Happy Thanksgiving 2011

  • Date: 24/11/2011

We would like to wish a happy thanksgiving to all our American Members, colleagues, correspondents and friends.  The Thomas Miller Americas offices are closed for the duration of the public holiday.  However, a duty executive system continues to be maintained and contact details can be found on the Emergency Contacts page of this website.

There is a selection of US-related items on the website this week including the latest edition of Bodily Injury News.

Bodily Injury News latest
The Bodily Injury News produced by our colleagues in New Jersey and San Francisco is published this week and reviews a number of recent developments and issues related to claims for bodily injury, illness and death among passengers and crews.

A large part of this edition draws on topics covered at the recent Round Table event in September. in particular issues of civil and criminal liability for owners.  These events have attracted increasing numbers of attendees from non-US Members providing an even more varied and rewarding cross-section of maritime and legal expertise and discussion.

The newsletter is published in our Publications section, both as a conventional pdf and also in a page turning viewer within the Reading Room on this website.

We welcome your comments and suggestions on the newsletter and the articles within it.  If you have any queries regarding specific items please don’t hesitate to call the relevant author, or the editor Louise Livingston  (louise.livingston@thomasmiller.com).

Sanctions against Iran
Also this week we have updates on sanctions against Iran by the UK, EU and USA.  The extension by the United States of its sanctions against Iran is particularly noteworthy as it follows the CISADA provisions which can impact non-US companies involved in Iran’s petroleum trade.

Loss prevention: an American focus
Loss prevention bulletin 795 summarises some recent events of interest to shipowners in the United States.  These include changes to the arrangements imposed by the Customs and Border Protection agency for importation of foreign cargoes, the conclusions of the Long Beach/Los Angeles Port Access Study, implementation of regulations for the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and the deletion of Congo from the list of countries subject to additional conditions of entry.

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.