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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...

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