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Club Warns

Protection from Unpaid Bunker Claims

GT North of England P&I club has warned its shipowner members to protect themselves from the increasing risk of claims for charterers’ unpaid bunkers. The advice comes in the latest issue of the club’s loss-prevention newsletter Signals. According to Mark Robinson of the club’s freight, demurrage and defence department, “The recent downturn in the shipping markets and the world economy has unfortunately led to some charterers going out of business. One consequence is that a number of bunker suppliers, who contracted with these charterers to supply fuel to time-chartered ships, have been left unpaid – and they are now turning their attention to the ships’ owners.” North said that even though the obligation to provide and pay for fuel under a time charterer rests with the defaulting charterer, and that the owner is not a party to the bunker supply contract, owners and their ships are vulnerable to action in many jurisdictions. “A notable example is the USA, where a supplier of ‘necessaries’ to a ship, which includes bunkers, may have a lien over the ship itself and therefore the ability to take action against the owner to recover the charterer’s debt,” said Robinson. Furthermore the club warns owners they cannot assume they are protected by charterparties such as NYPE, which contain provisions specifically prohibiting charterers from creating liens over their ships.

P&I Club Warns of Using Crew in Unfamiliar Roles

The North of England P&I club says that unfamiliar tasks imposed on ships' crews are leading to more personal-injury accidents occurring on board. In the latest issue of its loss-prevention newsletter 'Signals', the 50 million GT club says that additional duties - particularly those on deck - are being carried out by inadequately trained crewmembers from places such as the galley and the engine room. 'We have experienced a number of recent cases in which members of both the catering

London Club achieves premium income targets

THE London P&I Club achieved its premium income targets during the renewal negotiations completed on February 20 this year. It now has a total fleet entry of more than 30 million gross tons, covering all categories of membership. Major new entries in the Club included fourteen bulk carriers operated by Petros Pappas' Sentinel Marine Services in Greece. Also, existing members - including the Schuldt Group, V Ships, Cosco Hong Kong, and MISC - entered

Technology Can Cause Costly Distractions

THE London P&I Club has warned that improvements in telecommunications technology on board ships can create unwelcome distractions, leading to casualties.  In its StopLoss Bulletin, the club notes that an alleged causative factor in a recent pollution incident involved the duty officer attempting to make a Skype call on his laptop during his watch. A VDR playback revealed that the officer of the watch (OOW) was listening to a news bulletin from his home country which was being

North P&I Club Warns of Poor Newbuild Construction

The North P&I club has warned its members to check their new ships very carefully before accepting delivery. The club said in the latest issue of its loss prevention newsletter Signals that it has become aware of several of instances of potentially dangerous poor construction in the newbuilding market. Tony Baker, head of North's loss prevention department, said, “We have been made aware of instances recently where newly constructed bulk carriers and general cargo ships have been

TT Club Warns Baltic Ports to Protect Against Reputational Damage

Andrew Huxley (Photo courtesy of TT Club)

Speaking during Baltic Transport Week in Gdansk this week Andrew Huxley, Development Director at freight transport insurance specialist TT Club, warned port and terminal operators to be aware of the reputational damage that can be a serious consequence of uninsured incidents resulting from avoidable risks. It is estimated that for every unit cost incurred in insurance claims it can cost between eight and thirty-six times that amount in direct and indirect uninsured losses for the business

TT Club Urges Quay Crane Anti-Collision Systems

The TT Club is urging container terminal operators to fit electronic sensor devices to quay crane booms to prevent them accidentally colliding with vessels during loading and unloading operations in port. The TT Club says that crane booms colliding with the structure or equipment of a ship is an all-to-common occurrence at almost every port around the world, causing serious injuries to workers and costly repairs and operational downtime.

London Club Warns of Over-Reliance on GPS

The London P&I Club said a recent casualty involving a containership serves as a timely reminder of the consequences of failing to check navigation charts for information about corrections that need to be applied to satellite-derived positions.   In the latest issue of its StopLoss Bulletin, the Club refers to an incident in which a containership grounded as a result of total reliance on GPS, coupled with a failure to recognise that a significant correction had to be applied to GPS

Ensuring There are No Hiding Places for Stowaways


The problem of stowaways hiding in a ship’s rudder stock recess, especially at African ports, still persists, the American Club has warned its members. They are urged to take proper precautions to prevent stowaways from boarding and hiding themselves in this manner. The club first alerted its members to this practice in April 2004.   The cunning stowaways wait in port areas until after dark and then swim to the rudder stock, climb it and hide inside the recess

Calais Crisis Presents Liability Issues, TT Club Warns

As the political and humanitarian situation in Calais continues to unfold, the specialist freight transport insurer, TT Club provides a perspective on the implications for the freight and haulage industry and steps which operators can take to avoid heavy penalties from being caught carrying illegal immigrants. While focused on the current situation in Calais, the precautionary measures recommended are generally relevant.  

Need to Monitory Coal from Indonesia - UK P&I

Indonesia coal mining Photo Adani- Indonesia

  There are various hazards associated with the trade in coal. UK P&I Club’s Loss Prevention Team highlights the risks involved, and advises on the relevant actions to take in order to reduce accidents.   Self-heating incidents involving coal cargoes loaded at Indonesian

S&P Raises Steamship Mutual outlook to Positive

Pic Credit Steamship Mutual

  Poor’s has revised its outlook on Steamship Mutual to Positive from Stable. The A- financial strength rating has been reaffirmed. In their announcement Standard & Poor’s note: • the Club’s risk-based capital is expected to remain extremely strong;

Sandra Weakens to Tropical Storm off Mexico's Coast

Sandra Image credit NASAGSFC.

  Hurricane Sandra weakened to a tropical storm on Friday and was expected to continue losing strength as it approached Mexico's Pacific coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Sandra, about 215 miles (346 km) southwest of the Pacific port of Mazatlan on Friday evening

Rocket Debris Found Near Isles of Scilly

Photo: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

A piece of metal thought to be debris from an American space rocket was recovered from the sea off the Isles of Scilly.   The metal – a large section of alloy about 10 meters by 4 meters, was spotted on the surface between Bryher and Tresco and reported to the UK Coastguard November 26

Hyundai and Hanjin Deny Merger Talk

Pic: Hanjin

 While merger talks between South Korean shipping companies Hanjin and Hyundai Merchant Marine lines hit the newspapers, the latter has refuted rumors that the government asked the carrier to merge with the former.   HMM said, "With regards to the report in Korea Economic News

Maersk Lays-Up Triple-E

Pic: Maersk Line

 Maersk Line has laid-up one of its 18,000-teu Triple E containerships.  It cannot rule out that it will have to anchor another of its massive Triple E ships in connection with the Chinese New Year.   The Danish carrier will anchor Triple- E 18

Norovirus’ Implications for Shipowners

Allegations of illnesses caused by being on board a ship can lead to significant costs for shipowners. UK P&I Club Senior Claims Executive Victoria Brown reviews shipowners’ liabilities and the implications of a recent court case on future claims.

Hapag-Lloyd IPO Expected to Price at $22 a Share

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

German shipping group Hapag-Lloyd is likely to price its initial public offering at the low end of a revised range of 20-22 euros ($22.08-$24.29) a share, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday. "It's no easy thing," the person said

Indonesia Tops in Piracy and Armed Robbery

The main ship-types affected. Graphics by The Standard Club

 The IMB cautions against complacency in its latest report on piracy and armed robbery which covers the period from 1 January 2015 to 30 September 2015, says The Standard Club.   190 incidents have been reported to the IMB in 2015

Lack of Proper Management Systems Cause Engine Damage

Main Engine Damage. Photo by The Swedish Club

 A new report from The Swedish Club shows that incorrect maintenance and repair continues to be the most frequent cause of main engine damage – a trend which has continued unabated since the Club began monitoring the issue nearly ten years ago.    

New Thunderstorm Detector for the Offshore Sector

File photo: Jan Berghuis

Thunderstorms often play a significant part in disrupting offshore operations, especially when conducting personnel transportation by helicopter. And it is not just the threat of lightning, but also the dangerous wind-shear and icing events which can take place in a cumulonimbus cloud that can

BIMCO Declares Winners of Its 2015 Awards

Declaring BIMCO Awards

Last night in Hamburg, BIMCO President Philippe Louis-Dreyfus chose to give public recognition to all seafarers who have been – and still are – involved in rescuing people in distress at sea. Mr. Louis-Dreyfus awarded the BIMCO President’s Award to Columbia Shipmanagement

Philippines Warns China: World is Watching You

President Benigno S. Aquino III joins fellow world leaders for the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic APEC Leaders Meeting. Photo by Philippines Govt

 China came under renewed criticism over its rising profile in the South China Sea at Asia-Pacific summit when Philippines  President Benigno Aquino III  warned China that “the world is watching” you, reports Reuters.  

American Club Announces 2.5% Increase

Joe Hughes (Photo: American Club)

At its meeting in New York on November 20, the American Club’s board resolved to levy a general premium increase of 2.5 percent for P&I cover, but no increase in the cost of FD and D for the 2016 policy year. The club’s board also reviewed release call requirements for open policy

North Group Increases Projected Free Reserve

Directors of the North P&I Club and Sunderland Marine Insurance Company (North Group) have revised their projection for the group’s year-end free reserve up to $380 million, an increase of 12 percent on last year and $20 million more than estimated at the half-year point.

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