The UK P&I Club and the TT Club have recently been advised that a consignment of aluminium pellets (or dross) was found at the port of loading with the doors and sides of the container blown out. The terminal arranged for samples of the commodity to be tested by a laboratory, on the basis that there was no evidence that the unit had been dropped during handling.
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.
The third edition of “Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships” has recently been published to provide the maritime industry with updated and enhanced guidance on managing cyber related risks. The new version 3 addresses the requirement to incorporate cyber risks in the ship’s Safety Management System and reflects a deeper experience with risk assessments of operational technology (OT) - such as navigational systems and engine controls. Additional guidance for dealing with the cyber risks to the ship arising from parties in the supply chain is also included.
The European Regulation on Ship Recycling (“ESRR”) was adopted, and entered into force, on 20 November 2013.
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.
New approach to effective detention of ships in the Ukrainian ports taken by the Ecological Inspection
The UK P&I Club have received an update from local correspondents, Dias Marine Consulting, regarding detention of ships in Ukrainian ports.
1159 - 10/18 - Cargo Hold Fires - New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC)
The Club has recently been notified by New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) of a cargo hold fire caused by the lighting system in a vessel hold. Members are advised that alternative LED lighting should be considered, to reduce the potential risk to ship safety posed by lights that radiate high levels of heat.
1158 - 10/18 - New regulations for maritime traffic at Barcelona Port during specific meteorological conditions
The Club has recently been notified by our correspondent in Spain, INDECO Maritime and Transport Services, of new regulations regarding maritime traffic at the port of Barcelona during specific meteorological conditions.
1157 - 10/18 - Cash to Master - Algeria
The Club has recently handled two separate incidents in Algeria where crew members taking cash to the Master of the ship have had the cash confiscated by the Algerian Customs, as well as a fine imposed for twice the amount of the cash value.
The Club has been recently advised of an arbitration award which concerns obtaining counter-security pursuant to Clause (9) of the 2011 Inter-Club Agreement (ICA).
Seafarers, who are often exposed to adverse working conditions with multiple stressors, are a population at acute risk of panic attacks.
The Club has recently been notified by our correspondent in Australia, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, of an increase in fines for those polluting Australian waters.