The Club has been recently advised of frequent rain in Surigao, Philippines and unsafe, wet nickel ore cargo being presented for loading.
The Association was recently advised of a number of incidents of white powder deposits being found on food cargoes carried in refrigerated containers.
In 2016, the SOLAS convention on enclosed space entry was amended requiring all ships to carry portable atmosphere testing equipment on board. The regulation aimed at protecting seafarers who need to enter enclosed spaces entered into force on 1st July 2016.
The Club would like to alert Members with ships entering Canadian waters that Transport Canada have issued a bulletin stating that marine safety inspectors have begun verifying compliance with the 0.1% sulphur content requirements for marine fuel used on vessels, subject to the North American Emission Control Area (NAECA) of the MARPOL Convention.
‘Can test’ can save lives
Over the past decade, at least 100 seafarers are known to have lost their lives due to bulk cargoes liquefying at sea. More tragic still is that the deaths could have been prevented if a simple test had been carried out and acted upon before the ships left port. These seven videos, which UK P&I Club has produced in partnership with global cargo experts Minton Treharne & Davis (MTD), explain what a can test is and what it looks like in practice.
The Association has been recently advised of an incident involving self-ignition of charcoals in a container shipped from Namibia.
The second part of a series of Bulletins which cover new rulings by the FDA in the United States concerning changes to the transport of food.
US Coast Guard: Nontank Vessel Response Plans – Frequently Asked Questions - December 2nd 2013
The US Coast Guard has published a booklet of FAQs titled "Nontank Vessel Response Plans (NTVRP) - Frequently Asked Questions - December 02, 2013". The FAQs are attached here in PDF format. They can also be viewed in the "
OUTLINE: This circular refers to Circular 18/13 United States Vessel Response Plans. Copies of the appropriate MSRC and NRC contracts are attached as PDFs to the website version of this circular. US Coast Guard has issued a set of FAQs on Non Tank Vessel Response Plans (NTVRP).
In a public statement of 8th November, the US Coast Guard Sector Anchorage announced increased enforcement of tank vessel response plan (VRP) requirements including monetary penalties for operators in violation of those federal regulations.
Bulk carriers entered in the UK Club have the lowest number of Port State Control deficiencies when inspected according to the latest edition of "Benchmarking Bulk Carriers" published by Intercargo.
Owners of non-tank vessels calling at US ports will be required to submit their Vessel Response Plan (VRP) by 30th January 2014. This new requirement is being reviewed by the International Group and a more detailed circular will be issued in due course.
Advisory on Final Rule relating to Nontank Vessel Response Plan requirements confirms 30 January 2014 VRP submission date.
The UK P&I Club has revised and reissued the four booklets in its 'Book it Right and Pack it Tight' series. First produced eight years ago, these practical straightforward, well-illustrated, cross-referenced guides have been updated to embrace changes brought in by amendments to the Code.
The UK Club is hosting a specialist forum on the oil and shipping markets for Members, their brokers and other business leaders in Geneva on the 18th June.