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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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INSIGHT: Iran Sanctions

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

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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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West Africa: Cargo fines

Information on fines that can be imposed on vessels calling at Lomé, Cotonou or Abidjan and our recommended best practices to avoid delays upon completion of discharge.

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A fully appraised decision

The Club would like to reiterate to its members of the importance of developing and maintaining a strong and robust bridge resource management culture.

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A brief history of laytime

A brief overview of the main conditions together with references to the significant supporting case law underpinning the guiding principles.

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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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Cat fines causing claims

A summary of recommendations on what the vessel should do to reduce the risk of damage to engines due to catalytic fines in marine bunker fuel.

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Brexit – Possible impact on the UK oil and gas industry

The Field Summer 2018.

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Shipping industry launches new security resources for world fleet

International shipping industry organisations, with military support, have launched a new website.

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Nickel ore - a liquefaction risk

Liquefaction risks of nickel ore cargoes from Indonesia and the Philippines have been a long-standing prominent issue which require constant vigilance and review by shipowners and charterers.

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Blockchain – the real deal, or a whole lot of hype?

Skuld Charterer June 2018.

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Bunker issue – US – Suppliers’ lien (or lack of same)

O. W. Bunker and Trading A/S and its affiliates in several countries (collectively “OWB”) went bankrupt in November 2014. Following the bankruptcies of OWB a tsunami of legal battles has taken place and do still take place in numerous jurisdictions.

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INSIGHT: Russia Sanctions

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

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Best practice for storing bunker samples

It is important for the master to retain the bunker samples on board to determine the quality specification and to demonstrate compliance with MARPOL Annex VI bunker sulphur limits.

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US sanctions on Iran - Announcement by President Trump on 8 May 2018

Circular issued by International Group clubs

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INSIGHT: Libya Sanctions

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

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Reefer vessels - caring for cargo

Reefer vessels are an important part in the transport chain from producers to consumers.

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Effects of mental well-being on personal injury and recovery

In this article we briefly consider what effects mental well-being and outside influences can have on the seafarer.

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Re-Imposition of Iran Sanctions by Trump Administration

On 8 May 2018 President Donald Trump announced his decision to abandon the 2015 Iran nuclear deal - the JCPOA agreed in July 2014.

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Honduras: Oil Spill Response – new requirements

Circular issued by International Group clubs

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Onerous timebars from a pre-action disclosure perspective - Review of leading authorities

This article focuses on pre-action disclosure requirements specifically for notifying a counter-party of a quality, quantity or demurrage claim.

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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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USA: Marine casualty reporting - US Coast Guard Amends monetary property damage threshold amounts

Effective 18 April 2018, the USCG has amended the monetary property damage threshold amounts for reporting a marine casualty and for reporting a type of marine casualty called a "serious marine incident".

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Arbitration - an arbitrator's perspective

The Field April 2018.

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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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The Eems Solar: A lesson to be learned about stowage responsibility

The Eems Solar is a leading legal authority concerning the allocation of responsibility for stowage of cargo as between owners and charterers when such responsibility has been contractually shifted from one to the other.

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Correct use of ECDIS

An MAIB Accident Investigation Report highlights the dangers of misuse of ECDIS in passage planning and monitoring and proper use might have prevented the vessel from grounding.

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Different types of Co-Assureds and their access to policy cover

The Field March 2018.

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Title in bunkers - a success story

Charterers not paying hire and failing to provide Owners with a bunkering schedule and the vessel needed to divert for bunker stemming.

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The role of the lookout

In this age of artificial intelligence, self-driving cars and autonomous ships, the word 'lookout' would appear to sound outdated or even irrelevant. On the contrary however, the role of the 'lookout' on board ships remains more important than ever.

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Crude and water - a case study

A substantial quantity of water was found in crude oil having been loaded. The cargo documents did not reflect the water content found in the discharge ports and the receivers made substantial shortage claims against the owners.

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Are you sleeping efficiently?

There are challenges on board vessels which may cause sleep to be interrupted or daily routine altered whilst on board. However, seafarers can always ensure their sleep is as efficient as possible.

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Case law update: Indemnities in practice

The Field February 2018.

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Knock for knock (KFK)

The Field January 2014: A global guide to KFK regimes, which provides an overview of the way these clauses have been treated by courts worldwide.

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EU Monitoring, Reporting and Verifying Regulation (MRV) Regulation

Skuld would like to remind Members that as of 1 January 2018 EU Regulation 2015/757 became fully effective, this regulation is also known as the MRV Regulation.

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Joint insurance - Why should you care?

The UK Supreme Court judgment in the case of OCEAN VICTORY, where the charterer had made insurance premium payments on behalf of themselves and the owner and the demise charterparty provided for them to be co-assureds.

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Maritime security - Yemen conflict

INTERTANKO, ICS and BIMCO have issued guidance on maritime security in the southern Red Sea and Bab al-Mandeb.

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MLC 2006 as amended: Financial security requirements

Overview of MLC information.

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Maritime Labour Convention 2006 as amended: Liability for uninsured MLC liabilities

Circular issued by International Group clubs

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Amendments to MARPOL Annex V entering into force 1 March 2018

The Club would like to remind its members of the forthcoming implementation date of the amendments to MARPOL Annex V which will enter into force on 1 March 2018.

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Turkey: Pollution fines and criminal proceedings

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BMT Surveys Cargo Handbook

Welcome to CargoHandbook.com, the world's largest database on transportation of cargoes in the marine industry set up by BMT Surveys. This website is aimed at providing a platform acceptable for everyone to provide and share the best knowledge available on cargo transportation, thereby hoping to contribute to awareness and prevention of loss.

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Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) - Revised Final Rule

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A googly spin on assessing proportionality of costs

The recent appeal decision of May & Anor v Wavell Group Plc & Anor [2017] affords a fresh approach on assessment of proportionality of costs for interim applications.

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Skuld PEME programme

Skuld Pre Employment Medical Examination Programme (PEME)

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The continued dangers of snap-back zones

Surveying vessels is a vital element of Skuld's Loss Prevention activities and a way that Skuld can identify trends across the membership and highlight any observations which could assist in mitigating against incidents.

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Carriage of calcium hypochlorite in containers - update

Circular issued by International Group clubs

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Spotlight on insolvency - restructuring in US, UK, Norway and Singapore

The Field January 2018

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