Chinese Military Drills - Taiwan
In light of the military exercises China are currently conducting around the surrounding waters of Taiwan, the Association’s correspondent, Taiwan Transport Insurance Services Ltd. (TTIS) has sent us the attached notices issued by the Maritime and Port Bureau and the MOTC.
The Maritime and Port Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) in Taiwan issued a notice to all mariners for the military exercise held by China. It is noted that the warning zones are very close to Taiwan’s major commercial ports, including Keelung, Suao, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Anping, Hoping and Hualien, and therefore navigation and safety will inevitably be affected. The authority suggests that all vessels take alternative routes to avoid these zones. The duration of the military exercise is 3 days, starting from 1200 hours of 4 Aug until 12:00 7 Aug 2022.
Here are the coordinates of the warning zones.
1. East of Taiwan –
- A. N22-56/E122-40
- B. N23-38/E122-51
- C. N23-38/E123-23
- D. N22-56/E123-09
2. North of Taiwan –
- A. N25-15-26/E120-29-20
- B. N24-50-30/E120-05-45
- C. N25-04-32/E119-51-22
- D. N25-28-12/E120-14-30
- E. N26-07/E121-57
- F. N25-30/E121-57
- G. N25-30/E121-28
- H. N26-07/E121-28
- I. N25-34/E122-50
- J. N25-03/E122-50
- K. N25-03/E122-11
- L. N/25-34/E122-11
3. South of Taiwan -
- A. N21-14/E121-33
- B. N21-33/E121-18
- C. N21-07/E120-43
- D. N20-48/E120-59
- M. N22-43/E119-14
- N. N22-10/E119-06
- O. N21-33/E120-29
- P. N22-09/E120-32
Referring to the attachment, ‘MOTC_22-268.pdf’, the following is a free translation:
Regarding the military exercises conducted by PRC from 10:00 on August 4 to 10:00 on 10th August 2022, vessels are urged to avoid the following areas by using alternate routes to maintain navigation safety.
Eastern waters location coordinate：
(Four Point connection)
122°30′00″ E (WGS 84 Datum)
Members should get in touch with their usual Club contacts with any queries regarding the above.
259 Notice To Mariners(Revised) 71 KB
257 Notice To Mariners(Revised) 71 KB
256 Notice To Mariners(Revised) 72 KB
MOTC 22 268 129 KB
Correspondent Manager/Senior Claims Executive
You may also be interested in
Our correspondents in China, Huatai Marine, have provided the latest update relating to the distribution of major fishery farms along the coast of China.
The UK Club would like to draw Members' attention to the latest alert from our local correspondent Venepandi C.A related to the navigational hazard in the internal waters of the Venezuelan Caribbean Sea, specifically to the vessels that are heading towards the ports of eastern Venezuela.
The Club would like to draw Members' attention to the latest circular from our correspondent in China, Oasis P&I Services Limited.
The Club would like to draw Members' attention to the latest circular from OASIS P&I Services Ltd., a local correspondent in China
Huatai Circular PNI07: First Batch of High Risk Warning Areas of Collision between Merchant and Fishing Vessels Designated in Fujian Coast
The UK Club would like to draw Members attention to the latest circular from our local correspondent Huatai relating to the First Batch of High Risk Warning Areas of Collision between Merchant and Fishing Vessels designated in the Fujian Coast.
Huatai Circular PNI 08: Regulations on Disposal of Food Wastes in Chinese Coasts and Loss Prevention Suggestions
The UK Club would like to draw Members attention to the latest circular from our local correspondent Huatai relating to the Regulations on Disposal of Food Wastes in Chinese Coasts and Loss Prevention Suggestions
Oasis Circular 2209: China MSA issued notice of correction to chart in respect of unidentified underwater objects off Fuzhou port and Ningde port
The Club would like to direct Members' attention to the latest circular from OASIS P&I, a local correspondent in China, relating to China's MSA notice for correction in respect of unidentified underwater objects off Fuzhou port and Ningde port.
Oasis Circular 2210: MSA issued notices on route adjustment between Yantai and Weihai and alert of fishery farms to the south of the new route
Correspondent, Oasis P&I Services has issued the following circular relating to the route adjustment between Yantai port and Weihai port and the alert of fishery farms to the south of new route
Oasis Circular 2207: Fujian MSA and Fishing Authorities Announced the 1st Batch of High Risk Warning Areas of Collision between Merchant Ships and Fishing Boats
The Club would like to draw Members' attention to the latest circular from a local correspondent in China, OASIS P&I on the High Risk Warning Areas of Collision between Merchant Ships and Fishing Boats.
IMPORTANT NOTE: PIPL is China’s comprehensive law that sets detailed rules with respect to data privacy and the protection and applies to the processing of personal information and sensitive personal information within the People’s Republic of China (PRC). PIPL came into effect on 1 November 2021.
Oasis Circular 2208: China MSA Will Carry Out Special Safety Supervision over Ships Entering Shanghai from 21 Oct to 10 Nov 2022
The Club would like to draw Members' attention to the latest circular from OASIS P&I Services Limited, a local correspondent in China, relating to the announcement of special safety supervision to ships entering the controlled waters of Huangpu River of Shanghai from 21 Oct to 10 Nov 2022.
Important Updates on COVID-19 Prevention and Restriction Policies at Chinese Mainland Ports
On December 26th, 2022, the National Health Commission of the P.R.C
Shanghai Municipality and Jiangsu Province Regulations on the Prevention and Control of Ship Pollution
The UK P&I Club has received the following update from our listed Correspondent Huatai Marine, regarding the Shanghai Municipality regulations on the prevention and control of ship pollution and the Jiangsu Province regulations on the prevention and control of ship pollution in the Yangtze River, that came into effect on 1 March 2023.
No Requirement for Vessels to Submit Seafarers' Nucleic Test Results before Calling Chinese Ports
The Club would like to draw Members' attention to the latest advice from Club correspondents Huatai Marine relating to the Chinese government's new policy on improving epidemic prevention and control measures, a new version of Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 in Ports and Their Frontline Personnel (the 12th edition)
China: Revised Ship Routeing and Reporting Systems of Qiongzhou Strait - From 1 April 2022
The UK Club’s Correspondents, Huatai Marine, report that on 28.02.2022, China MSA announced a modification to the Routeing System and Ship Reporting System of Qiongzhou Strait which have been operating for over 15 years. Huatai Marine explain the main modifications to the systems which will come into force on 01.04.2022.
Coastal Waters of Zhejiang Province, China
Please find below Circular PNI12 from UK Club Correspondent Huatai Marine outlining the adjustment of the main public shipping routes in the coastal waters of Zhejiang Province, China.
Loss Prevention seminar, Taipei
On Tuesday 19th September our Loss Prevention team held a seminar and drinks reception at The Sherwood Hotel, Taipei which aimed to provide an insight into the departments global reach, commitment to safety, offsetting rising claims and maintaining membership quality.
The UK Club’s Correspondents, Oasis P&I, provide an update on the revised ship routing and reporting systems at Xiamen Port which will come into effect on 1 March 2022.
The Club would like to draw Members' attention to the below update from the Club's Correspondents in Australia
In accordance with the Maritime Traffic Safety Law of the People's Republic of China, Maritime Safety Administration of the PRC ("MSA") issued a notice on 27th August 2021 requiring vessels of foreign nationality that fall into the categories within to report to Chinese maritime administrations pre-entering the territorial sea of China.
China - Pilot programme opening up coastal carriage to vessels of foreign Container Lines
The UK Club's correspondents, Huatai Marine, report on an announcement by the country's Ministry of Transport on 13.12.2021 regarding a pilot programme to partially open up China's coastal trade.
China - Supreme Court's Memorandum of National Courts' Symposium on Commercial and Maritime Cases
The Club would like to draw Members' attention to an article by Haitong & Partners law firm dated 27.01.2022 in which Haitong provides their comments on the maritime section of the Supreme Court's Memorandum of National Courts' Symposium on Commercial and Maritime Cases.
Navigation Speed Limit and Restrictions under Heavy Weather for Vessels Sailing within Xiamen Sea Area
The UK Club have received the following update from Huatai, regarding a notice on navigation speed limits and restrictions under heavy weather for vessels sailing within the Xiamen Sea area.
Precautionary recommendations and local MSA control measures in fog season around Fujian waters, China
According to information released by Fujian MSA, four maritime incidents occurred in the past week along the coast of Fujian province, all of which resulted from poor visibility during navigation in fog.
This tragic accident is of particular significance because it was a major reason for the creation of the ISM (International Safety Management) Code
China: Announcement on Effectively Implementing Remote Prevention and Control Measures of COVID-19
The UK Club’s local correspondents, Huatai Insurance Agency & Consultant Service Ltd, have issued a circular on the announcement of the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the General Customs on Effectively Implementing Remote Prevention and Control Measures of the COVID-19 for Vessels Engaged in International Voyages.
The Club’s correspondent in China, Huatai Marine, provide in their latest Circular No: PNI  05 details of this summer’s fishing ban along China’s coastal areas.
In order to keep our Members posted with the development of the changes in those areas, the UK Club’s correspondents Huatai have kindly issued a circular to introduce the current situation of fishery farm claims and update the latest geographical extent of the major fishery farms in China.
Safe Navigation and Stakeholders
When an accident involving a ship occurs, there are immediately questions concerning who is responsible and investigations inevitably target all stakeholders associated with the ships involved - this article examines what can be done and the role of P&I Clubs in such scenarios
The Grounding of the Exxon Valdez
On March 24 1989, the VLCC Exxon Valdez was carrying about 200,000 tons of crude oil, and ran aground on Bligh Reef in the Prince William Sound of Alaska
The Sinking of the Titanic
In this short article, the Club takes a look back one of the most notorious historical incident in maritime history, the sinking of Titanic; this casualty gives us the opportunity to examine the reported facts, to reflect and understand human error and avoid those mistakes from being repeated that others have made.
The UK P&I Club recently held a webinar on the subject of bridge watchkeeping which received an overwhelming response with over 1800 registrations from 78 countries - watch the webinar today.
After the UK Club webinar on bridge watchkeeping, a follow up bonus session ("After-Hour") was held with the industry to discuss the practical & legal challenges how these could be overcome.
UK Russia Sanctions - An Update
The UK has implemented a number of sanctions in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
In the latest series of "Ask An Expert", Capt Anuj Velankar talks with Capt Vincent Fernandes, Author of "ECIDS Blues" on the subject of passage planning on ECDIS - the grounding of CMA CGM Libra took place more than 10 years back on paper charts.
Panama Canal Data for Current Operations
This article provides an insightful overview of the Panama canal, touching on topics such as: the layout and structure of the canal, ship and cargo categories, tonnage measurements, origins and destination data and more
A practical guide for preventing collisions, groundings and further difficult situations for ships in confined waters, to improve safety of navigation.
QCR Winter 2021: CMA CGM LIBRA
The UK Supreme Court in its judgement issued on 10 November 2021 has upheld the lower Courts' judgments in this case confirming that a defective passage plan can render a vessel unseaworthy
New PRC Civil Code: impact on guarantees
The new Civil Code of the People's Republic of China came into effect from 1st January, 2021, bringing in numerous changes to the rules governing civil disputes in China, those of particular relevance to Members are the changes to the rules relating to guarantees, which we consider in more detail below.
In 1914, a single ship passed through the Panama Canal to little fanefare bringing to fruition a multinational effort that began 44 years prior, this article looks at the brief history of the canal and some claims considerations
Wash Damage and Speed Regulation Update - River Plate and Parana De Las Palmas, Argentina
The UK Club have received the following update from local correspondents, Pandi Liquidadores, regarding new speed limitations and wash damage guidance within the Parana River area.
China and South Korea has announced implementation of their own fuel sulphur caps with emission control areas requiring use of 0.1% sulphur fuels.
The UK Club have received the attached circular from local correspondents Huatai, regarding vessels making contact with fishing nets in Ningde waters in China.
North China's record low temperatures and icy sea ask for special caution during navigation
The UK P&I Club have received the following circular from local correspondents Huatai, regarding record low temperatures in North China and icy sea conditions.
INTERTANKO have recently received reports from Members in relation to uncharted terminals in China ports. Hydrographic inaccuracies and the non-marking of existing terminals on charts pose serious navigational risks and prevent ship Masters from carrying out proper passage planning and risk assessment.
The Club would like to draw Members’ attention to the latest Circular No. 2010 (Updated): Prohibited Areas for Military Exercise in Bohai, Yellow Sea, East Sea and South Sea of China from Late August to the End of September, 2020
The Club would like to draw to the attention of Members trading to Brazil a well written and comprehensive update on the cabotage trade in Brazil
Ships are alerted to expect an increased number of fishing boats when sailing in Chinese waters
The UK P&I Club have received the following circular from correspondents Huatai, regarding potential collisions with fishing boats while sailing in Chinese waters as the fishing ban period in the region comes to an end.
The Club had recently been notified of claims involving our Members' vessels running into fishing farms anchored at the vicinity around the entrance of Lanshan Port.
Following a number of collisions with fishing vessels, a routeing system was established for southwest Indian waters.
The Club’s correspondents, Hyopsung Surveyors & Adjusters Corporation, provides an update on recent designations of ECAs and low speed areas at five major ports in South Korea.
Tianjin Municipal Government Enhances Supervision and Control on Ship Pollution in Tianjin port from 1st May, 2018
The UK Club has received the following circular from local correspondents, Huatai, regarding enhanced supervision and controls on ship pollution in Tianjin port from 1st May 2018.
The Club had recently been notified of claims involving our Members' vessels running into fishing farms anchored at the vicinity around the entrance of Lanshan Port.
The Mississippi remains difficult to navigate, prone to high water, and thus perpetually awash with high value claims.
The UK Club has received the attached circular from our local correspondents, Huatai Insurance Agency & Consultant Service Ltd, regarding the prohibition of discharging waste water generated by open-loop exhaust gas cleaning systems (Scrubbers) within Emission Control Areas in China.
1137 - 08/17 - Notice of Xiamen Municipal Peoples Government Measures for Upcoming BRICS - Sept 2017
Xiamen People's Government issued a Notice in late July to implement temporary regulatory and control measures over ships in the port area of Xiamen Bay during the upcoming BRIC meeting, which will be taking place from 3rd September to 5th September 2017.
In order to help our Members manage the risk of fishing vessel collisions and to learn from these often tragic events, we have worked with experts in fisheries and aquaculture to produce a guide for Masters and their Bridge teams on how to reduce the risk of collisions with fishing vessels.
ECDIS Detention data by AMSA PSC
When using the ECDIS, it is necessary to know specifically what the problems for navigators are; in this article Captain Sekine extracts the problems related to the use of ECDIS in regard to the current status of ships operated around the world.
In this report, the UK Club examines potential issues that can arise and even contribute to the cause of an accident when using ECDIS
Effective immediately vessels scheduled to call at terminals on the Delaware River North of the Ben Franklin Bridge must report their arrival and departure air draft and deep draft to the Pilot's Association 72 hours before arrival at the pilot station
Ship to Shore Communication
Communication is vital for the safe navigation and management of ships, this is true for communications within a ship as well as for ship-to-shore communications
China: MSA Guidance on "Implementation Scheme of 2020 Global Marine Fuel Oil Sulphur Cap" announced on 23 October 2019
Members are referred to Huatai Circular PNI1907 which sets out in some detail MSA China's implementation scheme for compliance with IMO Sulphur 2020.
China's "New" Export Control Law
On 17 October 2020, the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (SCNPC) passed the Export Control Law of the People's Republic of China (the "ECL") and the same entered into force on 1st December 2020
China: Notice of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Areas on adjusting the system of summer fishing ban
We have received the following update from our local correspondent in China.
The UK Club's local correspondent has informed the Club of China's revised maritime traffic safety law, which will come into effect on September 1st 2021.
Chinese New Year 2021
Thomas Miller staff would like to wish all Club Members and friends a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year
Ice Condition in Northern Chinese Ports
UK Club correspondents Oasis P&I have provided the following circular on sea ice conditions at Northern Chinese ports
The UK Club has recently been made aware of new measures put in place at Chinese ports in an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19, in particular the Indian variant.
China: Shanghai MSA issued a Safety Notice on inspection on propulsion and auxiliary machinery
Following the collision in the deep water channel of Changjiangkou (CJK) area, Shanghai Maritime Administration (the "Shanghai MSA") has issued a Safety Notice to urge all ships to undertake thorough propulsion and auxiliary machinery detection prior to departure from the berth or arrival in the restricted waters.
The below information received from UK Club Correspondents Wang Jing and Co, providing updated safety guidelines for the prevention of collisions between merchant vessels and fishing vessels as released by China MSA.
UK Club Correspondent Huatai Marine have issued a new Circular outlining the stricter epidemic control on boarding personnel at the port of Guangzhou
New revised People's Republic of China (PRC) law on the prevention and control of environmental pollution by solid wastes ("the law") - Effective 1st September 2020"
Covid-19 control measures at Chinese ports
Recently, Chinese ports are strengthening epidemic prevention and control measures on vessels having changed crew overseas within 14 days, especially for Pilipino seafarers or vessels that have changed crew members in the Philippines.
1155 - 08/18 - Fish Farm Claims in China
UK Club Correspondents Huatai have confirmed 71 Allision incidents involving Chinese fish farms and ships entered with International Group Clubs in 2017. Lanshan recorded the vast majority of these incidents.
The UK P&I Club have received the following circular from local correspondents Huatai, alerting Members to the amended Discharge Standard for Water Pollutants from Ships (the "Standard") which became effective from 1 July 2018.
China MSA Implements Special Safety Inspections for Ships Entering the Qingdao Water Areas from 20 April to Mid-June 2018
The UK Club has received the following circular from correspondents in China advising that the China MSA is bringing in Special Safety Inspections for ships entering or intending to enter the Qingdao Water areas for navigation, berthing and operations for a limited period starting 20 April to mid-June 2018.
Legal Update: China - Measures for Supervision and Management of Ship Ballast Water and Sediment - in force from 22 January, 2019
We would like to draw Members' attention to the attached Circular PNI1902 - Measures for Supervision and Management of Ship Ballast Water and Sediment.
Chinese New Year
Thomas Miller staff would like to wish all Club Members and friends a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year.
Legal Update: 2018 HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules - in effect from 1st November 2018
The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre ("HKIAC") completed a comprehensive revision of its Rules at the end of last year. The 2018 HKIAC Rules, hereafter "the New Rules", came into effect on 1st November 2018. They are accompanied by a Practice Note on the Appointment of Arbitrators ("Practice Note") which came into effect on the same day.
Collision between "CMA CGM FLORIDA" and "CHOU SHAN" - PRC Supreme Court rules that non-spilling ship is liable for pollution damage
On 19 March 2013, MV "CMA CGM Florida" (CCF) collided with MV "Chou Shan" (CS) in the estuary of the Yangtze River, resulting in a serious rupture to the hull of CCF followed by a substantial bunker oil spill into the sea.
QCR Winter 2017:Clarification of Owner's duty to exercise due diligence under the Hague Visby Rules in the context of a main engine breakdown.
Clarification of Owner's duty to exercise due diligence under the Hague Visby Rules in the context of a main engine breakdown.
The International Group (IG) has liaised further with the China MSA, and with various ship pollution response organisations (SPROs), Shipowners and other interested parties in order to clarify a number of issues and to work towards ensuring, so far as possible, that there are suitable contractual arrangements in place to permit Members to be able to comply with the Regulations as easily and efficiently as possible.
Additional special safety and security inspection required for ships calling for Xiamen Port from 1 June 2017 to 5 September 2017.
The UK Club has received the following update from lawyers Wang Jing and Co, regarding an additional special safety and security inspection required for ships calling for Xiamen Port from 1 June 2017 to 5 September 2017.
A permanent fishing ban in all 279 aquatic reserves along the Yangtze River has begun, as China races to revive the flagging ecosystem of its largest river.
Special regulatory and control measures are to be taken on the Yangtze river in China, from 00:00hrs 12.10.2017 until 24:00hrs 26.10.2017.
China SPROs Updated IG FAQs - 8 January 2014
The International Group FAQs in respect of China's pollution regulations have been revised at 8th January 2014 and replace the previous edition
The Club has been informed of a rise in the number of attempted thefts from Vessels in the anchorage of Tianjin Port, China
The Club has recently been notified by our correspondent in China, Huatai, of Typhoons "HATO" and "PAKAR", which landed in southern China on 23rd and 27th August 2017 respectively.
On Nov 3, 2017, Hainan MSA issued a Notice on Implementation Scheme of Ship Pollution Control to enhance the supervision and management of prevention and control of ship pollution in the area of Hainan province, including the coastal ports of Yangpu, Haikou, Sanya and Basuo as well as the Qiongzhou strait. The UK P&I Club have received the following update from its local correspondents on the issue.
The People's Republic of China ratified the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 ("MLC") on 12 November 2015, which was the 68th State to ratify the Convention. The Convention came into force in China on 12 November 2016, one year after the ratification.
Hong Kong office closure- Monday 12th June
Please note the Hong Kong offices is closed today due to a Typhoon.
Please note the Hong Kong office is closed today due to a Typhoon.
The Club have received the following NATO request for ship operators to report any instances of GPS or AIS interference in the Mediterranean.
The Club have been advised of Member vessels being detained by the Indonesian Navy whilst anchored in Indonesian territorial waters. Many of these detentions are occurring in vessels anchored in waters around the island of Bintan, in the Eastern portion of the Singapore Straits.
Asian Gypsy Moth - Update
The UK P&I Club have received the following update from local correspondents, PICC, regarding the high risk season for Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM).
Since 24 types of solid waste were added on to the import ban list on August 10, 2017, the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Ministry of Commerce and two other Ministries of China jointly issued the announcement of the Amendment on Administrative Catalogue of Waste Importation on April 13, 2018. Read more from the UK Club correspondents in the attached Circular.
Vessels entering Suzhou and Nantong ECA Area in Yangtze River Delta ECA to use fuel with sulphur content not exceeding 0.5% m/m as from 1 October 2018
Legal Update: China and Hong Kong: Mutual Assistance in Court-ordered Interim Measures in Aid of Arbitration Proceedings
Hong Kong and China have agreed new measures to allow parties to an arbitration seated in one jurisdiction to attach assets in the other jurisdiction pending an award. This is an important extension to arbitration proceedings of measures previously restricted to litigants before Hong Kong and Chinese courts. It also reflects the increasing use of Hong Kong as a forum for arbitration.
The UK Club's Correspondents in China, Huatai Insurance Agency & Consultant Service Ltd, would like to alert Members to recent cases where crewmembers onboard ships were required to perform antibody testing in addition to NAT (swab) tests prior to entering shipyards in Shanghai and Zhoushan.
Further to their recent Circular Ref No: PNI  05 bringing to our attention China MSA's version 2.0 of their "Guidance on the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 on board", the Club's Correspondents, Messrs Huatai Marine, have now issued a new Circular Ref No: PNI  06 providing Members with the latest update on crew changes in Chinese ports.
After the fishing bans to the types of Truss-trawl for shrimp, cage and pot, gill net, light-seining(lift) net were firstly lifted on 1 August 2020, the fishing bans of the other primary fishing types in the Chinese waters 26° 30′ North, including the Taiwan Strait, Qiongzhou Strait, South China Sea, etc., will be lifted at 1200 hrs on 16 Aug 2020.
Supreme Court of China published Judicial Interpretation on Crew Issues Arising During Trials
To encourage consistency in court rulings on crew related issues, the Supreme Court of China published on 27 Sep 2020, its "Judicial Interpretation Regarding the Trial of Crew Members Related Cases" which comprises of 21 articles.
Update: China opens up 10 ports for foreign crew change and implements circuit-breaker mechanism
The ports concerned have been busy putting in place the necessary measures for conducting crew change operations in compliance with the requirements laid down by the authorities
It is reported by Chinese media that foreign crew change operations will resume in ten Chinese ports
The UK Club have received the following circular from local correspondents Huatai, regarding stricter regulation on solid waste importation in China from 2018.
Circular 10/20: New revised People's Republic of China (PRC) law on the prevention and control of environmental pollution by solid wastes - Effective 1st September 2020
A new revision to the PRC Law on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Wastes (new Revision) becomes effective on 1st September 2020
Due to a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in China linked to vessels arriving at Chinese ports following crew changes, the local Customs Authority has introduced enhanced procedures for testing crew members for Covid-19 when vessels call at Chinese ports
QCR Winter 2020: Bright Shipping ltd v Changhong Group (HK) Ltd (the "CF Crystal" and the "Sanchi")  HKCA 1062
Collision at sea within EEZ of PRC - Forum non conveniens - Whether Hong Kong proceedings should be stayed in favour of Shanghai Maritime Court.
To promote safety and avoid maritime pollution, the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) has issued this shipping notice laying out the mandatory procedures for the transfer of oil and other substances.
Advice For Masters Proceeding To Chittagong Outer Anchorage To Carry Out Ship-To-Ship (STS) Transfer Operations
The UK P&I Club have received the following bulletin from local correspondents Interport Maritime Ltd, regarding ship-to-ship transfer operations in Chittagong.
1127 - 03/17 - ECDIS Performance Check
The International Hydrographic Organization has issued a bulletin on ECDIS Performance Checks
The Club has received the below guidance from the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations in relation to the escalation of attacks and approaches in and around the Bab El Mandeb Strait
Insight Course- Asia
The Thomas Miller Hong Kong office held an "Insight" course on P&I and Defence cover on 29th & 30th September 2016 as a direct response to requests for member training. Delegates included members and brokers from Hong Kong, the Philippines and Korea and also a guest from Zambia, Daniella Smal, who is this year's Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year, an award sponsored by the TT Club.
Notice of China MSA under the Ministry of Transport on Carrying out Special Safety Supervision Work on Ships entering Xiamen
The UK P&I Club have received the attached MSA notice regarding special safety supervision work on ships entering Xiamen.
Low Sulphur Fuel Requirement from 01.01.2018
The attached PDF Circular from the UK Club Correspondents details how all Ports within the three ECAs in China will be implementing the Low Sulphur Fuel Requirement from 01.01.2018.
Hong Kong will introduce their own regulation to require vessels plying Hong Kong waters to use cleaner fuel from January 2019 to complement the efforts under the PRC's Ministry of Transport's action plan for the Hong Kong, Macau and PRD (Pearl River Delta).
UK Club correspondents have issued a circular on the low Sulphur fuel requirement to be implemented in all ports within Zhejiang ECA, China which include Ningbo, Zhoushan, Jiaxing, Taizhou, etc. from 1st Sep 2017.
The Club has recently been notified through various sources about a newly enforced Yellow Fever quarantine requirement for individuals, vessels and cargo entering into China from certain countries as announced by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) website Announcement No. 11/2018, dated 19th January 2018.
China ECAs Summary
From 1st January 2017, all the key ports (i.e. Tianjin, Qinhuangdao, Tangshan, Huanghua, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Zhuhai, Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan, Suzhou and Nantong ) within the three China ECAs will implement the low sulphur bunker requirements. Please see attached the latest circular published by Huatai Insurance Agency & Consultant Service Ltd.
Zika virus update- March 17
The MEC is no longer required for vessels calling from Zika affected countries/areas.
This document considers an incident presented to the English High Court in 2002, in which the link between the passage plan and seaworthiness was not used for determining if the vessel was seaworthy, unlike that of the CMA CGM Libra in 2020
1150 - 05/18 - Mandatory adoption of mass flow metering system for distillates delivery in the Port of Singapore
Members may recollect previous bulletin by the Club which covered developments in bunkering in Singapore. The Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA ) had mandated that all Marine Fuel oil delivery in Singapore after the date of 01 January 2017 was to take place with the use of Mass Flow metering (MFM) system.
The Club is pleased to bring you the second in our "Inside Ship" video series, this time focusing on the action needed on the bridge when steering gear fails
Vessels in Yangtze River Delta ECA to use fuel with sulphur content not exceeding 0.5% m/m as from 1 October 2018.
Helen Huang - Senior Claims Executive from Thomas Miller's Hong Kong office provides an introduction to China's marine oil pollution laws with a discussion on the relevant International Conventions, China's domestic laws and Ship Pollution Response Organisations (SPROs).
The UK Club has received the following update from Oasis P&I Services Company Ltd., regarding breach of low-sulphur fuel requirements in ECA in China.
China - Bulk Cargo Shortage at Loading Port
Our local correspondents in China, Huatai Marine, have provided the following update on cases where a claim is made for shortage on the ground of short loading at the loading port, despite the shortage of discharged quantity not exceeding 0.5%.
China - Covid-19 nucleic acid tests compulsory for crew joining vessels calling at Chinese ports
On 24 September, the Chinese Ministry of Transport, General Administration of Customs, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs jointly issued an Announcement (Announcement of the Ministry of Transport No
Prolonged waiting periods of vessels carrying Australian coal to China: Cargo hazards and precautions while waiting to discharge coal
The Club has recently been notified of an increase in Port State Control (PSC) detentions experienced by Singapore ships, due to sewage treatment plant defects.
Korean Golf Day 2018
The Club held a golf day in Korea for members and brokers on Friday 13th April. The day was hosted on the Jack Nicklaus designed Ocean Course at the Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon by Andrew Jones, Asia Pacific Regional Director, and James Petrie Underwriting Director for Korea.
China - Introduction of Ship Routing System and Ship Reporting System in the Minjiang River Estuary of Fuzhou Port - from 1 June 2019
China MSA has issued a Notice on the implementation of a Ship Routing System and a Ship Reporting System in the Minjiang River Estuary of Fuzhou Port for the purpose of enhancing traffic efficiency and ensuring safety of navigation in the Fuzhou water area.
Draft Limitation at Santos
Members are advised that until further notice, the Harbour Master (Port captaincy) Santos has reduced the maximum draft at the entrance to the port from 13.20 metres to 12.30 metres. The Club will provide updates as the situation develops.
The UK Club has received the following update from correspondents, Omur Marine, regarding regulation of marine traffic in Turkish Straits.
The UK Club have received the following update from Ersoy Bilgehan, regarding inactive vessels in Turkish waters.
We are pleased to report that Canada has at the end of last year adopted the Polar Code
1124 - 02/17 - Ice Campaign within Azov Sea
The Club has recently been informed that the Ice Campaign within the Azov Sea has come into force as of 3rd February 2017. Member's attention is to be drawn to the below advice from our local correspondent.
NYA International has produced, exclusively for the UK P&I Club, the latest intelligence regarding Naval mines off the coast of Yemen.
The Club has received information that on 29th July & 12th August 2017 a small explosive-laden remotely piloted craft (ERPC) had been utilised in and around the Port of Mocha, Yemen.
The UK P&I Club was recently invited to take part in a seminar for the officers of Members TMS Bulkers Ltd. Senior Loss Prevention Advisor Captain Anuj Velankar represented the Club, taking part in talks and interactive workshops.
ECM Client Alert 25-2018: Updated IMO List of National Contact Points & SOPEP/SMPEP Annual Review
The UK Club have received the following client alert from ECM Maritime Services, regarding the updated IMO list of national operational contact points, as well as the SOPEP/SMPEP annual review.
Legal Article: The Northwest Passage - What is its status under the international law of the sea?
Global warming has increased the potential for commercial shipping as the Arctic ice progressively melts. Canada maintains that the Passage is part of its internal waters and that no right of innocent passage exists within it, whereas the United States of America believes the Passage is an international strait where the right of transit passage exists.
Traffic restrictions at Venezuelan ports
The UK Club have received the attached circular from correspondents GLOBALPANDI, regarding traffic restrictions in Venezuelan ports.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued an updated list of national operational contact points dated July 31, 2018.
New approach to effective detention of ships in the Ukrainian ports taken by the Ecological Inspection
The UK P&I Club have received an update from local correspondents, Dias Marine Consulting, regarding detention of ships in Ukrainian ports.
UK Club Live Webinar (Series 15): Navigating in River (Dire) Straits - Collisions and Groundings
The UK P&I Club recently held a Webinar on the subject of confined navigation, particularly in rivers such as the Mississippi and Paraná; more information and a recording of the Webinar is now available
UK P&I CLUB LIVE WEBINAR (Series 6): Legal aspects of Passage Planning and Bridge Resource Management_FINAL
In a recent decision on the CMA CGM Libra, the Court of Appeal held that defects in passage planning, could render a vessel unseaworthy.
China ECA'S update
China MSA have strengthened enforcement of the low sulphur fuel regulation (with sulphur contents no more than 0.5%) at all 11 core ports since 1 January 2017.
China - Time Bars
The General Principles of Civil Law of China provides that a general 2-year time bar is applicable for civil claims (Art. 135, The General Principles of Civil Law). The time bar starts counting from the day on which the claimant knows or ought to know that his right is infringed (Art. 137, The General Principles of Civil Law). Under no circumstance should a People's Court support a claim which has exceeded 20 years from the date when the right is infringed.
Update on low sulphur fuel requirement to be implemented in all ports within Yangtze River
Low sulphur fuel requirements were implemented in all ports within the Yangtze River from 1st September 2017. The UK P&I Club have received the following update from its local correspondents on the issue.
Brazilian Soya Beans Destined to China
The UK Club have received the following update from correspondents van Herp & Frumento (P&I Services) Ltda, regarding Brazilian soya beans destined for China.
China launches CIC for ageing bulk carriers
The China Maritime Safety Administration (China MSA) announced the launch of a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) focusing on large bulk carriers of more than 10,000 gross tonnage (GT).
South Korea - notice of amendment to the regulations on the imposition and collection of oil spill response costs
The Club has been advised by our local correspondents that the Korea Coast Guard (former Ministry of Public Safety and Security) issued a notification stating that they have amended the regulations on the imposition and collection of oil spill response costs on 30th June, which will take effect on 1st September 2017.
The Ministry of Transport ("MOT") of China has issued a formal notice on the revision of its Provisions on Prevention of Marine Environmental Pollution Caused by Ships and Their Related Operations.
From 1 September 2017, in Jiangsu and Zhenjiang provinces, the requirement of all ships at berth (1 hour after arrival and before departure are excluded) using low sulphur bunker (not exceeding 0.5%mm) is geographically expanded from the major ports to all ports within these two provinces.
UKMC Climb 2017
The 31st UK Club Korean Mountain Climb took place on Saturday 23rd September 2017 on Acha Mountain, located within Eastern Seoul about 13km from city hall.
China ECAs - Members are reminded that from 1 January, 2019, all seagoing ships sailing in Chinese territorial waters will need to use fuel with a sulphur content of no higher than 0.5% m/m
In order to implement the amendment to The Prevention and Control of Solid Waste Law, the Chinese government announced the complete ban of imports of solid waste from January 1, 2021.
UK Club Correspondent Huatai Marine have provided the below Circular (available in both English and Chinese)
ECM Client Alert 10-2017: Panama Canal Advisory A-15-2017 - Modification to Fuel Requirements in Canal Waters
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has issued a new Advisory A‐15‐2017 which clarifies certain issues relating to requirements under the ACP's fuel regulations for all vessels transiting the Panama Canal.
1131 - 06/17 - PSC CIC Navigation
The MoUs of Paris and Tokyo will carry out a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Navigational Safety from September to November 2017.
The Panama Canal Authority issued and released the attached Advisory to Shipping No. A-04-2017 regarding manoeuvring requirements in Panama Canal waters.
The UK Club have received the following circular from the UAE Federal Transport Authority, regarding the conditions on oil and products cargoes operations in UAE ports, territorial waters and in the exclusive economic zones with immediate effect.
Members are advised that there will be temporary restrictions in place in the vicinity of Sentosa Island during the planned summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Members are referred to the Alert issued by the Association on 21/04/2017 relating to the Panama Canal Advisory A-15-2017: Modification to Fuel Requirements in Canal Waters.
Reference is made to the most recent update from the Club, giving notification of the new tariff for pollution fines in Turkish waters. Particular attention should be given to the fact that these administrative fines imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, pursuant to the Turkish Environmental Code (EC), are drastically increased in comparison to previous tariffs.
The UK Club has received the attached circular from the Port of Fujairah Marine Department, regarding a recent ban on open loop scrubbers within the port.
China has ratified the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks 2007 and the Convention will enter into force in China from 11 February 2017. The Chinese MSA published a notice on the application procedure for WRC Certificates.
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.
China Ratifies the Wreck Removal Convention
China has ratified the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks 2007 and the Convention will enter into force in China from 11 February 2017.
The UK P&I Club have received the following update from Oasis P&I Services, on the implementation of a ban on the transportation of highly toxic chemicals in the Yangtze River basin in China
These Guiding Opinions will be of assistance to all Members trading to or from China, or who are currently involved in litigation proceedings in China.
This Legal Briefing provides a quick overview of the cabotage regimes in Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Peru and the United States, highlighting the restrictions, the exceptions, and penalties for violating these regulations.
The following table lists countries which have imposed bans on vessels fitted with open-loop SOx scrubbers calling at their ports, and on the discharge of washwater from these scrubber systems within their port waters.
Risk Focus: Consolidated 2017
With its team of risk assessors, the UK Club is in a unique position to gather data and target areas of risk onboard ships.