singapore MPA announces further enhancements to crew change procedures. ITF, IMEC contribute to the SG-STAR Fund

Singapore MPA has released a new circular (PMC 38) announcing further enhancements to crew change procedures in the port of Singapore.

18 Sep 2020

News: UN agencies urge member states to resolve the humanitarian crew change crisis

UN agencies and programmes involved in the maritime sector, human rights, trade, travel and transportation have called on all UN Member States, through a joint statement, to take urgent action to resolve the humanitarian crew change crisis faced by the world's seafarers.

17 Sep 2020

News: New deck fitting requirement for capesize vessels calling at Port Hedland, Australia (as of 1 February 2021)

Members with capesize vessels calling at Port Hedland, Australia are recommended to refer to the attached marine notice issued by the Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA).

16 Sep 2020

Press Article: Navigating stormy waters: Key loss prevention tips

In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA, Capt. Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, provides tips for safe navigation now that the typhoon season is underway and notes that this can cause widespread disruption and delays in the logistical supply chain.

16 Sep 2020

News: Pre-arrival reporting and COVID-19 in Canada

Members should take note of a recent circular from the Chamber of Shipping in Canada.

9 Sep 2020

News: Sign up to our upcoming webinar 'Standard Club Seafarer Wellbeing Series: A discussion with Stella Maris and Capt. Artur Olbromski - What is the new normal?'

This Friday's webinar will bring together our Director of Loss Prevention with Stella Maris, a spiritual and social welfare support provider for seafarers, and an experienced Captain who will share his experiences at sea during this pandemic.

9 Sep 2020

News: The Sea newspaper - Q3 2020

The 2020 quarter 3 edition of The Sea, which updates seafarers on the latest news and safety information, is now available.

7 Sep 2020

News: COVID-19 – Singapore crew change guidebook (new version 4.0)

The new version 4.0 of the guide now includes an annex with a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to assist the maritime community.

1 Sep 2020

News: ICS issues new protocols to mitigate COVID-19 onboard. Singapore MPA enhances crew change procedure.

Stemming from the recent concerns over COVID-19 infections on board ships, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), along with the International Maritime Health Association (IMHA) and the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO), have issued new protocols to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 cases on board.

1 Sep 2020

News: Our Seafarer Wellbeing poster campaign is nominated for SAFETY4SEA Initiative Award - Voting closes soon!

If you feel that our posters, designed to grace the walls of members' ships, have contributed in fostering a safer and sustainable shipping environment, cast a vote in our favour!

25 Aug 2020

News: Singapore MPA issues new advisory for Ships and service providers

Singapore continues to take a calibrated and risk-based approach in determining the precautions and measures for the COVID-19 pandemic.

19 Aug 2020

News: The Government of Canada has established speed restriction measures in the Gulf of St Lawrence

With the aim of reducing the risk of ship collisions with North Atlantic right whales (NARW), the Canadian government has implemented speed restriction zones in the Gulf of St Lawrence.

18 Aug 2020

News: Standard Club is proud to contribute a seafarer wellbeing focus within four upcoming issues of Offing Echoes magazine

Offing Echoes is an online magazine with a readership of approx 45,000.

14 Aug 2020

News: Korea requires a document confirming negative COVID-19 PCR test result for crew coming from Russia, Philippines releases new procedures for crew change

Sailors aboard ships from Russia are required to submit certificates showing they have tested negative for the coronavirus upon entry into South Korea.

11 Aug 2020

Press Article: Pandemic means sharper focus needed on crew on physical and mental health

Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention highlights the risks to seafarer’s wellbeing during this pandemic and shares supportive advice to help seafarers alleviate these risks for themselves and their crew, in The Marine Insurer July 2020 magazine.

10 Aug 2020

News: Guidelines for the use of electronic record books (ERBs) under MARPOL

Members are advised that from 1 October 2020, IMO adopted amendments to MARPOL Annexes I, II, V, VI and the NOx Technical Code will enter into force​, enabling the use of Electronic Record Books (ERBs) in lieu of paper record books.

10 Aug 2020

Press Article: The dangers of enclosed spaces

Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention at Standard Club, asks why enclosed space entry fatalities are still happening.

6 Aug 2020

Press Article: Practicing humanity is the only way our seafarers can survive COVID-19

In a call for compassion and understanding, Director of Loss Prevention at the club, Captain Yves Vandenborn highlights another tragic legacy of COVID-19, seafarers subjected to abuse, neglect and prejudice.

4 Aug 2020

News: Singapore Crew Change Guidebook (SCCG)

The Singapore Crew Change Working Group (SCCWG) has revised the Singapore Crew Change Guidebook (SCCG) to incorporate the updated requirements and measures on crew change for Cargo Ships in the Port of Singapore.

28 Jul 2020

News: AMSA focused inspection campaign (FIC) on cargo securing arrangements (1 Aug - 31 Oct 2020)

Members with ships calling at Australian ports are recommended to refer to the recent Marine Notice 5/2020 issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) on the Focused Inspection Campaign (FIC) targeting cargo securing arrangements on container ships. The FIC will be conducted from 1 August 2020 to 31 October 2020.

28 Jul 2020

News: COVID-19 – INTERCARGO supports safety guide for ship/shore interface; Hong Kong tightens crew change requirements

Online dry bulk training provider Vistrato have produced a comprehensive COVID-19 Guide for Ship/Shore Interactions’ for ships and terminals handling solid bulk cargoes during the current global pandemic. In a joint effort, INTERCARGO and DBTG (International Dry Bulk Terminals Group) have teamed up with Vistrato to support and distribute this guide.

27 Jul 2020

News: ILO issues a revised information note, Singapore MPA issues new requirements for crew change

ILO issues a revised information note, Singapore MPA issues new requirements for crew change.

24 Jul 2020

News: India announces repatriation of foreign seafarers from Indian ports

In the latest DGS Order No 21 of 2020, the Directorate General of Shipping, Govt. of India has released the Standard Operating Procedure/Protocol (SOP) for repatriating of foreign seafarers from Indian ports.

20 Jul 2020

News: Loss Prevention Seafarer Wellbeing poster campaign nominated for SAFETY4SEA Initiative Award - Cast your vote now!

The Standard Club Loss Prevention team's Seafarer Wellbeing poster campaign, which concluded earlier this year, has been shortlisted for the SAFETY4SEA Initiative Award!

17 Jul 2020

News: Quarantine & Testing Requirements for seafarers, crew changes in Dubai

WHO and IMHA have provided information regarding the recommended quarantine and testing requirements for seafarers who are joining ship.

8 Jul 2020

News: IMO issues recommendations for port and coastal states

IMO in its latest circular has issued recommendations for port and coastal states to provide for prompt and efficient disembarkation of seafarers to receive medical care ashore.

2 Jul 2020

Press Article: Many shipowners likely to miss EU recycling deadline

Standard Club suggests that in order to avoid any compliance-related issues all inventories of hazardous materials should be submitted two months before the EU’s December 31 deadline.

1 Jul 2020

News: Reminder - South Korean ECA to take effect from 1 September 2020

Members are reminded that from 1 September 2020 it will be mandatory for ships calling at certain ports to use fuel with maximum 0.1% sulphur content

29 Jun 2020

Press Article: Tankers to the rescue again: a solution to storage woes

Standard Club comments on how the current crisis in oil prices coupled with the fall in demand has pushed several oil producers, traders and consumers to stock up, leading to a shortage in storage space for oil, not just crude but even clean products such as aviation fuel and gasoline.

25 Jun 2020

News: The Sea newspaper - Q2 2020

The 2020 quarter 2 edition of The Sea, which updates seafarers on the latest news and safety information, is now available.

23 Jun 2020

News: IMO celebrates 10th anniversary of the annual Day of the Seafarer on 25 June

This year, the Day of the Seafarer campaign calls on Member States to recognize seafarers as key workers – and to provide them with the support, assistance and travel options open to all key workers during the pandemic.

23 Jun 2020

News: ISWAN - Seafarers' Health Information Programme (SHIP)

ISWAN’s ‘The Seafarers’ Health Information Programme (SHIP)’ is a long-running project which aims to offer both shipping companies and seafarers information on how to stay fit and well on board.

19 Jun 2020

News: Singapore pushes to accelerate Maritime digitalisation and updates crew change requirements

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) and Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) have launched the Maritime Digitalisation Playbook (MDP), to support maritime companies in accelerating their digitalisation plans as the economy reboots and enters a new normal post-COVID-19.

18 Jun 2020

Press Article: Fire in the hold

As larger container vessels continue to be built, classification societies and shipowners are proactively developing new and more efficient firefighting capabilities to combat the fire risks they pose. Captain Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, shares with Safety at Sea his opinion that although these are positive steps, more needs to be done to combat the root of the problem in order to improve maritime safety.

17 Jun 2020

Article: Tankers to the rescue again: a solution to storage woes

The current crisis in oil prices coupled with the fall in demand has pushed several oil producers, traders and consumers to stock up, leading to a shortage in storage space for oil. Members are seeking guidance for using tankers for the storage of oil in the current climate, as a solution to these storage issues. This article shares lessons learnt from previous claims and offers practical and operational considerations.

12 Jun 2020

News: Industry bodies issue guidance ensuring safe continuation of maritime trade

IACS has issued a statement that provides guidance on how potential physical interaction between surveyors and ships’ staff is planned and managed in a manner that recognizes and addresses the personal COVID19 risk to all involved.

12 Jun 2020

Article: Drug Smuggling Preventative Measures

This article aims to provide advice on the preventative measures for ships calling at all ports vulnerable to drug smuggling.

11 Jun 2020

News: Hong Kong Resumes Crew Changes

The Maritime Department of the Hong Kong administration (MARDEP) has authorised crew changes without compulsory quarantine for cargo ships without scheduled cargo operations in Hong Kong.

9 Jun 2020

News: Q&A following Standard Club Seafarer Wellbeing Webinar - A discussion with ISWAN

Following our recent webinar ‘A discussion with ISWAN’, we are pleased to share a Q&A document which shares all questions received from attendees, and answers offered by Captain Yves Vandenborn and James Bean of Standard Club, and Caitlin Vaughan of ISWAN.

5 Jun 2020

Article: Remote pilotage - perspective and risks to consider

In this article, Captain John Dolan, Deputy Director of Loss Prevention, acknowledges the risk factors that should be carefully considered before the practise of remote pilotage is undertaken, and shares club concerns and recommendations.

4 Jun 2020

Press Article: Challenges seafarers face during COVID-19

As the 'uncertainty' surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be present among all walks of life, Standard Club Asia’s Captain Yves Vandenborn and Niccole Lian shed light on the impact to seafarers during the pandemic.

2 Jun 2020

Article: Practical considerations for ship recycling

This article looks at the applicable conventions and makes some recommendations as to what members should consider when it comes to recycling their ships, including their obligations regarding the club.

29 May 2020

Press Article: Adequate information vital for seafarers’ wellbeing amid crisis

Clear accessible communication can minimize the feeling of abandonment and anxiety which seafarers onbaord ships are experiencing during this pandemic, Safety 4 Sea highlights key issues discussed in Standard Club's recent seafarer wellbeing webinar: a discussion with ISWAN.

29 May 2020

News: ICS issues new Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has issued updated health guidance for the global shipping industry to ensure ship operators and crew can safely deal with seafarers struggling with medical conditions during the coronavirus pandemic.

29 May 2020

Article: Importance of navigational risk reviews

We believe that significant numbers of major, headline-generating navigational incidents can be prevented by effective navigational risk reviews (audits) which assess how the actual navigation of the ship is conducted.

28 May 2020

News: COVID-19 – IMO-ICAO-ILO issue joint statement

The IMO, ICAO and ILO have issued a joint statement.

28 May 2020

News: Standard Club are now members of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network

MACN is a global business network of more than 100 businesses working towards the vision of a maritime industry free of corruption that enables fair trade to the benefit of society at large.

28 May 2020

Press Article: COVID-19 and Seafarers

Rahul Sapra, Senior Surveyor and Maria Elena-Mourtzanou, Claims Assistant discuss the effect of COVID-19 on Seafarers with Japan Maritime Daily.

27 May 2020

Press Article: Communication is vital for seafarers’ wellbeing during COVID-19

Safety at Sea highlight the importance of communication between shore and at sea when addressing the mental wellbeing of seafarers during the COVID-19 pandemic, as discussed in Standard Club's recent webinar on the subject.

22 May 2020

Press Article: Club correspondents on the front line as P&I sector steers way through pandemic

Correspondent networks have been essential to the ability of P&I clubs to maintain service levels despite the restrictions imposed on the maritime industry as a result of the pandemic

21 May 2020

Press Article: Remote pilotage should be a last resort even in a health crisis

Some ports are now enforcing remote pilotage on ships arriving from countries where there is a high incidence of the coronavirus, but the practice should still be used sparingly, argues John Dolan, Deputy Director of Loss Prevention at Standard Club

18 May 2020

News: ICS Publishes COVID-19 Guidance for Safe Ship-Shore Interface

The International Chamber of Shipping has published Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Ensuring a Safe Shipboard Interface Between Ship and Shore-Based Personnel.

18 May 2020

News: Importance of accurate AIS broadcasts

Members with ships trading in US waters, particularly in the Mississippi River, are recommended to refer to the USCG Marine Safety Alert on the importance of accurate Automatic Identification System (AIS) broadcasts.

18 May 2020

News: ITF and Maritime Employers Welcome IMO Crew Changes Protocol

The Joint Negotiating Group (JNG) of maritime employers and the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) issued a joint statement on 13 May 2020.

12 May 2020

News: COVID-19 – IMO steps up to the crew change challenges, comes out with a 12-step framework

IMO has issued a new circular setting out a 12-step recommended framework of protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic.

12 May 2020

News: COVID-19 – IMO issues guidelines for ensuring a safe shipboard interface between ship and shore-based personnel

IMO has released a new circular which is produced in collaboration with a number of industry bodies including the International Group of P&I clubs.

11 May 2020

Press Article: Standard Club voices safety fears over increase in remote pilotage

The rapid uptake of remote pilotage during the coronavirus pandemic could be compromising safety, according to protection and indemnity insurer Standard Club.

11 May 2020

Press Article: Collisions, congestion, and closures

Several major collisions and pollution events have occurred in the Houston Ship Channel over the past few years, and raise questions over potential safety issues in this busy waterway.

6 May 2020

News: Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) - 2020 Risk Period

It is that time of the year when ships calling at certain Far East ports would need to be inspected and certified free of Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) prior to their departure, so as to minimise the potential action by phytosanitary authorities of countries where the pest is not indigenous.

5 May 2020

News: Increased oil tanker presence off US coast

Oil prices collapsed in early March due to the huge drop in consumption caused by the pandemic coupled with the price war. It has been reported that over 40 million barrels of oil is destined for the US Gulf and the west coast in the next few weeks.

24 Apr 2020

News: CHIRP Maritime COVID-19 update – Seafarer Health and Wellbeing

CHIRP Maritime have recognised the impact COVID-19 has made to seafarers and have produced some informative articles.

24 Apr 2020

Press Article: Managing Maritime Risks

Lisa Jenkins, Claims Executive, recently discussed shipowner and operator coverage with InsuranceAsia News (IAN), they also spoke about the greatest risks faced by the market during COVID-19.

23 Apr 2020

Article: Seafarer mental wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic

This pandemic has cast a multitude of challenges unto seafarers, such issues naturally cause a high risk for the seafarer’s mental wellbeing. International organisations have recognised seafarers’ plight and are banding together to provide various sources of helplines for them. We highly recommend for our members to review and consider these examples.

15 Apr 2020

News: USCG grants BWTS extension due to COVID-19

In light of the current impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has adjusted its extension policy for affected ships in regards to the US Ballast Water Management Regulations.

14 Apr 2020

News: COVID-19 – Maritime sector shows resilience

In these challenging times, the Maritime sector under the guidance of the IMO, ILO and other industry bodies have issued guidance to ensure that the world-trade continues while ensuring safety for the seafarer, ship and the environment.

8 Apr 2020

News: The Judicial System in Italy – Covid-19 Outbreak

Following the pandemic outbreak of Covid-19, the Italian government has passed Decree Law no. 18 which came into force on 17 March 2020, replacing Decree Law no.11 of 8 March 2020.

8 Apr 2020

News: The Judicial System in France – Covid-19 Outbreak

In view of the current Covid-19 outbreak all statutes of limitation in France are suspended.

8 Apr 2020

Article: Importance of navigational risk reviews

Over the last 10 years there has been a general increase in the number of claims which relate to the broad description of navigational incidents. We believe that significant numbers of major navigational incidents can be prevented by effective navigational risk reviews.

7 Apr 2020

News: USCG issues reminder to ensure the availability of oil response services amid COVID-19

The US Coast Guard issued a reminder on 2 April 2020, about the continual obligation for Oil Spill Response Organizations (OSROs) and salvage and marine firefighting (SMFF) providers to provide the necessary resources to respond to an oil or hazerdous spill.

6 Apr 2020

News: Beaching operations in India following the general lockout due to Covid-19 outbreak

The general lockout in India has also affected ships’ beaching operations in various ports.

6 Apr 2020

Press Article: COVID-19 Impact on how P&I clubs do business

Nicholas Mavrias, Senior Claims Executive, discusses how COVID-19 is impacting the way that P&I clubs do business.

2 Apr 2020

Press Article: COVID-19: This is not a Drill!

Michael Hughes, Claims Executive and Rahul Sapra, Senior Surveyor of Standard Club share suggestions for members and owners to consider and adopt to further support seafarers during these unprecedented times.

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

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

19 Mar 2020

News: COVID-19 update – over 200,000 confirmed cases and 8650 deaths

Most countries have been implementing strict controls and travel restrictions to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

18 Mar 2020

News: Update on impact of COVID-19 outbreak in Panama

Our correspondent in Panama, P&I C Fernie & Co SA, have provided an update on the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in Panama.

17 Mar 2020

News: UK Government issues COVID-19 Shipping and Sea Ports Guidance

On 16 March 2020 the UK government issued guidance to assist ships (including cargo vessels, ferries and cruise ships) and sea ports in providing advice to staff on addressing COVID-19 on ships and in sea ports.

13 Mar 2020

News: CMF/EUNAVFOR Industry Releasable Threat Bulletin 18

Members with ships passing through or operating in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden (GOA) are advised to refer to the attached Industry Releasable Threat Bulletin (IRTB) produced by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR).

12 Mar 2020

News: COVID-19 – WHO categorizes COVID-19 as a pandemic

In its media briefing on 11 March, the WHO has categorized the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic.

9 Mar 2020

News: Supply of low sulphur bunkers and discharge of scrubber wash-water in Brazil

Members with ships trading in Brazil are advised on the recent article issued by the club’s correspondent (Proinde P&I) in regards to the supply of low sulphur bunkers and discharge of scrubber wash-water in Brazil.

6 Mar 2020

News: COVID-19 - Spread to 87 countries

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has issued a new guidance for the global shipping industry to help combat the spread of the virus.

5 Mar 2020

News: COVID-19 – Turkish ports quarantine ships from 'contaminated countries' for 14 days prior to berthing

Turkish authorities require ships that have called at 'contaminated countries' to be quarantined for 14 days prior to being allowed to berth at Turkish ports.

5 Mar 2020

Press Article: Misdeclared cargoes and the booking process

At Standard Club, we are well-aware of the issue of misdeclared cargoes and work hard with our members and the marine industry to raise awareness of this bad practice. John Dolan discusses misdeclared cargoes and the grave dangers it presents.

4 Mar 2020

News: Singapore MPA extends its precautionary measures

Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) has extended its precautionary measures in the shipping sector as part of its efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Singapore.

3 Mar 2020

News: WHO raises COVID-19 threat assessment to its highest level

The WHO raised its assessment of the risk of spread and impact of the coronavirus to ‘very high’.

3 Mar 2020

News: South Africa's approach to IMO Sulphur Cap 2020

The Club has been notified that the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) issued a Marine Notice No 22/2019 on 24 December 2019 concerning the ships’ compliance with IMO Sulphur Cap 2020

2 Mar 2020

News: COVID-19 cases reported in five new member states

The latest Situation Report no.41 issued by the WHO on 1 March 2020 states that there are now reported cases of COVID-19 in five new member states in the last 24 hours: Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Ireland, Monaco and Qatar.

28 Feb 2020

News: Crew mental and physical wellbeing during extensive delays

Ships in ports all over the world are experiencing delays due to COVID-19 with additional HSE and customs checks being carried out in some ports.

27 Feb 2020

News: COVID-19 detection measures are expected to tighten in Greek ports

The latest WHO report notes that for the first time since the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, the number of reported new cases is higher in countries outside of China than in China.

26 Feb 2020

News: Coronavirus update - ports continue to impose additional requirements due to the Coronavirus

Numerous ports in and around South Asia and the Far East continue to impose additional requirements due to the Coronavirus.

26 Feb 2020

Press Article: Coronavirus driving uptake of BI cover by shipowners

Richard Stevens, Divisional Claims Director, discusses how Coronavirus is driving the uptake of BI cover by shipowners.

25 Feb 2020

News: Implementation and enforcement of relevant IMO instruments and Joint statement with WHO

Although we are seeing a fall in the new coronavirus cases in China, the WHO is concerned by global spread and the recent rise in cases reported especially from Korea and Japan.

25 Feb 2020

News: USCG marine safety information bulletin - Mississippi

The USCG has issued a Marine Safety Information bulletin advising on the operating requirements in the Mississippi when Carrollton Gauge is at 15 feet and rising.

24 Feb 2020

News: Coronavirus update - no new countries have reported cases of COVID-19 since 22 February 2020

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) last report dated 23 February 2020 advised that no new countries had reported cases of COVID-19.

21 Feb 2020

News: China Shipowners’ Association (CSOA) issue a draft proposal to Beijing requesting a temporary reprieve from IMO Rules

As a result of the ongoing financial and logistical difficulties arising from coronavirus, Chinese shipping entities have raised concerns of their ability to comply with the more stringent IMO Sulphur Rules introduced in January 2020.

21 Feb 2020

Press Article: Coronavirus: P&I will cover seafarer illness and death, Standard Club confirms

Richard Stevens, Divisional Claims Director, discusses how P&I will respond to Coronavirus complications.

21 Feb 2020

Article: practical and contractual considerations arising from the Novel Coronavirus outbreak

The club offers practical and contractual considerations arising from the Novel Coronavirus outbreak.

19 Feb 2020

News: Turkey – misdeclaration of fuel and potential consequences

Members with ships trading in Turkey are advised of the recent increasing trend regarding sudden and unannounced inspections on ships by Turkish customs.

18 Feb 2020

News: Coronavirus Update

More than 300 Americans have been evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship moored off Yokohama, Japan to military bases in California and Texas, where they will begin a 14-day mandatory quarantine period.

17 Feb 2020

News: Novel Coronavirus update - Reinforcement of additional precautionary measures

The latest situation dashboard on the WHO website confirms a rise in the number of confirmed cases and deaths caused by Novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

13 Feb 2020

News: Novel Coronavirus update - state-owned shipyards resume work

As of 13 February 2020, the Club understands that state-owned shipyards have resumed work albeit at reduced capacity, although privately owned yards remain closed and it is not clear when they will re-open.

12 Feb 2020

News: Novel coronavirus update

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to rise according to the World Health Organisation.

11 Feb 2020

News: Novel Coronavirus update - number of confirmed cases passes 42,000

The latest situation dashboard on the WHO website confirms that the number of confirmed cases has crossed 42,900 with 1,018 deaths as of 11 February 0900 UTC. While no new countries have reported any cases, the number of cases is rising steadily in China.

7 Feb 2020

Novel coronavirus – number of confirmed cases continues to rise

The latest situation report no 17 issued by WHO on 6 February 2020 states over 28,200 confirmed cases globally with over 3,700 new cases and 73 deaths in the last 24 hours. The latest situation dashboard on the WHO website confirms that the virus has now spread to 24 other nations apart from China.

6 Feb 2020

Article: The threat of Malaria

Nigel Griffiths shares information about the disease, measure of prevention and how it can be treated.

5 Feb 2020

Press Article: Why P&I insurance is more vital today than ever before

'Despite best efforts, collisions, groundings, pollution and environmental damage, fires and personnel injuries do occur.' Captain John Dolan, Deputy Director of Standard Club discusses the risks and liabilities to which P&I insurers respond.

3 Feb 2020

News: Lost anchor incidents in the Mississippi River

The club has seen a recent surge of incidents involving lost anchors, which are potentially related to high water levels in the Mississippi river.

3 Feb 2020

News: Scrubber installation delays in China due to novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak

The club has received some queries from the members concerned to check whether such situation would fall within ‘force majeure’.

3 Feb 2020

News: Novel Coronavirus update – IMO and other member states release advisories

On 30 January 2020, WHO declared that the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) constituted a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The latest situation report no 13 issued by WHO on 2 February 2020 states over 14,500 confirmed cases globally. The latest situation dashboard on the WHO website confirms that the virus has now spread to 23 other nations apart from China.

1 Feb 2020

Press Article: Safety at Sea - Safety focus 2020

Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention at Standard club, shares his opinion on what he believes is to be the biggest issues for the shipping industry to tackle in 2020, and his concerns around crew safety awareness.

31 Jan 2020

Article: Novel Coronavirus outbreak in China

Members will be aware of the recent novel coronavirus outbreak in China, which has now been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organisation. Although the following information is believed to be accurate at the time of writing, the situation is evolving rapidly and new measures are frequently being put into place.

29 Jan 2020

News: Focusing on Seafarer Wellbeing - Socialisation

Socialising on board should not be negatively impacted by wi-fi connectivity, instead, wi-fi should be used as a resource to encourage socialisation between seafarers.

28 Jan 2020

News: Novel Coronavirus update – advice for members

Further to the club’s previous update regarding the latest situation of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) we have received some useful advice from our correspondents in China, Huatai Insurance Agency & Consultant Service Ltd

27 Jan 2020

News: Incidents involving ships underway in the eastbound lane of Singapore Strait

The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) has released an incident alert recently for incidents involving ships while underway in the eastbound lane of Singapore Strait.

27 Jan 2020

News: Introduction of voluntary speed limits and ECA in South Korea

Members with ships trading in South Korea are advised on the new environmental laws that introduces a series of measures, including a voluntary speed reduction programme and an impending emission control area (ECA) as steps to reduce air pollution from shipping.

24 Jan 2020

News: Novel Coronavirus update – situation worsens

Further to the club’s previous update on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the situation has further worsened. WHO has released a statement on the meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak.

23 Jan 2020

News: Novel Coronavirus - update

Further to the club’s previous news item on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported an increase in the number of patients infected with the mysterious virus and confirmed cases in Thailand, Japan and Korea.

20 Jan 2020

News: US issues new security advisories to commercial shipping

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) of the United States Department of Transportation ​has issued two new advisories to commercial shipping. These new advisories cancel the earlier advisories issued in 2019.

17 Jan 2020

News: Ship detentions in Indonesia for violating territorial waters

In light of the recent seizure of ships in Indonesian waters, the club would like to remind members of a previous news item regarding ship detentions in the Singapore Strait.

17 Jan 2020

News: Novel Coronavirus – outbreak, after China cases reported in Thailand and Japan

The club is aware of and continues to monitor the ongoing concerns regarding the outbreak of a mysterious novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China.

8 Jan 2020

News: New IMO lifeboat requirements enter into force

Three new compulsory IMO resolutions entered into force on 1 January 2020. These resolutions deal with the maintenance, testing and survey periods for lifeboats and analysis of ship escape routes.

8 Jan 2020

News: Focusing on Seafarer Wellbeing - Fitness and Exercise

Your lifestyle choices will directly impact your health. Exercise is a key component of this equation. Our second set of posters focus on the topic of fitness and exercise, and provide useful tips and advice to care for your physical wellbeing.

31 Dec 2019

News: Amendments (05-19) to the IMSBC Code

Some contracting governments may apply amendments to the IMSBC Code in whole or in part on a voluntary basis from 1 January 2020.

17 Dec 2019

News: Re-emergence of Polio virus in the Philippines

After 19 years of being polio-free, Polio is re-emerging in the Philippines. As of now there are seven confirmed polio cases nationwide. In line with this unfortunate development, the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) has now issued a travel advisory for travellers entering and leaving the Philippines.

16 Dec 2019

Focusing on Seafarer Wellbeing - Mental wellbeing

The Standard Club’s ‘people claims’ statistics indicate a clear upward trend of mental health related illnesses. You are never alone; support is only one call away. This poster set focuses on the topic of mental wellbeing, and provides details and information on support networks and services.

11 Dec 2019

News: Update on single-use plastics ban in Indian waters

Further to the club’s previous news item on the single-use plastic ban in Indian waters, members are advised that the Indian Director General of Shipping (DGS) has issued an update on 21 Nov 2019.

3 Dec 2019

Article: Preparations intensify as IMO 2020 global sulphur cap looms

With less than a month to go for the impending IMO 2020 global sulphur cap, the club has started witnessing dispute cases relating to the measurement of sulphur content in the fuel.

27 Nov 2019

News: Safety Considerations for Ship Operators Related to Risk‐Based Stowage of Dangerous Goods on Containerships

New safety guidance for stowage of dangerous goods on containerships launched by CINS.

26 Nov 2019

News: Risk‐based stowage of dangerous goods on containerships

The Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) organisation has produced new industry safety guidance for the stowage of dangerous goods on board containerships.

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

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.

9 Oct 2019

News: 'Dangerous Ladders' Promotional Film

The #DangerousLadders campaign is a global initiative to improve the safety of pilot transfer arrangements and in particular the safe rigging of pilot ladders.

29 Jul 2019

Web Alert: PSC CIC by Tokyo & Paris MOU on Emergency Systems & Procedures

Members are advised that the Tokyo and Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) have issued a joint press release confirming that they will be launching a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on the Emergency Systems and Procedures.

26 Jul 2019

Web Alert: Compliance with ISPM 15

The club has come across a few cases where the ships on a voyage from South Africa to the USA were refused entry in the port on the grounds of non-compliance of wood packaging materials with the ISPM15. The financial losses arising from such non-compliance and refusal of entry were substantial.

22 Jul 2019

Press Article: Working for a safer industry

Caitlin Kelly of Seaways, the international journal of The Nautical Institute, talks to Capt. Yves Vandenborn AFNI, Director of Loss Prevention at The Standard Club about his experience at sea and career ashore.

19 Jul 2019

Web Alert: Ebola update

The WHO Director General accepted the Emergency Committee’s proposal and on the 17 July 2019, declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

12 Jul 2019

Press Article: Time to put some real thrills into shipboard drills

Capt. Yves Vandenborn highlights the seriousness of overlooking safety drills, which is commonplace on ships, and explains why they should not be gentle reminders of procedure, but instead truly memorable and engaging learning experiences.

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.

28 May 2019

Web Alert: Increase in PSC detentions due to defective sewage treatment plant

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has issued a circular highlighting increase in Port State Control (PSC) detentions experienced by Singapore ships due to defects relating to the ship’s sewage treatment plant.

16 May 2019

Press Article: Banning dangerous cargoes not the solution to stamping out container fires

Yves Vandenborn, director of loss prevention for the Standard Club, explains why he believes that banning dangerous cargoes is not the solution to stopping container fires.

8 May 2019

Web Alert: Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) - 2019 Risk Period

The club would like to remind its members on the upcoming high risk season for Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM). During this time it is expected that port state inspectors in the United States, Canada, Chile, Australia and New Zealand will increase their efforts to prevent the spread of this invasive species.

8 May 2019

Web Alert: Drought forces further draft restrictions on the Panama Canal

The unprecedented drought hitting Panama has forced authorities to make a sixth draft restriction change this year. Effective from May 28, ships transiting through the new neopanamax locks will have a maximum authorised draft of 13.11m, shaving another 30cm off from the last restriction issued at the end of last month.

7 May 2019

Web Alert: Enclosed space entry concerns

The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) is calling attention to the hazards of confined space entry after a 'shocking spike' in the number of deaths associated with the known hazard.

2 May 2019

Web Alert: USCG re-instatement of BWM extensions: Are you affected?

The US Coast Guard (USCG) has reconsidered its interpretation of 'next scheduled drydocking' with regard to extensions given under its ballast water management requirements in 33 CFR 151 Subparts C and D and is providing additional guidance on what constitutes entry into drydock and the end of an extension period.

30 Apr 2019

Press Article: ECDIS - elephant on the bridge?

Captain Yves Vandenborn, of The Standard Club, explains why shipowners and their bridge teams need to do more to ensure clear understanding of ECDIS and other safety-critical systems.

29 Apr 2019

Web Alert: Best practices for carriage of dangerous goods by container

Class society ABS and representatives from the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) have formed a joint industry project to develop best practices for carriage of dangerous goods.

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.

23 Jan 2019

Press Article: The role of the marine surveyor - a P&I club's perspective

Jason Wee, Claims Director, discusses the wide, varied and indispensable role of the marine surveyor in this article published in The Report.

21 Jan 2019

Press Article: Twenty years of the ISM code, so what next?

Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, reflects on the impact of the ISM code and how to improve its effectiveness in an article for The Report published in December

4 Dec 2018

Press Article: Seafarer mental health - taking a holistic approach

Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, says improving the mental health of seafarers is critical but cannot be done in isolation, in an article for The Maritime Executive.

3 Dec 2018

Web Alert: At sea, always be prepared for the unexpected

The last CHIRP video of 2018 is hosted at the National Maritime Operations Centre near Fareham, from where coastguard operations all around the UK are coordinated. The staff at the centre have first-hand experience of incidents occurring at sea due to complacency and an unpreparedness for the unexpected.

5 Apr 2018

A master’s guide to fire safety on ferries.

This guide sets out to promote best practice in fire safety, to raise awareness of fire risks in general and fire risks on ferries in particular.