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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...

Venezuela Sanctions - Designation of More Vessels & Owners

Further to our News Item of 11 April 2019 the United States has designated a further nine vessels and four owning companies for involvement in the carriage of petroleum cargoes from Venezuela to Cuba. A list of these...

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...

Tropical Cyclone Idai Almost Destroys Beira in Mozambique

Club Correspondents, P&I Associates, Durban, South Africa have provided information obtained from the managers / operators of Beira port on the situation in Beira Port as of 20th March 2019, as follows: “On the 14th...

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...

Senegal - Customs Fines in Dakar – Further Update

Further to previous notifications in April 2012 and April 2014, the Club continues to regularly receive notifications of customs fines being imposed. Most recently: A Chief Engineer erroneously...

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 - 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...

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