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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.
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).
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 Jan 2021
Article: Carriage of seed cake
Despite the recognised risks, there have been incidents in the past, some significant, resulting from seed cake being shipped without full appreciation of the requirements. This handout addresses the safe and correct carriage of seed cake cargo in bulk.
18 Jan 2021
Article: Container stack collapses – causes and solutions
This article aims to remind ships’ officers and crews of the various factors that can contribute to container stack collapses, and how they can be avoided by taking greater care and attention during loading, securing and passage planning and when underway at sea.
11 Jan 2021
News: Reminder as to the speed limit in the Parana River
Our listed correspondent in Argentina, Pandi Liquidadores SRL, has alerted us that last week the Argentinian Coast Guard commenced administrative enquiries against various vessels for breaching speed limits, mainly in the Rosario port area of the Parana River where the speed limit is currently 9 knots.
1 Jan 2021
Press Article: Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021
Safety4Sea asked Capt Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, to make an assessment of 2020 from his perspective and share his message for the new year across the global community.
1 Jan 2021
Article: Regulation Update 2020/21
This article provides an overview of some of the important international regulations that will enter into force in end-2020 and 2021, including the European Union (EU) requirement in relation to ship recycling.
1 Dec 2020
News: UK Chamber of Shipping - Bridge Resource Management Guidance Launch
Despite the many advances in technology, navigational incidents are unfortunately a regular and recurring theme in the shipping industry. To address these issues and to discuss potential solutions, Standard Club has worked closely with the UK Chamber of Shipping as part of a BRM Task Force.
1 Dec 2020
News: The Sea newspaper - Q4 2020
The 2020 quarter 4 edition of The Sea, which updates seafarers on the latest news and safety information, is now available.
17 Nov 2020
News: USCG guidance on Cyber Risk Management
Cyber risk management needs to be implemented in safety management systems (SMS) by the first International Safety Management (ISM) Document of Compliance (DOC) verification after 1 January 2021
11 Nov 2020
News: Wash Damage and Speed Regulation in Parana River
The Parana Coast Guard has established that, due to safety reasons, vessels shall navigate cautiously and reduce to the minimum speed compatible with the good steering whenever there are other vessels moored, manoeuvring or under lightering operations nearby berths and port terminals.
3 Nov 2020
Press Article: New guide to enclosed spaces
As part of its focus on delivering best practice advice on key areas of vessel operations, to help avert avoidable claims and prevent accidents/incidents at sea, Standard Club is releasing a series of updated and new “Master’s Guides”.
16 Oct 2020
News: Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) regulations in Argentina
As mentioned in the club’s previous news item on the Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) season (2020), there is an addition of Argentina in the list of countries that are known to regulate and inspect vessels for AGM.
9 Oct 2020
News: Standard Club acknowledges World Mental Health Day 2020
As we approach World Mental Health Day, we take this opportunity to highlight the importance of mental health education, awareness, and advocacy against social stigma. We share a round-up of our recent work focused on seafarer wellbeing.
1 Oct 2020
Press Article: Crew issues during the Covid-19 pandemic
Capt. Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, and Richard Stevens, , Divisional Claims Director, International division at Standard Club, are interviewed by Maritime China Magazine, discussing the crew issues during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.