Circular 8/12: Dangers of carrying Nickel Ore from Indonesia and the Philippines – Mandatory notification requirements
Members must notify the Club at the earliest opportunity if they intend to load nickel ore from Indonesian or Philippine ports, and may prejudice cover if they fail to do so; This circular details the information that needs to be advised to the Club; This information is being compiled to identify those areas, ports & shippers that present particular difficulties, e.g. inaccurate cargo declarations; It remains the Members responsibility to ensure full compliance with the IMSBC Code; Mandatory notification applies only to cargoes of Nickel Ore to be loaded in Indonesia and the Philippines, and not to any other bulk cargoes
The Managers have been made aware that legislation has been passed in Indonesia which purports to place a ban on the expert of minerals from Indonesian ports, unless the shipper has been granted a specific export permit. The cargoes which may be affected include nickel ore, bauxite and iron ore. Reports suggest that ships which are scheduled to load or are in the process of loading ore cargoes may be subject to delays where the exporters of the cargo do not possess the relevant permit.
Complying with China's pollution laws
Updated information was posted this week on the Club website providing information and contact details on over 120 level one oil spill response contractors. Listings for filing agents and nine OSRO consortia are also available. All lists are published in English and Chinese. Since 1 January 2012 ships visiting China are required to contract with an approved oil spill response contractor. Advice and information on complying with the various regulations is collated and updated in the dedicated China pollution area of this website.
Following the resolution adopted by the IAEA Board of Governors on November 18, 2011 ("IAEA Resolution"), the Korean government has announced an additional set of guidelines on December 16, 2011. The attached analysis provides a summary of Korea's new guideline ("Guideline"), and how it is expected to affect the private sector in doing business with Iran. This analysis replaces the earlier material published on the Club website.
New Year changes
Despite the extended Christmas and New Year break, the Knowledge & Developments section of our website provided new information through that period. In addition to the frequent news bulletins on implementation of spill response contractor arrangements in China, there have been loss prevention updates on US west coast air emission controls and our own circular on an SGM for incorporating rule changes into the 2012 Club Rules & Bye-Laws.
A number of local MSAs have now issued their local notices. Here is a brief summary with attachments for information.
South Korea joins UN sanctions against Iran
In accordance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions, the sanctions/measures by international society in particular, the US and EU, which have raised the level of restrictions in an effort to restrict the Iran's suspected nuclear development, the Korean Government has decided to join the international sanctions against Iran.
Editorial: Australia toughens pollution laws
Last week the Australian government passed a bill extending penalty provisions for pollution incidents in their waters. As well as expanding existing offence and civil penalty provisions in the Navigation Act 1912 (Navigation Act) and the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983 (PPS Act). The amendments include new provisions that are expected to take effect from the 18th December 2011.
Flooding in Bangkok area affects shipping
Due to the ongoing threat of flooding in Thailand, shipments to and from the kingdom have been affected. Bulk rice and container shipping have been particularly subject to interruption and delay. Members requiring further information should contact the Club's local correspondent - Spica Services Bangkok
Saudi Aramco has introduced a new practice of sampling ballast water of hydrocarbon tankers that have had one of their last visits to Japan. This action is in line with Saudi Aramco...