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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

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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


Dockworkers' Strikes Can be Mitigated by Mutual Insurance

News that a recent longshoremen’s strike had effectively stopped cargo operations at the port of Baltimore, a major hub for foreign car imports into the US, underlined the Strike Club’s latest warning that strikes by stevedores continue to dominate the list of perils causing delays. The mutual insurer says that a recent analysis of its claims files shows that, in the 2012-2013 policy year, strikes accounted for 16.8% of claims, followed by collision (14


Libya Warns EU Over Migrant Ops Plan

Forces from Libya's internationally recognised government have warned European countries that any vessels entering Libyan waters without permission would be targeted by air strikes. The warning came after European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to launch a naval operation to combat


Striking French Ferry Workers Shut Channel Tunnel, Blockade Calais Port

Traffic was halted through the Channel Tunnel linking Britain and France on Tuesday after striking French ferry workers set fire to tires, while Britain's Foreign Office warned of migrants trying to get into vehicles queuing to enter the tunnel.


US Senate Panel Approves Bill to Monitor Port Performance

A divided Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday approved legislation requiring the government to report on the performance of major U.S. port operations, including during labor contract talks.   The voice vote, which follows a nine-month slowdown at 29 West Coast ports


Bergen Shetland Race Yachts at Lerwick

Yachting at Lerwick

  The yacht Serenity, skippered by Fridtjov Bergmann, proudly flies the Bergen Shetland Blue Ribbon as first to finish this year’s race across the North Sea from Norway. He later received Lerwick Port Authority's trophy for first yacht over the line, at 20:56 hours on Thursday


MPT Launches Maritime Scholarship

Ted Morley (Photo: MPT)

Annual Maritime Professional Training scholarship program to provide local Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County youth with opportunity to explore career in the professional maritime sector; grant to cover all necessary funding and associated costs for recipients to pursue their studies


China Builds-up Naval Power

Map: CIA

 China has outlined a first ever "white paper" on military strategy that outlined a more robust posture for its blue-water navy, and warned of threats to its security from "still smouldering" boundary disputes over land.  


Norwegian Hull Club CEO Stepping Down

John Wiik (Photo: Norwegian Hull Club)

John Wiik to step down as CEO of Norwegian Hull Club, passing the reins to Faz Peermohamed   The Norwegian Hull Club announced that John Wiik will step down as CEO on January 1, 2016.   Filling Wiik's role will be Faz Peermohamed, the club announced


Navatek, NEB Launch Sea Blade 35

The Sea Blade 35 is put through its paces on Narragansett Bay, May 29, 2015 (NavatekNEB photo).

  Navatek, the naval research and design company based in Hawaii and Rhode Island, and NEB, a leading builder of high-tech composite and aluminum boats based in Portsmouth, R.I., announce the launching of the Sea Blade 35, a 35-foot rigid hull inflatable boat (RIB) with a top speed of 60


Hurricane Blanca Weakens off Mexico, Still Headed for Resorts

Hurricane Blanca Photo NOAA

  Hurricane Blanca weakened to a category 1 storm on Friday but is still expected to hit Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Blanca, the second hurricane to form off Mexico's Pacific coast this year


No more: Italy Refused to Take More Mediterranean Migrants

Mediterranean migrants. Photo: The Respect Party

 Italian politicians based in the north vowed not to shelter any more migrants saved at sea, even as thousands more were being rescued in the Mediterranean from smugglers' boats in distress, reports AP.   All of those rescued will be deposited at ports on Sicily or elsewhere in


UK Defense Club Reports Strengthened Financial Position

The UK Defence Club, the provider of FD&D (legal costs) insurance to the maritime industry, announced its financial results for the year ending February 20, 2015.   According to the club, highlights include 3,700 ships covered, total assets of £56


China Probes Executives of CSIC, COSCO

Chinas first built 300,000 dwt VLCC. Pic by China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation

 China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) and China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco) are being probed in China’s national anti-corruption scheme, according to a report in the Reuters.   The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) has not named any company


TT Club Calls for ‘Utmost Good Faith’ in the Container Supply Chain

Kevin King (Photo: TT Club)

TT Club has long championed a variety of measures designed to increase safety throughout the container supply chain.  In Rotterdam last week, Kevin King, the Club’s Regional Director EMEA took the opportunity to address an audience of container operators


Call for Increased VDR Testing Awareness

Ian Barr (Photo: London P&I Club)

The London P&I Club has called for greater familiarization by ships’ officers and crews with the testing requirements relating to Voyage Data Recorders after two recent claims incidents investigated by the club’s loss prevention team revealed VDR malfunctions.


American Club: Solid Progress despite Challenging Market

Joe Hughes (Photo: American Club)

International P&I insurer continues positive trend into 2015   The American Club reported solid progress during 2014 at the annual meeting of its members held in New York today. Despite a challenging economic climate, the club’s business had developed favorably






 
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