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Sophia Bullard, Director of UK P&I Club’s Crew Health Programme chats to SAFETY4SEA about the Crew Health Programme for which the Club has been shortlisted for the ‘Initiative’ category.
The P&IQ… an absolute saviour! The material is filled with all the information needed to become a well-rounded and knowledgeable Claims Handler.
On Wednesday 6th June 2018 I attended an anniversary reception held at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. The invite came from Stephen Morgan, MP for Portsmouth, and was for a special reception to mark 200 years of the Sailors’ Society.
A lot is being said about the implications of blockchain technology on the shipping supply chain and the prophesised benefits it will eventually bring to the industry, such as cost and time savings.
Ever heard the phrase “as superstitious as a sailor”? Me either, as it doesn’t exist. HOWEVER, sailors are a superstitious bunch and this week we bring you some of their most interesting apprehensions.
In the day and age of social media and smartphones, good crisis management can save lives, limit damage to the environment, reduce the overall cost of the response, and protect the reputation of shipping companies.
Mental health is an ongoing issue in all walks of life, but in our business we are additionally exposed through the claims we see.
You cannot escape the “Eco trend” that’s taking over. It is no longer an option to be naïve about the impact you are having on the planet, whether that be on a personal or business level.
Fraudulent gastric illness claims have become more and more common in recent times, so it is with great pleasure that we report that we were able to foil one such claim.
In October 2017, the Supreme Court issued its judgment in Taurus Petroleum v SOMO  UKSC 64. The judgment laid down important principles for enforcement of international arbitration awards, especially in regards to Letters of Credit.
I was lucky enough recently to attend the LMAA dinner held in the lovely Drapers’ Hall. The prevalent theme was whether Brexit would have an impact on London Maritime Arbitration and whether London would retain its crown as a key centre for global maritime dispute resolution.
The focus of the shipping industry when it comes to protecting the environment has, for the most part, been on preventing the unintentional discharge of oil and other noxious pollutants into the sea, whilst vessel emissions have been a much less prominent but, many would argue, no less important issue. Times are, however, changing and fast.
Thomas Miller has again hosted its annual Trends in Maritime Claims event in conjunction with the Young Maritime Professionals (YMP).
This week is Nutrition and Hydration Week. Nutrition and Hydration week aims to highlight, promote and celebrate improvements in the provision of nutrition and hydration locally, nationally and globally.
The Court of Appeal has handed down its judgement in the Aqasia, upholding the decision at first instance - to the collective groan of bulker and tanker owners everywhere.
The issue of abandoned cargo is exactly what it says on the tin, cargo that has been abandoned – most commonly (but not exclusively) at the port of discharge.
Is it time for everyone to admit that global warming is upon us? If so, “Act of God” or Foreseeable risk? The more frequent occurrences of natural disasters have certainly led to safety concerns by many ship owners.
When Dylan sang “…you're gonna have to serve somebody…” he was right; however, the recent decisions in The Amity and Sino Channel Asia v Dana Shipping & Trading show, you do need to beware of some potential pitfalls.
Mental health issues are a global concern, and the UK Club continues to see an increase in mental health related claims and enquiries from Members. In order to address these concerns, The Club has been raising awareness on mental health via literature, videos, and charity partnerships.
Dry January is the annual movement through which millions of people give up alcohol for the month of January.
In 2005, Hong Kong finally adopted the 1996 Protocol’s limitation levels, which came into play locally on 3 May 2015. Since then, the negotiations have continued between participating member states on amendments to the limitation levels.
Almost 20 years since the role was introduced, we are about to welcome the third SOSREP – Les Chapman. So what does the SOSREP actually do and how effective has the role been?
The Brookes Bell Sharp End course is a highly esteemed and eagerly awaited trip for those in the shipping industry. With promises of exciting new knowledge, the chance to get up close and personal with a ship and of course some time to get to know your fellow attendees.
Did you know that many old English proverbs and idioms originate from sayings used by seafarers? Here are a few of our favourites…..
OCIMF published the third edition of its Tanker Management and Self-Assessment guide (TMSA3) in April 2017. As of 1 January 2018, this will replace the TMSA2 and tanker owners will be required to follow the new self-assessment procedure.
World Mental Health Day 2017 falls on Tuesday 10th October. The day provides an opportunity for all the major stakeholders working on mental health topics to showcase their work, and highlight the gaps which prevent a positive mental health care environment Worldwide.
World Maritime Day is formally celebrated by the IMO today (28th September) and the theme for this year is “Connecting Ships, Ports and People”.
In honour of one of the most discussed topics of LISW we bring you a thought piece on the move towards autonomous vessels.
Qatar and the restrictions imposed upon it (note – we do not use the word ‘sanctions’!) by several members of the Arab League have caused a lot of distress at the UK P&I and Defence Club in the past few weeks. It turns out that a key difficulty was distinguishing between the wording of the restrictions themselves and how they were actually implemented in practice.
The countdown is on and excitement grows as International Shipping week draws ever closer, a week that is firmly in the diary of all those related to the industry.
Welcome to the first in a series of blogs over the coming months from claims handlers across our global network. We’ll be giving our perspectives on the cities in which we work and their maritime connections!
With the enthusiastic and inevitable march of so called “FinTech” we are increasingly exposed to new ‘concept terms’ which are predicted to permanently settle into our daily vocabulary. They are often hailed as the latest ‘thing’, a breakthrough, which is prophesied by the digital evangelist to adorn the frontline banners of the impending tech revolution.
Apparently Somali pirates are back, or so some news headlines have recently read – but in reality piracy never left Somalia, incidents just dramatically decreased as a result of protection measures and pirates in other parts of the world drew more attention.
Summer is once again upon us and the media coverage surrounding the refugee and migrant crisis in the Mediterranean continues, as do the criticisms of Operation Triton. So has anything really changed since Triton was introduced or do commercial operators still have to step in?
Last week saw the UK Parliament hit by a ‘sustained’ cyber-attack, which centred on identifying weak passwords and exploiting them. This in addition to the recent ransomware attack on several NHS trusts, causing problems in many hospitals in England, highlights how easily seemingly secure systems can be hacked.
As the years have progressed, so has technology. In the not so distant past, computers were a thing of luxury however they now deemed more of a necessity. We are becoming increasingly reliant on this assistance but should it be considered a friend or foe?
The appearance of an employment contract for Chinese seafarers may be innocently straight forward. Ready to sign? Well, think again - the implications between the lines may take you by surprise.
At this year’s NOR-Shipping, ships of the future featured heavily, with several new projects being unveiled.
e-Bills are an ongoing hot topic. So what is all the fuss about?
The issue of incorporation of charterparties into bills of lading is debated by the English courts on a fairly frequent basis; most recently in the Anna Bo (2015) and the Magellan Spirit (2016). So what’s all the fuss about really and how do you avoid getting caught out?
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the Mental Health Foundation is encouraging people to look at mental health from a new angle
To bunker or not to bunker that is the question… if only that were an option! However, unless your ship is propelled by magical fairy dust (or LNG); bunkers will be a pretty integral part of your operation.
What’s in a unit? A measurement by any other name…will probably still result in higher limits…
Shipping is an industry that is notoriously social but if you’re new, it can sometimes all seem a bit daunting. Whether you’re new to the industry or just wanted to develop your network further, London has much to offer the young shipping professional.
A Member approached the Club asking for our help to pursue a claim under a Letter of Indemnity (LOI) issued by a charterer / shipper. LOIs are used all the time – even when, perhaps, they shouldn’t be .
According to the Belgian Court of Appeal, it would seem that Masters of ships must also be Masters of the unknown – on top of all the other job requirements. Odd? Yes – we thought so, too.
Sanctions caused – and continue to cause! – so much uncertainty. With global politics in an all-time turbulent flux, that uncertainty is magnified even further: where have they been lifted? Who is still on the list? Is this an exempted payment? Could they be put back on the list? ... so many questions.