The fifth International Group Conference for P&I Correspondents was held at the QEII Conference Centre in London on 24-26 September 2017. This proved to be the most popular conference to date, with approximately 560 correspondents attending from 100 countries, as well as more than 100 staff from International Group Clubs.
We would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our readers to this first edition of Lookout, a new publication looking at some of the main industry issues the Club has been tackling, and to introduce some of the talented people within the Club who advise and help find innovative and creative solutions to some of the most challenging problems that our Members face on a daily basis.
In preparation for arrival in port to load cargo, the crew rigged the pilot ladder combination on the port side in accordance with the pilot’s instructions. The tanker’s master manoeuvred the vessel to create a lee for the pilot launch and the pilot transferred from the launch to the rope ladder without incident. Unbeknown to the launch crew, a tripping line attached near to the bottom rung of the ladder fouled a cleat on the near side of the launch and as the craft manoeuvred away, the ladder was stretched and pulled from the ship’s side.
Members will be aware of the tragic sinking last week of the M/V Emerald Star in the Philippine Sea, with the loss of 10 crewmembers. The ship is believed to have been carrying a cargo of nickel ore at the time, although it is too early to say whether the cargo played any role in the ship’s sinking.
The crew were instructed to clean the vessel’s cargo holds in preparation for the next cargo. The vessel was underway with sea conditions recorded as slight with no ship movement. In order to gain better access to the upper areas of the hold, the crew arranged to position the high pressure washing equipment on top of portable staging erected on the tank top.
The U.S State Department announced that, effective October 12, 2017, the U.S sanctions against Sudan imposed under E.0.s 13067 and 13412 will be revoked. Freehill Horgan and Mahar LLP explain further in the attached bulletin.