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The latest News updates from the Club

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...

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...

Listeriosis Outbreak in South Africa

A unique strain of listeria has caused the world’s largest documented listeriosis outbreak, with over 550 cases reported since the start of 2017. The condition affects pregnant women or those with weaker immune...

UAE – Implementation of Certain MLC Provisions

Although the UAE has not ratified the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (“MLC”), a circular from the Federal Transport Authority (“FTA”) issued on 20th February 2018 requires all ships over 200 GT flying the UAE flag and...

Renewals 2018/2019

The West of England has had another successful renewal and thanks the Members and their brokers for their continued support during the last 12 months. Whilst maintaining our usual disciplined approach to underwriting,...

New Underwriting Guide - Geographical Deviation

A carrier has an obligation under a contract of carriage to proceed on a particular voyage from the place of delivery to the final port of discharge without any unreasonable geographical deviation from that route and...

New Basis of Charging Calls for Policy Year 2018 Onwards

The Club is changing its calling basis, so that rather than charging its estimated total mutual call (known as“ETC”) as an advance call plus an additional call, the ETC will be charged simply as a total mutual call....

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