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Sanctions against Sudan

Both the EU and the US have sanctions in place against Sudan, though the US programme is more comprehensive and prevents US persons (including US banks) from being able to transact business related to Sudan. However, in...

Group Reinsurance Rates 2017/2018

The arrangements for the renewal of the International Group General Excess of Loss (GXL) reinsurance contract and the Hydra reinsurance programmes for 2017/18 have now been finalized. These include the Collective...

A.M. Best

The Club’s Financial Strength Rating with rating agency A.M. Best has been affirmed at A- (Excellent) with a stable outlook.

SOLAS - Amendments to the IMDG Code (Amendment 38-16)

In May 2016 IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee adopted the amendments to the IMDG Code contained in Resolution MSC.406(96) Amendments to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code. Contracting governments may...

Singapore - New Bunkering Procedure

Following a number of reported incidents concerning allegations of short delivery of residual fuel oil in Singapore, as detailed in our Loss Prevention Bulletin: Bunker Disputes – The “Cappuccino Effect”, the Maritime...

Large Casualty Working Group 2016 Review Update

Members may recall that following the experience in policy year 2011 of both the “RENA” and “COSTA CONCORDIA” casualties, the International Group established a Working Group to review both those casualties and a number...

UK to Enact New Limits Under 1996 Protocol to LLMC 1976

In our News Item of 4 June 2015 we reported that the increases to the limits of liability set out in the 1996 Protocol to the LLMC 1976 agreed at IMO would enter into force on 8 June 2015. The implementation of these...

Cuba Sanctions – Latest Developments

The United States has long maintained sanctions against Cuba and which included a ban on vessels calling in US waters for 180 days after having traded to Cuba. It was recently announced that this prohibition has been...

Ukraine - Fines for Dirty Ballast Water – Updated

Further to our previous new article concerning the access rights of ecological inspectors to vessels fitted with segregated ballast tanks, we have been advised by Club correspondents Dias Marine Consulting PC, Odessa...

Mid-Year Review 2016

Following publication of Notice to Members No.16 2016/2017 Class 1 and Class 2 Policy Year Balances and Mid-Year Financial Update you can read our Mid-Year Review 2016 by clicking on: West of England Mid-Year Review...

Social Networking - Twitter

The West of England now has an active Twitter account providing our Members and everyone connected with the Club another popular way to get updates about the Club together with other industry related...

Contamination with GMO Cargo – What can be Done?

Instances of cargoes of agricultural products being rejected due to the presence of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) are on the increase. Problems for the carrier may arise due to traces of GMO crops being found in...

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