An important element of a vessel's seaworthiness is its ability to resist the ingress of sea water into internal spaces. Yet members are continuing to experience high value cargo damage claims relating to the ingress of water in cargo holds. UK P&I Club risk assessor David Nichol examines the problem and advises on loss prevention measures.
Stowaways onboard ships can often be a cause of significant costs for shipowners. Amanda Hastings, UK P&I Club Claims Executive, reviews shipowners' liabilities and advises on the relevant actions to take to reduce incidents of stowaways.
27 October 2015, London - The UK P&I Club ('the Club'), one of the leading providers of protection and indemnity insurance, agreed at its Board meeting on 26th October 2015 that the General Increase for the 2016 renewal will be 2.5%.
The Polar Code is expected to take effect on 1 January 2017 via amendments to the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) and MARPOL (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Conventions. The Polar Code also includes recommendations and guidelines relating to the mandatory portions of the Code.
Accidents relating to entry into enclosed spaces have resulted in a large number of deaths of both ship and shore personnel so far this year. David Nichol, UK P&I Club risk assessor, reviews enclosed space incidents and his suggestions for safer working practices.