Supreme Court of China published Judicial Interpretation on Crew Issues Arising During Trials
To encourage consistency in court rulings on crew related issues, the Supreme Court of China published on 27 Sep 2020, its “Judicial Interpretation Regarding the Trial of Crew Members Related Cases” which comprises of 21 articles.
UK Club correspondents in South Korea have provided the following two updates regarding strict regulations for vessels arriving at South Korea with crew joining from certain countries.
The Club’s correspondents for Ghana has highlighted the recent increase in MARPOL fines levied against vessels calling in Ghana's ports (Takoradi and Tema), particularly with relation to the discharge of sewage.
The Club’s correspondents in Australia, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, advise of an increase in fines for those polluting Australian waters.
Further to their recent Circular Ref No: PNI  05 bringing to our attention China MSA’s version 2.0 of their “Guidance on the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 on board”, the Club’s Correspondents, Messrs Huatai Marine, have now issued a new Circular Ref No: PNI  06 providing Members with the latest update on crew changes in Chinese ports.
Oasis P&I have issued the following update on the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus in China, advising on port operations and measures taken by the authorities to contain the spread of the outbreak.
The following table lists countries which have imposed bans on vessels fitted with open-loop SOx scrubbers calling at their ports, and on the discharge of washwater from these scrubber systems within their port waters.
The Club has recently been notified of an increase in Port State Control (PSC) detentions experienced by Singapore ships, due to sewage treatment plant defects.
Today, more and more jurisdictions are either mandating or encouraging parties in dispute to make attempts to resolve their disputes through alternative dispute resolution forums before commencing proceedings in court.
The UK Club has received the attached circular from the Port of Fujairah Marine Department, regarding a recent ban on open loop scrubbers within the port.
The UK Club has received the attached circular from our local correspondents, Huatai Insurance Agency & Consultant Service Ltd, regarding the prohibition of discharging waste water generated by open-loop exhaust gas cleaning systems (Scrubbers) within Emission Control Areas in China.
Reference is made to the most recent update from the Club, giving notification of the new tariff for pollution fines in Turkish waters. Particular attention should be given to the fact that these administrative fines imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, pursuant to the Turkish Environmental Code (EC), are drastically increased in comparison to previous tariffs.
China ECAs - Members are reminded that from 1 January, 2019, all seagoing ships sailing in Chinese territorial waters will need to use fuel with a sulphur content of no higher than 0.5% m/m
Legal Update: Consolidation of legal precedent on the definition of “carriage” under the Athens Convention
We want to bring to the Member's attention an important clarification of an operators duty, following on from the decision in the case of Jennings – v TUI Cruises, in respect of which we posted a legal update on 7th February 2018. That decision was cemented by a recent successful application for summary judgment, in the case of Dr Sucheta Mahapatra – v – TUI UK Ltd.
ECM Client Alert 25-2018: Updated IMO List of National Contact Points & SOPEP/SMPEP Annual Review
The UK Club have received the following client alert from ECM Maritime Services, regarding the updated IMO list of national operational contact points, as well as the SOPEP/SMPEP annual review.