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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...

Fixed and Floating Object Incidents whilst under Pilotage

Introduction For many years the number of Fixed and Floating Object (FFO) claims notified to the Club remained fairly constant, as did the resulting claims, however, in the past couple of years, although the total...

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...

Ukraine - Fines for Dirty Ballast Water - Further Update

The Club has published a number of articles previously on the situation in the Ukraine regarding access to vessels for ecological inspectors to check certification and take samples of segregated ballast water for...

Canada - North Atlantic Right Whale - Gulf of St. Lawrence

Speed restriction measures to protect North Atlantic right whales from the risk of being struck by vessels on passage have been in place in certain areas off the east coast of the United States for many years. Due to...

Bangladesh - Continuing Problems at Chittagong Anchorage

The Club continues to see claims arising due to collisions between vessels underway and at anchor within the Chittagong anchorage area, with 50 such claims involving entered vessels recorded since 2013. Members with...

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...

Iran Sanctions – Wind-Down Periods Post 8 May 2018

We refer to our News Item of 9 May 2018 on Iran Sanctions.  While the dates of reimposition of sanctions are clear - 6 August for the trade of certain products such as raw and semi-finished metals,...

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...

Russia – Increased Sanctions – Rusal - New Contracts

It was reported in our News Item of 25 April 2018 that OFAC had issued two new licences which in effect gave parties until 23 October 2018 to wind down their activities and contractual commitments with Rusal. Our U.S....

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...

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