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.
The Club held a Loss Prevention Seminar and Reception at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul on 21st September. In attendance were Andrew Jones Regional Director for Asia, Stuart Edmonston Loss Prevention Director, DY Kim Senior Claims Director, and Sean Song Claims & Loss Prevention Executive.
It is common in a lot of trades to accept a Letter of Indemnity (“LOI”) for non-production of bills of lading. Although it is commonly accepted in many trades, the consequences of non-performance can be extremely serious for Members.
This partly laden tanker was proceeding inbound along a narrow river channel with a pilot on board. The transit was taking place in the early morning hours on a flood tide. Shortly before entering a stretch of the channel with occupied river berths, the pilot ordered the vessel’s speed to be reduced from full ahead to half ahead.