Editorial - 3rd November: Charterers’ advice
The dedicated charterers' area of our website continues to develop with the extension of its advice and information section. This section collates advices from both the Club and its business partners which are identified of particular relevance to charterers.
This week sees the addition of a 'Legal topics' section which publishes articles on the UK Bribery Act, the effect of insolvency on a charterparty and guidance on bunker disputes.
We are grateful to international law firm Reed Smith for their support providing us with two recent articles. The first on the effect of insolvency on a charterparty explains that insolvency of one of the parties does not amount to repudiation under English law. After reviewing the other necessary characteristics or consequences the paper explores non-performance by a party and the effect when that party belongs to a larger group company.
In a second article on the UK Bribery Act is reviewed surveying the main offences, the penalties and possible defences. The introduction of the INTERTANKO Model Clause for charterparties is explained.
Finally, the UK Defence Club has published a booklet on bunker quality and quantity disputes that gives useful insights into considerations of both the purchasing and delivery processes and compliance with MARPOL Annex VI. In the event of a dispute preserving evidence is vital and guidance on this procedure features over a number of pages. Finally a section on the charterparty questions in respect of bunker disputes and a checklist conclude the booklet.
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Please find below information received from UK Club correspondent in Turkey, Vitsan; the circular outlines the recent announcement that wash water discharge of open-loop scrubbers is prohibited in Turkish waters.
The UK P&I Club recently held a Webinar on the subject of Mooring operations and safety; the Webinar received overwhelming response with about 2350 registrations from 78 countries.
The UK P&I Club successfully conducted two webinars on the 2nd of April and 6th May from its Singapore office. In view of the social distancing measures put into place by the industry, this was one of the ways the UK P&I Club has adapted to service its Members and ensure the safety of its Membership and entered tonnage. The webinars addressed the following topics: