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The latest News updates from the Club

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 - Update

Further to our News Item of 30 January 2019, there has been some clarification from OFAC on the recently-implemented General Licences and Executive Orders by way of FAQs which can be found by clicking here. It is now...

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...

Turkey - Significant Increase in Pollution Fines Announced

Pollution fines in Turkey have been subject to a regular annual increase for a number of years, but in the latest round which entered into force in December 2018 very significant increases have been levied. In addition,...

“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...

Taiwan - Early Implementation of the MARPOL Sulphur Cap

Club Correspondents Pro-Marine Law Office, Taipei, have advised of the publication of further guidance concerning the early Implementation of the MARPOL sulphur cap in Taiwanese ports from 1st January 2019. The...

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...

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