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Ken Norman

It is with much sadness that we must report the death of Ken Norman after a short illness. Ken joined the West of England in September 1950 at the age of 15 and went on to undertake many roles across a forty seven year...

West Africa - Bagged Cargo Shortages due to Pilferage

The Club continues to receive frequent shortage claims involving bagged food cargoes (rice and sugar are those most commonly affected) being discharged in West African ports. Food is attractive to pilferers as it can...

Seafarer Desertion - The Club's Experience

The Club has recently undertaken an analysis of claims involving seafarers who have deserted their vessel over the previous ten years. Although these types of claims are not common and nor are they particularly...

Cargo Securing for Roll Trailers (MAFIs)

The Club continues to receive claims in respect of cargo shifting due to inadequate securing where roll trailers have been used. This can either be inadequate securing of the load to the trailer or inadequate securing...

MLC - Updated International Group FAQs

The International Group has recently published some further revised FAQs on the Maritime Labour Convention (2006), reflecting the experiences that Clubs have encountered in dealing with MLC matters. A copy of the...

US Sanctions - Further Advisories on Syria & DPRK

Further to our News Item of 6 December 2018, OFAC has released two further advisory notices concerning sanctions against Syria and North Korea (DPRK). The Syria advisory once again warns in the strongest possible terms...

Preparations for Brexit

Being domiciled in Luxembourg, the Club will not be affected by Brexit in its operations with Members and brokers in the European Union. With regard to the UK, the Club, whose branch in London is registered under...

Fines in Takoradi for sewage pollution

In recent months the Club has seen several cases where fines have been imposed by the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) is respect of alleged pollution from waste waters discharged. In all cases such discharges were from...

California Ballast Water Management

California’s ballast water management regulations are codified in the Marine Invasive Species Act (“MISA”) which can be found within the California Public Resources Code (“PRC”) and title 2 California Code of...

West of England Reports Positive Renewals Result

The West of England has announced a positive renewal period with continued support being seen from new and existing Members and a modest increase in renewing premium. Owned mutual tonnage has grown over the year to 90m...

Vessel Detentions in Indonesia

We have been advised by Spica Services of a recent change of enforcement policy by the Indonesian Navy. The agreed delimitation of the territorial seas in the eastern part of the Strait of Singapore was signed in 2014...

Venezuelan Sanctions - New Webpage

In light of recent developments in sanctions against Venezuela - especially by the United States - the Club now has a dedicated webpage providing a comprehensive overview of the sanctions and how they might affect...

Sanctions Against Venezuela - Designation of PDVSA

On 25 January 2019 President Trump issued an Executive Order to the effect that Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) is included in the definition of “Government of Venezuela” as referred to in several Executive Orders...

Member Training Week 2019

We are pleased to announce that this year's Member Training Week will take place from 16 - 20 September 2019. Further details including how to apply will be provided in due course.

Russian Sanctions - Rusal - Removal from SDN List

Further to our News Item of 4 January 2019, as expected United Company Rusal, EN+ Group and JSC Eurosibenergo have all been removed from the U.S. SDN list. Both U.S. and non-U.S. persons are therefore now free to...

Continuing Impacts of United States Government Shutdown

The partial shutdown of the United States Government caused by conflicts over budgetary appropriations is continuing to impact the operations of federal institutions relevant to shipping, such as the United States Coast...

Turkey - Further Increase in Pollution Fines

Further to our recent News Item of 16 January 2019 regarding a significant increase in pollution fines in Turkey, correspondents Metropole Maritime have advised that the level of fines has been increased yet again by 23....

Appointments - Loss Prevention

The Club places great importance on the function of Loss Prevention both working within the Club, and most importantly in assisting Members. In order to bolster and enhance the Club’s Loss Prevention offering, we are...

“Betelgeuse” – 40th Anniversary of Loss

On the 8th January 1979 the entered tanker “Betelgeuse” was moored at Whiddy Island, Bantry Bay Ireland discharging a cargo of 114,000mt of crude oil when, at about 01:00hrs, she suddenly exploded. The explosion and...

Ship Handling Incidents at Low Speed

The Club has experienced two claims recently where, in separate incidents, a container vessel and a tanker inexplicably lost control whilst departing port under pilotage. One vessel subsequently made contact with an oil...

Christmas Charity Donation

West of England wishes you all a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year This year the Club has decided to make a charitable donation to the Mission to Seafarers in lieu of sending Christmas cards. Around the...

Group Reinsurance Rates 2019/2020

The arrangements for the renewal of the International Group General Excess of Loss (GXL) reinsurance contract and the Hydra reinsurance programme for 2019/20 have now been finalised. These include the Collective...

Russian Sanctions - Rusal - Fourth Extension

Further to our News Item of 13 November 2018, OFAC has again extended the wind-down period for parties to terminate their dealings with the major Russia aluminium trader Rusal until 21 January 2019. A Client Alert...

Syria Sanctions - US Advisory On Petroleum Shipments

OFAC has recently issued an advisory notice concerning the risks of carrying petroleum shipments to Syria. They warn in the strongest terms against the carriage and supply of such cargoes to the Syrian Government or any...

The use of Mobile / Smart Phones on the Bridge

In April 2011 the Club published a Loss Prevention Safety Alert addressing the “The Use of Mobile Phones and Handheld Data Devices” on the bridge of ships. The Club continues to see navigational incidents occurring...

Russian Sanctions - Rusal - Third Extension

Further to our News Item of 16 October 2018 regarding OFAC licences which allow parties a wind-down period to terminate their dealings with the major Russia aluminium trader Rusal, Members may wish to note...

Managers’ New London Office Location

After 25 years in the current building Tower Bridge Court, we are pleased to announce that the Managers will be moving to new offices during the first half of 2019 at: 1 Creechurch Place, EC3.   The Managers look...

Russian Sanctions – Rusal – Second Extension

Further to our News Item of 26 September 2018 regarding the issuance of two OFAC licences which allow parties a wind-down period to terminate their dealings with the major Russia aluminium trader Rusal, Members may wish...

Successful Member Training Week

The Managers were delighted to welcome twenty three delegates representing Members from all around the world to the Club’s inaugural Member Training Week recently. Held at the Club’s London offices, the programme saw a...

Russian Sanctions – Rusal - Further Extension

Further to our News Item of 25 April 2018 regarding the issuance of two OFAC licences which allow parties a wind-down period to terminate their dealings with the major Russia aluminium trader Rusal, Members may wish to...

Appointment - Underwriting

The West of England is pleased to announce the appointment of Graeme Daines who joins the Club, from the North of England, as a Senior Underwriter and who has over 30 years of underwriting experience. Graeme will start...

Cargo - Nickel Ore

The dangers associated with the carriage of nickel ore, due to the risk of liquefaction of the cargo on passage when the moisture content is higher than the cargo’s Flow Moisture Point (FMP), are well known. Following a...

Our Singapore office has moved to a new location

We are pleased to announce that our Singapore office has moved to a new location.   The address of our new office is: 77 Robinson RoadLevel 15-01, Robinson 77Singapore 068896Tel: +65 6416 4890 Click here for a map...

ITOPF - Available Services

ITOPF - the world’s pre-eminent source of expertise on the effective response to marine spills of oil, chemicals and other hazardous substances - has recently published details of the services which they can provide. A...

MLC - Updated International Group FAQs Published

The International Group has recently published some revised FAQs on the Maritime Labour Convention (2006). Reflecting the issues and experiences that Clubs have encountered in dealing with MLC matters, the FAQs are...

Iran - Re-imposition of US Secondary Sanctions

Further to the U.S. decision announced in May to withdraw from the JCPOA with Iran and re-impose secondary sanctions, President Trump issued an Executive Order on 6 August 2018 which essentially re-imposes the secondary...

Australia - Increased Fines for Polluters

In 2012 the Club advised Members of changes to legislation in Australia which both increased fines for pollution from ships and allowed for these fines to be imposed on charterers as well as shipowners. The...

New Zealand – Biofouling Regulatory Requirements

Compliance with the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) “Biofouling on Vessel Arriving to New Zealand - Craft Risk Management Standard (CRMS)” became mandatory on 15th May 2018, which requires all vessels arriving in...

United States - VRP Compliance Issues

The Club is grateful to Gallagher Marine Systems for advice on two compliance issues which may affect ships trading to the United States. Firstly, the Alternative Compliance Procedure (APC) schemes operated in Alaska by...

Asian Gypsy Moth

Introduction The Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) is a highly destructive forest pest that feeds on both deciduous and coniferous trees. The voracious appetite of AGM larvae (caterpillars) coupled with the ability of the female...

No.4 2018/2019 - Annual General Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of the Members of The West of England Ship Owners Mutual Insurance Association (Luxembourg) will be held at the headquarter of the Association, 31 Grand Rue, L-1661...

Member Training Week

The Club is pleased to announce that its inaugural Member training week will take place between 17 and 21 September 2018. Intended to be for our Members and aimed at junior staff, the week will comprise a mixture of...

Appointment - Underwriting

The West of England is pleased to announce the appointment of Greg Franklin who joins the Club as an Underwriter. Greg will support our existing underwriting teams in Europe and the Americas and will start with the...

Iran Sanctions – United States Exits JCPOA

President Trump announced on 8 May 2018 that the United States will terminate its participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that was agreed with Iran in July 2015 and will re-impose the sanctions...

China – Fines For Not Having Valid SPRO Agreement

It has of course been a requirement since 2012 for certain vessels to pre-contract with a Ship Pollution Response Organisation (or “SPRO”) before entering Chinese ports. The International Group has published various...

Russia: Increased sanctions - Update

On 6th April OFAC and the State Department added 7 Russian oligarchs to the list of SDNs together with 12 companies which they control, and 17 senior Russian officials. While US persons are prohibited from engaging in...

Club Selects Standard & Poor's

The Board has taken the decision to withdraw from the AM Best interactive rating process following a review of the market practice and the costs and benefits of maintaining two interactive ratings. The...

North Korea – Enforcement of Sanctions

As reported in our News Item of 26 September 2017, significant new sanctions against North Korea were unanimously agreed by the United Nations Security Council in August and September of 2017. Efforts to enforce those...

Indian Admiralty Bill - Important Update

On 24 July 2017, the Upper House of the Parliament of India passed the Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2017. The President of India has given assent to the Bill. The Bill is now the...

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