OUTLINE: The International Group is seeking clarification on the extent to which Club cover can respond to liabilities arising during the six month suspension period; Some liabilities may only crystallise or be presented after the six month suspension period has ended (20th July 2014); The Club may be unable to provide security for a claim in circumstances in which a demand under a club letter of undertaking be made after 20th July 2014; The Club may be unable to provide Blue Cards to Members who contract to carry Iranian crude oil, petroleum and petrochemical products after 20th July 2014; Members are strongly urged to consult the Club regarding insurance cover before contracting to transport Iranian crude oil, petroleum and petrochemical products
VRP requirements for Alaska now allow enrolment with Alaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network (AK-MPRN);AK-MPRN indicates the owner’s QI may be required to contract with as yet unidentified resources without any prior opportunity to review the contract terms; It is currently impossible to ascertain the risk of such contractual terms falling outside the scope of Club cover.
US Vessel Response Plans – Non-tank Final Rule – Update; NTVRP Implementation Date – 30 January 2014; Deactivation of Old Non-tank Vessel Response Plans on 31 January 2014
A significant suspension of EU and US sanctions against Iran, albeit on a temporary trial basis, will commence on 20th January 2014
The Resolution for consideration at the SGM on 16th January 2014 (ref Circular 23/13) was passed.
The ‘US Oil Pollution Clause’ is deleted reflecting the reduction of US voyage additional premiums to nil. This circular refers to previous circulars 8/12 and 4/13
A Special General Meeting of The United Kingdom Mutual Steam Ship Assurance Association (Bermuda) Limited (UKB) will be held on the 16th January 2014 in Bermuda; The papers for this meeting are enclosed;
OUTLINE: Washington State Maritime Co-operative (WSMC) has revised its enrolment agreement. It now complies with International Group (IG) guidelines; National Response Corporation (NRC) also provides Washington State approved and IG compliant contingency plans; Specimen documents for both organisations are attached to this circular; This circular refers to Circular 17/13 Washington State – Contingency Plan requirements
The Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) for non-tank vessels visiting Western Alaska are now published at http://www.ak-mprn.org/ ; Alaska Chadux’s federal VRP subscription programme will expire on 30 January 2014 and not 30 December 2013 as previously stated; The 30 January 2014 for VRP compliance will not be extended by US Coast Guard (USCG); USCG may issue, at their discretion, a six month Interim Operating Authorization (IOA) where vessel operators have submitted sufficient initial compliance information; This circular refers to Circulars 12/13, 14/13, 18/13 and 19/13 advising Members that non-tank vessel owners are required to submit VRPs to USCG by 30 January 2014
Second issuance of Vessel General Permit (VGP) is effective from 19th December 2013 and will supersede the first iteration of VGP. Vessels must file an Notice of Intent (NOI), by the 12th December 2013 or 7 days prior to discharge to continue uninterrupted coverage. Notice of Intent must be submitted using EPA’s Electronic NOI system. NOI submission deadlines and discharge authorization can be found in Annex II of this circular. Club advice on VGP requirements was posted on our website on 19th November