Date: 11/09/2017
The BWM Convention aimed at stopping the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species in ships’ ballast water entered into force on 8 September 2017.  For more information please see the Club’s dedicated...
Date: 07/09/2017
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There is no question that Hurricane Harvey, which first struck Texas on August 25, 2017, was a storm of catastrophic proportions. An event like Harvey and the associated force majeure declarations have the potential to impact the performance of transportation contracts such as charter parties and contracts of affreightment. 
Date: 06/09/2017
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In July and August of 2017 the U.S issued another Executive Order expanding on the sanctions against Venezuela.
Date: 13/06/2017
On 12th June 2017, the Combined Maritime Forces issued a statement to the shipping industry on the recent attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab-el-Mandeb. This statement serves as a reminder to mariners of the importance of following BMP4 and the benefits of registering with MSCHOA and UKMTO when sailing in the High Risk Area and Voluntary Reporting Area. A copy of the statement in full is below, but can also be found on the Combined Maritime Forces website here: https://combinedmaritimeforces.com/2017/06/12/statement-to-industry/
Date: 18/05/2017
Alan Dainty, Cyber Risk Director at Thomas Miller Specialty, asks the question.
Date: 17/01/2017
From 18th January 2017 all merchant ships of 500 gross tons or over flagged to a ratifying state and, engaged in international voyages will need to show compliance by carrying a Maritime Labour Certificate and Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance.
Date: 05/01/2017
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On 23 December, 2016, the US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the second U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate.
Date: 14/12/2016
The International Group today announced that it had concluded terms for 2017 in respect of the excess of loss reinsurance. 
Date: 13/12/2016
The International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (“the Polar Code”) was adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on15th May 2015.  The Code will take effect on 1 January 2017, upon entry into force of the new Chapter XIV of the SOLAS Convention.  The Code will apply to new ships constructed after 1 January 2017. Ships constructed before 1 January 2017 will be required to meet the relevant requirements of the Polar Code by the first intermediate or renewal survey, whichever occurs first, after 1 January 2018. 
Date: 12/12/2016
Around a third of the world’s 1.2 million seafarers are Filipinos. They contribute around US$6 billion a year to the Philippine economy. Developments in the country’s employment laws are therefore of key importance to shipowners.

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