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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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Stowaways and COVID-19

Stowaways is an extra burden on the crew and despite many attempts to find an international solution, shipowners are often left alone providing for the stowaway and finding ways of repatriation.

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Gulf of Guinea persists as maritime security hotspot

Piracy and armed robbery incidents were on the rise in 2020 and the numbers do not seem to relent into 2021.

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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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Coronavirus virus originating in Wuhan China and possible worldwide pandemic (illustration)

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Latest news and updates

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Proper handling of internal transfer of bunker and bulk oils

This advisory focuses on prevention of any untoward incident during internal transfer of bunker or bulk oils onboard.

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INSIGHT: Russia Sanctions

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

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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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Dry bulk shipping

Aligning sales contract and charter party terms

Skuld Charterer April 2021.

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Marine engineer officer repairing vessel engines and propulsion in engine control room ECR. Ship onboard maintenance

Bunker fuel contamination by chemicals onboard

The focus of this advisory is prevention of damage to the main engine, auxiliary engine and boiler plant.

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Electronic (Paperless) Trading: TradeLens (TradeLens eBL)

Circular issued by International Group clubs

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Implied indemnities 3: Charterers’ obligation to employ competent stevedores

This series will assess the obligations and potential liabilities which the charterers may be found to be burdened with, even when not expressly agreed in a charterparty.

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Implied indemnities 2: ‘As presented’

This series will assess the obligations and potential liabilities which the charterers may be found to be burdened with, even when not expressly agreed in a charterparty.

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Implied indemnities 1: Unsafe ports

This series will assess the obligations and potential liabilities which the charterers may be found to be burdened with, even when not expressly agreed in a charterparty.

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Nigeria: Guidance on contracting government security forces

Latest updates and guidance in the use of armed security (armed escort vessels) in Nigerian waters.

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Libya: Port situation update

Members are recommended to assess all port calls on a case-by-case basis and to continue exercising caution when entering Libyan ports and waters.

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IG P&I launches safety animation

The International Group of P&I Clubs launches a safety animation to help prevent the loss of life in enclosed spaces on board ships

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Sanctions clause for container vessel time charter parties 2021

BIMCO has recently published a sanctions clause for use in container vessel time charter parties 2021.

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Pakistan: Shortage claims

We have recently seen an increase in shortage liquid claims in Pakistan, notably at Port Qasim.

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Bunker disputes and shipboard fuel treatment

Shipboard fuel treatment and documenting the treatment procedures on board is of ultimate importance in dealing with bunker issues and disputes.

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Venezuela: United States sanctions

Circular issued by International Group clubs

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Brazil: Delay in soybean harvesting

Port congestion, risk of demurrage and excess moisture.

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INSIGHT: Venezuela Sanctions

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

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Fast speedboat with Dutch Marines during an assault demo at the World Harbor Days in Rotterdam (photo)

US Maritime (US MARAD) updates its Gulf of Guinea, Red Sea/Gulf of Aden and Persian Gulf security advisories

Industry update following incident in the Persian Gulf.

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Cyber risks

Skuld has created a Cyber Security Awareness poster.

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Skuld PEME programme

Skuld Pre Employment Medical Examination Programme (PEME)

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Dakar, Senegal: Recent developments in respect of fines and taxes

Any master whose vessel is due to call at the port of Dakar port must be well informed about the current situation.

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Skuld Charterer January 2021

Charterers in the middle - mind the gap

Skuld Charterer January 2021.

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Turkey: Pollution fines and criminal proceedings 2021

Advice on new rates applicable from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021, including practical information.

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Possession order in light of the Megacore Honami

An interim injunction is a useful tool to bear in mind when attempting to enforce possession if a vessel is going to great lengths to evade arrest.

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Rescue of person from ship by helicopter exercise (photo)

Indian law: Personal injury / disability claims

This article focuses on the legal (liability) regime in India, to generally guide Owners facing a potential action by an Indian seafarer in India, for a personal injury/disability claim.

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Crew changes during COVID-19 - a new flashpoint for charterparty disputes?

A major hurdle facing shipowners has been crew changes and unrestricted crew changes are unlikely to return in the foreseeable future.

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ASBAGASVOY 2020 – a new voyage charter for the gas trade

ASBAGASVOY is a voyage charter where the shipowner provides a vessel for carriage of specified goods for a voyage between identified ports or between a range of identified ports.

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USA: US Oil Pollution California - Increased criminal penalties for oil spill related offences - update

Circular issued by International Group clubs

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Passage Planning in a nutshell

It requires proper knowledge, planning and execution to navigate the ship safely to its known port of destination. This article focuses on an important shipboard operation, i.e. Passage Planning.

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Ship to ship transfer safety

Ship to ship (STS) transfer is the term primarily applied to the transfer of crude oil, petroleum products, liquid bulk chemicals and liquefied gas between sea-going tankers.

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Rule B and pre-recognition remedies in maritime arbitration

Nothing is more frustrating to a successful claimant in an arbitral proceeding than the inability to enforce an award because the respondent has become insolvent or dissipated its assets.

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Containers lost at sea

Prevention intensifies while loss decreases - a situation taken seriously by the container industry.

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Turkish Straits - increase in the number of salvage cases

We have recently noticed a slight uptick in the number of cases concerning salvage services in this region.

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INSIGHT: Iran Sanctions

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

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USA: Oil Pollution California - Increased criminal penalties for oil spill related offences

Circular issued by International Group clubs

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Early redelivery under the CP

Skuld Charterer October 2020.

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INSIGHT: Cuba Sanctions

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

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Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream – Update on new US sanctions

Circular issued by International Group clubs

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Diagnosis - Tuberculosis. Medical Report with Composition of Medicaments - Red Pills, Injections and Syringe. Selective Focus. (illustration)

Tuberculosis: an avoidable problem?

It is important that a ship’s designated medic or medical officer is aware of the early signs and symptoms of TB.

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Claiming damages in addition to demurrage following delay

A recent judgement in the English Commercial Court has brought clarity to whether a shipowner, faced with a cargo damage claim, following delay by the charterer to discharge the vessel within laytime, can recover those losses from the charterer.

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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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INSIGHT: HNS Convention

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

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