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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Shipowners-Ensure Third-Party Guarantees Are Watertight

The club says one of the most common reasons for guarantees being avoided is that they have not been signed by the guarantor or someone lawfully authorized by the guarantor. There must also be consideration for a guarantee to be legally binding. Usually this is a promise by the owner to enter into the charterparty, but if the guarantee is given after concluding the charterparty the consideration is past and no longer valid. Guarantors may also avoid their obligations if they have not seen the full and final terms of the charterparty before signing the guarantee, or if they have not consented in writing to any subsequent amendments. Finally…

London Club Warns Against Inflated Claims, Legal Delays

THE London P&I Club has warned that shipowners face a significant increase in exposure to claims and fines levied against them in jurisdictions which suffer from a combination of high interest rates and a reputation for protracted legal proceedings. In the latest issue of its StopLoss Bulletin, the club notes, “Brazil provides a good example of such a jurisdiction. The prevailing interest rate is in the region of 12 per cent per annum, in addition to which the courts apply a further variable uplift to take into account the effects of inflation, which can be as much as 6 per cent.

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. 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.

London Club warning on vessel arrests in Egypt

The London P&I Club has warned its members about a spate of vessel arrests in Egypt, and in particular the port of Suez, in respect of claims for unsettled invoices in respect of supplies and/or services which have supposedly been provided to vessels. Writing in the latest issue of its StopLoss Bulletin, the Club says that, although suppliers have submitted false invoices with apparently authentic signatures of ship's staff and the ship's stamp, in most instances the master has been unable to explain how these have been affixed to the invoice. In other cases, invoices have been completely forged. Suppliers and their lawyers have also ordered the arrest of vessels as security in some instances.

London Club warns on thefts in Antwerp

The London P&I Club has warned its members to be particularly vigilant while their vessels are in the port of Antwerp, following recent reports of a spate of robberies. Although Antwerp port and police officials claim that reports of the robberies have been greatly exaggerated, they are currently monitoring the harbor area at regular nightly intervals. In the latest edition of its StopLoss Bulletin, the London Club notes that there have been about fifteen prosecutions for theft on board ships at Antwerp in the past twelve months. The Club urges masters and crew to take special care not to unwittingly provide opportunities to would-be thieves…

London Club Warns about Dangers of Working Aloft

inherent in the practice of working aloft on board ship. deaths which have occurred on board members' vessels. refrigerated containers. considerable time. Eventually, he was presumed lost overboard. to the deck below. crew member. ship's rail, cannot be emphasised strongly enough. are working, and what they are doing. protecting their position.

London P&I Club Warns About Increase at Vietnamese Ports

agricultural products at ports in Vietnam. quantities on behalf of local receivers. cargo operations. of rainfall during discharge due to delay in closing vessel hatchcovers. closure of the hatchcovers becomes necessary. position in relation to cargo outturn figures and condition.

London Club Warning on Enclosed Spaces

The London P&I Club has warned of the potential dangers faced by seafarers on entering enclosed onboard spaces, in the event that proper safety procedures are not followed. IMO recommends that a competent person should undertake a preliminary assessment of the risk that the atmosphere might be toxic, flammable or oxygen-deficient. And, writing in the latest issue of its StopLoss Bulletin, the Club says, “The need for such measures has again been underlined by a recent case in which the responsible officer undertook a risk assessment prior to entry into a large chain locker, and concluded that there was no significant risk involving toxic or flammable vapours or gases.

BIG DATA & Maritime: The Downside

Tony Baker, Loss Prevention Director

There is no question that the era of "Big Data" -- and all that those two words encompass -- will be transformational in the maritime market for the coming generation. There is no stopping the data trend, and today's generation demands it from a social aspect and needs it to be efficient in business operation. While the upside to big data has been recorded often, the North P&I Club has warned its members that despite the enormous benefits of digital technology on and around ships, there may also be some downsides.

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 and the engineering departments have been working on deck, only to suffer serious accidents with tragic consequences,' says the club's loss prevention executive Tony Baker.

Stowaways Choose to Hide Between a Rock & a Hard Place

The American P&I Club warns again that stowaways continue to hide in the ship's rudder stock recess. The P&I Club advise its members that stowaways wait in port areas until after dark and then swim to the rudder stock, climbing it and hiding inside the recess. Having gained access to an external area of the vessel, they cannot then be easily found by the ship’s crew. It has been observed that most of these vessels come from Africa in ballast and, for that reason, the rudder stock recess stays above water. However, as the vessel rolls and pitches, the stowaways are exposed to the sea. Members are advised to take all necessary measures as part of the Ship Security Plan (SSP) in accordance with the International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code compliance requirements.

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 involved*.

P&I Club Warns of Shipping Claims Increase

Ship owners, operators and their P&I clubs face ever-increasing claims over the next few years, according to the 45 million GT North of England P&I club. Growth in the freight market, a raft of new and revised liability conventions and weakness of the dollar are exposing the industry to greater financial risk and continuing hikes in P&I insurance. According to joint managing director Rodney Eccleston, “Both the value and number of cargo claims have soared in recent months due to unprecedented freight rates, sometimes exceeding cargo values, and because ships and crews are working flat out. The A-rated club says P&I claims values are also increasing due to weakness of the US dollar, which has fallen substantially against most major currencies recently.

Magnitude 7.9 Quake off Alaska Prompts Tsunami Warning

Image: The U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center

A magnitude 7.9 earthquake hit the Gulf of Alaska in the early hours of Tuesday, prompting warnings of a possible tsunami down the Canadian and U.S. west coast and as far away as Hawaii. Local radio on the Alaskan island of Kodiak, close to the epicenter, urged listeners to move away from coastal areas. "This is a tsunami warning. this is not a drill. Please get out to higher ground," said the announcer on KMXT public radio. "If you are on the flats, get up on one of the hills ... There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

Update: Alaska, Canada Tsunami Alerts Lifted

Image: USGS

Alaska and parts of western Canada braced for a possible tsunami on Tuesday after a magnitude-7.9 earthquake struck the Gulf of Alaska, sparking evacuations in coastal Alaska and a tsunami warning for California that was later lifted. In Alaska, people packed into high schools and other evacuation centers after the quake hit shortly after midnight local time (0900 GMT). Officials had warned residents as far south as San Francisco to be ready to evacuate coastal areas but by 5:15 a.m. PST (1315 GMT) the U.S.

P&I Club Warns: Failure to Comply with SOLAS Amendment

Courtesy UK P&I

The SOLAS amendment coming into force on 1st July 2016 requires, as a condition for loading a packed container onto a ship for export, that the container has a verified gross mass (‘VGM’). As from 1st July 2016, it would be a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container onto a ship if the ship operator and marine terminal operator do not have the VGM of the container. All 163 Signatory States to SOLAS will need to implement this SOLAS amendment through their national legislation.

NORTH P&I CLUB Publishes Guidance On Sanctions For Shipowners

The ‘A’ rated, 150 million GT North of England P&I club has published new guidance for shipowners on how to avoid being caught out by the increasingly complex ‘patchwork’ of international trade sanctions currently in force worldwide. Writing in the club’s newsletter ‘Signals’, head of loss prevention Tony Baker says, ‘Trade sanctions are at the forefront of modern diplomacy and can be imposed by individual countries or supranational bodies such as the UN and EU. Baker says sanctions are a particular problem for shipowners…

Is No Guarantee of Future Performance, Says North of England

Shipowners were warned in Greece on December 15 that the increasing financial transparency of P&I clubs was no guarantee of their future financial performance. The warning from the 45 million GT North of England P&I club was given at the Piraeus Marine Club's prestigious annual P&I seminar. North of England director Mike Salthouse, formerly head of the club's Piraeus office, told delegates: 'It has never been easier to monitor a P&I club's financial performance. He said sophisticated regulatory controls, the International Group's comprehensive disclosure requirements and the constant probing by ratings agencies and brokers meant it was very difficult for a P&I club to mislead its members or the industry, either inadvertently or intentionally.

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 streamed through a laptop computer. The officer appears to have missed a radar target and a VHF warning call while listening to the breaking news from home. The club says…

North of England Warns Shipowners to Keep Close Watch on Surveys

The North of England P&I club has warned its members to keep a closer watch on draught surveys to avoid costly cargo shortage claims. According to Tony Baker, head of North of England’s loss-prevention department, ‘We have recently witnessed a number of incidents where draught surveys have been manipulated to show short delivery of bulk cargoes. In the latest issue of its loss-prevention newsletter Signals, the club says masters in some regions are being asked to stamp and sign initial draught figures in such a way that allows a third party to falsify final draught results. ‘Subsequent allegations of shortage are then difficult to defend as they are supported by a signed and stamped draught survey…

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. The club reports that ships are being delivered with cargo hold access ladders, platforms and their cages constructed and secured to the bulkheads only by tack welds, rather than being fully welded. “When subject to a load or any other applied stress, such as vessel movement, the tack welds have failed and resulted in an unsafe access to and from the cargo hold. In addition to accidents North warns that defects can also result in costly delays and port state control problems.

London Club achieves premium income targets

negotiations completed on February 20 this year. membership. Petros Pappas' Sentinel Marine Services in Greece. additional vessels with the Club. tonnage which did not meet its stringent quality requirements. expansion and strategic investment. the International Group of P&I Clubs. increases in premium income this year. been achieved in recent years".

Disciplined Underwriting Increases UK P&I Club Free Reserves

The UK P&I Club, one of the largest and oldest providers of mutual liability insurance to ship owners, announced its financial results for the year ended February 20, 2013. Dino Caroussis, Chairman of the UK P&I Club, said, “In the year under review, the Club has strengthened financially, increasing its free reserves and capital to $494 million, a new high. Further, in evidence that the Club's strategy of disciplined underwriting is being recognized as achieving results, S&P has upgraded the Club to A- (positive outlook). “This last renewal season was one of our strongest in recent years, with mutual owned tonnage growing to 120 million gross tons, maintaining our position at the top of the P&I market.

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