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“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...

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...

International Group of P&I Clubs Annual Review 2017/18

The International Group of P&I Clubs has published its Annual Review which provides an overview of the Group, key activities and areas of engagement. A PDF version of the Annual Review can be downloaded...

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...

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...

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,...

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