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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


Shipowners Caught in the Middle of Free Trade Battle

Photo: Danish Shipowners’ Association

 Protectionism and long hauled free trade negotiations can be an expensive battle for the Danish shipowners, if the market outside the European Union are not included in free trade negotiations.   The Danish Shipowners’ Association hosted a verbal rumble between the Danish Social


New Training Program on Near-miss Reports

Photo: Videotel

Videotel, a KVH company, has launched a new training program, “Report a Near-Miss, Save a Life”, in association with The Standard Club, a protection and indemnity (P&I) club, which insures ship owners, operators, and charterers for their liabilities to third parties.


Shipowners’ Club Pact with Yachtpod Risk Partners

Photo:  The Shipowners Club

 Yachtowners, the specialist yacht syndicate of The Shipowners’ P&I Club, today announces that it has entered into a partnership with newly established super yacht specialists Yachtpod Risk Partners (Yachtpod). Yachtowners, the specialist yacht syndicate of The Shipowners’


Indian Navy Fires Brahmos Land Attack Supersonic Cruise Missile

File photo: BrahMos Aerospace stall By Indian Navy

 Indian Navy successfully undertook the firing of BrahMos Land Attack Supersonic Cruise Missile from a ship on 21 April 2017.    This variant of Long Range BrahMos Missile was fired from Indian Naval Ship Teg, a Guided Missile Frigate, on a target on land.   


American Hellenic Insures 1,000 Vessels

Photo: American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company

 American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company (AHHIC) has already provided cover for 1,000 vessels managed from Europe, the Americas and Asia, said said Vincent Solarino, Chairman of the Board of Directors of AHHIC and President and COO of Shipowners Claims Bureau, managers of the American Club.


Benchmarking Against Peers Upheld Among BCOs

Image: World Shipping Council

 International transport and logistics executives are increasingly benchmarking their companies’ costs and supplier terms in ocean transport contracts, according to data gathered by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors.   In the past 6 months


COSCO Secures Finance Pledge from CDB

COSCO Shipping Corporation said policy lender China Development Bank has pledged to provide it with 180 billion yuan ($26 billion) in financing in the years through 2021 to support the Chinese shipping giant's business development.   Cosco Shipping said in a statement on its website late on


China Adds More Ports to Its Low Sulphur ECAs

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China has expanded its Emission Control Area (ECA) regulations to include ships berthing at six additional ports, bringing the total number of key ports in the country’s ECA to 11.   With the new rules, effective from January 1, 2017


Skuld Hires Cargo and Marine Property Head

Paul Knighton. Photo: TT Club

 Marine insurance provider Skuld announces the appointment of Paul Knighton as global head of marine cargo and marine property. He will join Skuld Syndicate 1897 in the summer.   Knighton will enhance Skuld’s well-established marine cargo and marine property portfolio by building


ASL Marine gets approval to delay redeeming $105m bonds

Headquartered and listed in Singapore since 17 March 2003, ASL Marine owns and operates shipyards in Singapore, Batam (Indonesia) and Guangdong (China) Photo ASL Marine

· ASL Marine received noteholders’ approval to extend the maturity dates of its S$100 million and S$50 million notes originally due in March 2017 and October 2018 respectively for three years each · One major condition for ASL Marine to drawdown up to S$99


Hong Kong to Release Singapore's Seized Troop Carriers

Hong Kong is to release armoured vehicles belonging to Singapore impounded in the Chinese-ruled city on their way home from military exercises in Taiwan, Singapore said on Tuesday.   Hong Kong customs seized the troop carriers in November


Finalists of Mersey Maritime Industry Awards Announced

Chris Shirling Rooke Photo Mersey Maritime

The finalists of the 2017 Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs) have been announced. The winners will be revealed at a prestigious black tie dinner that will have a Ministerial presence and promises to bring together the best of the maritime industry right across the Maritime


Viking XPRS Returns to Helsinki-Tallinn Route

M/S Viking XPRS. Photo: Viking Line

 Finnish ferry company Viking Line  continues to modernise its vessels. The M/S Viking XPRS, which has just undergone dry-docking, has been back sailing its usual Helsinki–Tallinn route starting on February 1.    Passengers on the renovated vessel can now look forward


North P&I Club Guidelines on Minimising Risk from Ro-Ro fires

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North P&I Club has published a new loss prevention briefing on how to prevent, detect and fight fires on roll-on-roll-off (ro-ro) vessels and car carriers. Such vessels are twice as likely to catch fire as other ships and vehicle-deck fires are notoriously difficult to contain and put out.


Seadrill Could Be Heading for Bankruptcy

Photo: Seadrill Limited

The oil rig owner SeaDrill could be forced into bankruptcy protection soon, if it fails to reach a restructuring agreement with its lenders, reports Reuters.   The rig firm, controlled by John Fredriksen, is battling with $14 billion in debt and liabilities.  






 
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