UK P&I Club Senior Loss Prevention Executive David Nichol was speaking at a high profile shipping industry forum in Athens this week. The event was organised by Capital Link at the Divani Caravel hotel and was entitled “Best industry practices – A competitive advantage”.
The Club wishes to bring to Members’ attention that during the recent XIX Party Congress in Beijing, the local authorities in China implemented enhanced security measures at all ports. We were aware of a number of cases where crew members were required by local authorities to surrender their mobile phones or other electronic devices for inspection when ships call at ports in China. Those inspections appeared to have been conducted at random, of if a ship was specifically identified as posing a security threat.