Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010

The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 has been enacted and takes effect from the 15th October 2010. 

Generally, provisions are effective on the day of enactment unless legislation specifies otherwise. The following provisions are noted, as they may concern Members:

  • Section 702 calls for the Coast Guard to enact new safeguards for, among other things, the transfer of oil, "within 1 year after the date of enactment."
  • Section 708, which provides added funds for NOAA and calls for various audits and reports is effective immediately, with deadlines for the audits and reports tied to the date of enactment.
  • Section 711 extends the dual tug escort requirements for single hull vessels to double hulled tankers in Prince William Sound effective 90 days after enactment. 
  • Section 712 specifies no effective date for its provisions broadening the applicability of OPA '90 financial responsibility requirements to any tank vessel over 100 gross tons. It should be assumed, therefore, that it became effective upon enactment.
  • Section 713, which makes the cargo owner a "responsible party" under OPA '90 in the event of an oil spill from a single hull tank vessel, is effective "after December 31, 2010."
  • Section 912, which limits the liability of vessel owner/operators and other people who use or authorize force to defend a US vessel against pirates is effective upon enactment.  Coast Guard regulations for the use of self-defense are due 180 days after enactment.

Industry developments

Polar Shipping

Legal, navigational and environmental resources, news and updates on the development of polar shipping. Read more

US VRP Compliance

With effect from 30th January 2014 non-tank as well as tankships calling at US ports will be required to submit VRPs.  For Club and other resources to assist in compliance click here

International Environmental compliance

Environmental Compliance resource page collates material in respect of International environmental compliance issues affecting our Members. Information from the Club, Loss Prevention and external resources has been collated in one place for ease of reference.

MLC 2006

The Maritime Labour Convention enters into force in August 2013 - resources, news & advice on implementation can be found in this dedicated section.  READ MORE

International sanctions

Recent guidance & corresponding material in respect of international sanctions against various countries has been updated with respect to temporary easing of sanctions against Iran.  READ MORE


Essential precautions and preparation against piracy, as well as additional information and resources, loss prevention advisories and useful external web links

Emergency Contacts

If you need to call our offices out of hours and at weekends, click After Office hours for a up to date list of the names of the Duty Executives and their mobile phone numbers. 

Ship Finder

This Ship Finder is updated on a daily basis. Members who need to advise the Club of updates to their recorded ships' details should advise their usual underwriting contact.