Since early 2019, vessels calling in Dakar have been at an increased risk of Customs fines and/or detention for cargo shortages or overloading.
The UK P&I Club have received the following information from local correspondents, Pandi Liquidadores S.R.L., regarding new regulations for controlling Asian Gypsy Moth when arriving in Argentinian ports.
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
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 UK Club has received the following update from South African correspondents, P&I Associates (Pty) Ltd, regarding South Africa's response to the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Biofouling Standards in New Zealand – Update and advice from the Club’s Correspondents, P&I Services
The Club's local correspondents, P&I Services, have issued the following update on biofouling standards in New Zealand.
U.S. Cuban Policy Update
On June 16, 2017 President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba. In a speech on that date to Cuban-Americans in Miami, President Trump stated that he was immediately cancelling the Obama Administration's "one-sided deal with Cuba". The question is whether this new policy will impact international shipping.
The UK Club has received a number of updates from its correspondent network regarding the decision of a number of countries to cut diplomatic ties to Qatar.
Notice of China MSA under the Ministry of Transport on Carrying out Special Safety Supervision Work on Ships entering Xiamen
The UK P&I Club have received the attached MSA notice regarding special safety supervision work on ships entering Xiamen.
Legal Briefing: Electronic Bills of Lading
We have recently seen many of our Members switching to electronic bills of lading ("eBLs") on some of their trades. The move towards a paperless trade is therefore gaining momentum. The Club is, however, still receiving many questions about eBLs and about the three eBL systems approved by the International Group of P&I Clubs, namely Bolero, essDOCS and e-titleTM. This Legal Briefing provides brief explanations on these three systems and how each of them works.
Australia's Zero Tolerance for Asbestos - New ABF requirements for imports into Australia
The UK Club has received the following update from its correspondents, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, regarding new requirements for imports in Australia.