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Timely, accurate and actionable loss prevention advice and legal updates is a key service to our members and clients. Through selected relevant topics we help members control known risks in their business.

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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Latest news and updates

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Libya: Port situation

The situation in Libya remains extremely volatile and vessel operators should contact local ship’s agents and P&I correspondents for the most up-to-date information on Libyan ports.

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INSIGHT: Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006

General information about MLC is provided in this section of the website.

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INSIGHT: Bunker Convention 2001

General information about the Bunker Convention 2001 is provided in this section of the website.

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INSIGHT: Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks (Wreck Removal Convention) 2007

General information about the Wreck Removal Convention is provided in this section of the website.

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Ratifications of MLC convention

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Container ship carrying container for import and export, business logistic and transportation by ship in open sea, Aerial view container ship (picture)

Updated industry guidelines on the carriage of seed cake in containers

Circular issued by International Group clubs

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Crude and water - part II

Excessive free water may occur in any grades loaded from any loading place.

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Failure to comply with US COVID-19 regulations

It is a potential risk of vessel detention, civil and criminal penalties in the US in the event of non-compliance with recent COVID-19 regulations.

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INSIGHT: Iran Sanctions

General information about Iran sanctions is provided in this section of the website.

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INSIGHT: Syria Sanctions

General information about Syria sanctions is provided in this section of the website.

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INSIGHT: North Korea Sanctions

General information about North Korea sanctions is provided in this section of the website.

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US Global Maritime Advisory

Circular issued by International Group clubs

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Vessel monitoring and P&I insurance

Circular issued by International Group clubs

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Fumigants entering crew’s spaces – a word of caution

It is of crucial importance that fumigation operations are placed in the hands of qualified operators.

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Mexico: Smuggling of illegal narcotics – risk of ship detention and crew arrest

Circular issued by International Group clubs

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Telemedicine - standard care after the pandemic has passed?

During the current global pandemic, telemedicine has emerged as an effective way for doctors and patients to interact without risk of spreading COVID-19.

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Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK): Sanctions enforcement update

Circular issued by International Group clubs

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Yemen: Port and security update

The Yemeni authorities has implemented a strict quarantine and control regime.

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INSIGHT: Cuba Sanctions

General information about Cuba sanctions is provided in this section of the website.

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INSIGHT: Venezuela Sanctions

General information about Venezuela sanctions is provided in this section of the website.

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COVID-19: Charterparty matters for shipowners

The current COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant effect on the shipping industry.

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COVID-19: Force majeure, frustration and exclusion clauses

The landscape for charterers is likely to be difficult to negotiate in the present circumstances

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Best Management Practices – Piracy and Armed Robbery - West Africa

The International Group, in partnership with shipping industry associations, have launched new maritime security guidance.

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Channel closures

Skuld Charterer March 2020. This eight issue of Skuld Charterer is looking at channel closures and the principal charterparty provisions that come into play in such cases.

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Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Marine Pollution from Ships

Circular issued by International Group clubs

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INSIGHT: Russia Sanctions

General information about Russia sanctions is provided in this section of the website.

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INSIGHT: Chinese Oil Pollution Regulation

General information about the Chinese Oil Pollution Regulation is provided in this section of the website.

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Turkey: Enforcement for excess bunker quantities

This is a reminder that correct bunker figures shall be available at any given time.

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Case study: Manual handling causes back injury

A case study of an incident reported to the club shows the importance of correct manual handling.

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Electronic (Paperless) Trading: Approval of CargoX

Circular issued by International Group clubs

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Container ship carrying container for import and export, business logistic and transportation by ship in open sea, Aerial view container ship (picture)

Guidelines for the carriage of seed cake in containers

Circular issued by International Group clubs

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Electronic navigation aids: The radar

Accidents at sea continue to occur where the primary cause is the failure to properly check/verify the operation of electronic navigational aids.

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Iran: US issues new sanctions against four sectors of the Iranian economy

On 10 January 2020 the US President issued a new Executive Order.

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Electronic (Paperless) Trading: Electronic Shipping Solutions, Bolero International Ltd, E-Title Authority Pte Ltd, Global Share S.A. (edoxOnline platform) and WAVE (The WAVE Network)

Circular issued by International Group clubs

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Turkey: Pollution fines and criminal proceedings 2020

Advice on new rates applicable from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020, including practical information.

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Hull fouling clauses and prolonged stays

Skuld Charterer December 2019.

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Onboard safety precaution on tank cleaning - "The Final Stretch" for IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap

Skuld would like to advice on the risk to the crew onboard who will be cleaning the tanks if the vessel will use compliant fuel.

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UAE: Port of Fujairah - High Acid Number and possible contamination of fuel

A number of fuel oil samples from deliveries in Fujairah have been found to have an elevated Total Acid Number (TAN).

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Enforceability of LOIs - a practical guide

Any party accepting a Letter of Indemnity (LOI) should be aware of the risks involved in order to make a fully informed decision.

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INSIGHT: HNS Convention

General information about the HNS Convention is provided in this section of the website.

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Managing alien stowaways

A brief guide to US Ballast Water Regulations, the Vessel General Permit and the 2018 Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act.

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Sampling of liquid cargoes

Quality problems with liquid cargoes have been an issue since the dawn of this trade, and even with modern techniques these quality issues are likely to continue.

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A guide to US crew claims

The Field October 2019.

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Sulphur 2020: Fuel specification guidelines

Skuld would like to inform its members that ISO has released new fuel specification guidelines for very low sulphur marine fuel oil.

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New Zealand and Australia: Stink bug warning 2019-2020

Members with vessels trading to Australia and New Zealand should ensure that the crew onboard are aware and familiar with the BMSB seasonal management measures.

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War risks - Charterers' perspective

Skuld Charterer September 2019.

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US sanctions on the Government of Venezuela and Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA)

Circular issued by International Group clubs

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Latest news on Iran sanctions

The United States administration continues to escalate sanctions targeting non-US persons involved in the shipping industry.

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Port Hedland, Australia: Bulk Carriers loading iron ore in the harbor. Cyclonic storms during the Wet Season can disrupt port operations (photo)

Nickel ore liquefaction alert

Members and masters are advised to take extreme caution when loading nickel ore in the region of Indonesia and the Philippines.

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