US Emission Control Areas (ECA), USCG Guidelines for Compliance & Enforcement dated 07.11.2019
Members are referred to ECM Maritime Services LLC’s Client Alert 21-2019 for details of ACP’s updated fuel requirements for vessels anchoring, transiting through and docking at terminals in Panama Canal waters. These requirements will apply from 1 January 2020, in compliance with IMO 2020.
As part of the celebrations, the Club organised a competition, “Investing in a Safer Tomorrow” which challenged a new generation of young seafarers and upcoming shipping professionals from around the world to identity fresh safety initiatives. Over 200 entries were received – the winner and the finalists are honoured here in this commemorative book.
China: MSA Guidance on “Implementation Scheme of 2020 Global Marine Fuel Oil Sulphur Cap” announced on 23 October 2019
Members are referred to Huatai Circular PNI1907 which sets out in some detail MSA China’s implementation scheme for compliance with IMO Sulphur 2020.
Members were recently notified of a new Shore Leave Policy announced by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office in New York to restrict shore leave to crew members in the New York/ Newark port area. The new policy was to have come into effect on 01.11.19.
The Indian Directorate General of Shipping issued Order No.05 of 2019 on 16th October 2019. This order prohibits the use of single use plastic items on board. The requirements apply to all Indian and foreign flagged ships while in Indian territorial waters.
On 31 October, 2019, the IMO updated its “List of National Operational Contact Points Responsible for the Receipt, Transmission and Processing of Urgent Reports on Incidents Involving Harmful Substances, Including Oil from Ships to Coastal States”.
UPDATE: This policy has now been revoked. Please see the latest Club update here.
Reference is made to Huatai's last circular (Huatai Circular--PNI1813 issued in Aug. 2018) on fishery farm claims at Lanshan, China. In order to keep our clients posted with the development of the changes in that sea area, we, from handling cases recently, and from consulting with local Oceanic and Fishery Bureau as well as the village committee of the local fish farmers, sorted out the key information and prepared this circular.
The UK P&I Club has received the following update from Freehill Hogan and Mahar regarding an established winddown period for COSCO.
The International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea, 1996 (“the HNS Convention”) was adopted in May 1996. It is modelled on CLC 1992 but intended to cover damages caused by spillage of hazardous and noxious substances during maritime transportation.
The UK Club have received the following update from Freehill Hogan and Mahar, regarding the United States decision to lift sanctions on Turkey.
The UK Club have received the following client alert from law firm Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers and Consultants, regarding significant amendments to the Turkish Ports Regulation.
The ICC Incoterms rules define the responsibilities of buyers and sellers for the delivery of goods under sales contracts, and determine how costs and risks are allocated between the parties.The ICC published Incoterms 2020 (“the rules”) on 10 September and the terms will come into force on 1 January 2020.
China MSA announces their Implementation Plan of 2020 Global Marine Fuel Oil Sulphur Limits on 23 October 2019
In order to effectively implement the IMO's global regulations on the limits of the sulphur
content of marine fuel oil, China MSA announced the Implementation Plan of 2020 Global
Marine Fuel Oil Sulphur Limits (hereinafter referred to as “The Plan”) on 23 October 2019.
The Plan specifies the requirements on the ships’ use and carriage of fuel oil as well as
alternative measures, reporting of information about the ships’ use and carriage of fuel
oil, disposal of ships’ non‐compliant fuel oil, prior registration of bunker suppliers, as well
as MSA’s supervision and administrative measures, etc. The Plan also includes the format
of the Fuel Oil Non‐Availability Report (Hereinafter referred to as “FONAR”).
QCR Autumn 2019: Obligations of a vessel crossing traffic lanes in a Traffic Separation Scheme under COLREGS and the proper use of VHF radio communications between passing vessels
The “Mount Apo” and the “Hanjin Ras Laffan”  SGHC 57
QCR Autumn 2019: Classic Maritime Inc v Limbungan Makmur SDN BHD & Anor  EWCA Civ 1102
On 5 November 2015, the Fundao dam in Brazil where iron ore is mined, burst, halting production at the mine. Charterers had a long term COA with Owners for shipments of iron ore pellets from two ports in Brazil to two ports in Malaysia. Between July 2015 and June 2016, Charterers failed to provide cargoes under the COA for seven shipments. While Charterers had no defence in respect of the 1st and 2ndshipments, they cited “accidents at the mine” in clause 32 of the COA to excuse themselves from liability in respect of the 3rd to 7th shipments.
The claimant (Mrs McKeever) owned and lived on Creola (a 15m sailing yacht). On 19 March 2014, the yacht ran aground in the Sulu Sea. The hull had not been breached but as the yacht could not be refloated, the claimant abandoned her, having secured and padlocked the hatches.