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Moving towards autonomous vessels.
Date: 21/09/2017
Author: Laura Grant

In honour of one of the most discussed topics of LISW we bring you a thought piece on the move towards autonomous vessels.

Qatari restrictions: tread carefully, not all is as it seems
Date: 14/09/2017
Author: Alexander Gray

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.

Final countdown to International Shipping Week
Date: 07/09/2017
Author: Laura Grant

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.

This is…..London
Date: 18/08/2017
Author: Amanda Hastings

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! 

Unblocking Blockchain & other technology wonders
Date: 10/08/2017
Author: Filip Koscielecki

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.

Somali pirates- back for good?
Date: 28/07/2017
Author: Amanda Hastings

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.

Search and Rescue Operations in the Mediterranean
Date: 20/07/2017
Author: Amanda Hastings

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?

Cyber attack- take action!
Date: 30/06/2017
Author: Amanda Hastings

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.

Technology – friend or foe?
Date: 22/06/2017
Author: Laura Grant

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?

Ahoy! Chinese Sailors Aboard!
Date: 15/06/2017
Author: Sylvia Shi

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.

Ships of the (not so distant) future…
Date: 07/06/2017
Author: Amanda Hastings

At this year’s NOR-Shipping, ships of the future featured heavily, with several new projects being unveiled.

Embracing e-Bills
Date: 01/06/2017
Author: Laura Starr

e-Bills are an ongoing hot topic.  So what is all the fuss about?

Incorporating charterparty terms into bills of lading: don’t get caught out!
Date: 19/05/2017
Author: Amanda Hastings

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? 

Mental Health Awareness Week
Date: 10/05/2017
Author: Sophia Bullard

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the Mental Health Foundation is encouraging people to look at mental health from a new angle

Bunker Supply Contracts
Date: 11/04/2017
Author: Amanda Hastings

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 is a unit?
Date: 11/04/2017
Author: Amanda Hastings

What’s in a unit? A measurement by any other name…will probably still result in higher limits…

How to win friends: The art of networking
Date: 04/04/2017
Author: Amanda Hastings

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.

Letters of Indemnity – are you sure you’re protected ... ?
Date: 29/03/2017
Author: Alexander Gray

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 .

Master required: must have ability to see into the future
Date: 22/03/2017
Author: Alexander Gray

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.

There is no protection from future financial sanctions or is there?
Date: 08/03/2017
Author: Alexander Gray

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.

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