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Can relaxation help you?
Date: 09/11/2018
Author: Sophia Bullard

Crew Health Director Sophia Bullard, introduces the new initiative from the Club in tackling mental health amongst Seafarers,

What lies in Ballast Water?
Date: 09/11/2018
Author: Laura Grant

Claims Executive Laura Grant takes an alternative look at ballast water- by unearthing some of the creatures that are causing mass disturbance as they are transported from their natural habitats

Benefits of ITOPF
Date: 04/10/2018

Many of us in the shipping industry have experienced incidents, dramas or shenanigans over the years that are often hard to remember as time passes.

ICA update: recent developments in the English Courts
Date: 06/09/2018

The ICA, or to give it its full name The Inter-Club New York Produce Exchange Agreement, is an IG approved clause for the apportionment of cargo claims. It aims to provide a mechanism by which claims can be quickly apportioned between owners and charterers without the need for costly or extensive litigation. It also contains provisions for security and time bars for notification of claims.

SAFETY4SEA Awards- An Initiative Crew Health Programme
Date: 19/07/2018
Author: Sophia Bullard

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.

P&IQ Exam
Date: 05/07/2018
Author: Laura Grant

The P&IQ… an absolute saviour! The material is filled with all the information needed to become a well-rounded and knowledgeable Claims Handler. 

Sailors' Society 200th Anniversary Reception
Date: 21/06/2018
Author: Sophia Bullard

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. 

Block(Claim)Chain: A brave new world of claims handling?
Date: 15/06/2018
Author: Filip Koscielecki

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. 

Superstitious Sailors
Date: 08/06/2018
Author: Laura Grant

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. 

Reputation on the rocks
Date: 17/05/2018
Author: George Huxley

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.

Wellness at Sea
Date: 14/05/2018
Author: Laura Grant

Mental health is an ongoing issue in all walks of life, but in our business we are additionally exposed through the claims we see.

Shipping in an Eco World.
Date: 10/05/2018
Author: Laura Grant

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
Date: 03/05/2018
Author: Victoria Brown (VB)

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.

"Show me the money”: Enforcing Arbitration Awards
Date: 26/04/2018

In October 2017, the Supreme Court issued its judgment in Taurus Petroleum v SOMO [2017] UKSC 64. The judgment laid down important principles for enforcement of international arbitration awards, especially in regards to Letters of Credit.

Brexit and the LMAA
Date: 19/04/2018
Author: Lisa Clarke

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.

From Steamships to Greenships.
Date: 13/04/2018
Author: Ben Johnson

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.

UK P&I and Defence take part in Thomas Miller’s Trends in Maritime Claims Event
Date: 22/03/2018

Thomas Miller has again hosted its annual Trends in Maritime Claims event in conjunction with the Young Maritime Professionals (YMP). 

Nutrition and Hydration Week.
Date: 15/03/2018
Author: Sophia Bullard

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.  

Limitation for bulk cargoes: where are we now?
Date: 01/03/2018

 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.

Abandoned Cargo
Date: 22/02/2018
Author: Laura Grant

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.

God Almighty
Date: 15/02/2018

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.

Gotta Serve Somebody: Ensuring your arbitration notice has been correctly served
Date: 08/02/2018

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.

Date: 01/02/2018
Author: Katie Hill

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.

What is Dry January?
Date: 18/01/2018
Author: Sophia Bullard

Dry January is the annual movement through which millions of people give up alcohol for the month of January.

Know your limits!
Date: 11/01/2018

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.

The SOSREP – an introduction and looking to the future
Date: 04/01/2018

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? 

What to expect from a Brookes Bell Sharp End course.
Date: 23/11/2017
Author: Laura Grant

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. 

Sea what I mean?
Date: 16/11/2017
Author: Laura Starr

Did you know that many old English proverbs and idioms originate from sayings used by seafarers?  Here are a few of our favourites…..

OCIMF Tanker Management and Self-Assessment 3 – Are you ready?
Date: 26/10/2017

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
Date: 05/10/2017
Author: Sophia Bullard

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: Connecting Ships, Ports and People
Date: 28/09/2017

World Maritime Day is formally celebrated by the IMO today (28th September) and the theme for this year is “Connecting Ships, Ports and People”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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