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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.
- Our SCI Mountain Challenge team are only $229 away from their goal of $3000 read more about it here: https://t.co/eFenTHY800
- Lessons Learnt: Enclosed Space Fatality read the latest advice from our LP Team https://t.co/BV4Fmnc0dP
- LISC, China Day, organised by CSLA (Chinese Shipowners Association London), Dr Chao Wu spoke on International law a… https://t.co/CoWwyShtbn