In 1914, a single ship passed through the Panama Canal to little fanefare bringing to fruition a multinational effort that began 44 years prior, this article looks at the brief history of the canal and some claims considerations.
The aim of this article is to provide practical advice to both seafarers and shore side personnel, in order to prevent collisions, groundings and further difficult situations for ships.
UK Club Live Webinar (Series 15): Navigating in River (Dire) Straits - Collisions and Groundings
The UK P&I Club recently held a Webinar on the subject of confined navigation, particularly in rivers such as the Mississippi and Paraná; more information and a recording of the Webinar is now available.
Several factors, such as inadequate dredging, ice accumulation, or even scheduled lock maintenance, that impact one part of the system can create ripple effects throughout the maritime system as a whole, resulting in possible vessel damage or shipping bottlenecks.
This document considers an incident presented to the English High Court in 2002, in which the link between the passage plan and seaworthiness was not used for determining if the vessel was seaworthy, unlike that of the CMA CGM Libra in 2020.
The Club is pleased to bring you the second in our "Inside Ship" video series, this time focusing on the action needed on the bridge when steering gear fails.
UK P&I CLUB LIVE WEBINAR (Series 6): Legal aspects of Passage Planning and Bridge Resource Management_FINAL
In a recent decision on the CMA CGM Libra, the Court of Appeal held that defects in passage planning, could render a vessel unseaworthy.
The Club would like to draw Members’ attention to the latest Circular No. 2010 (Updated): Prohibited Areas for Military Exercise in Bohai, Yellow Sea, East Sea and South Sea of China from Late August to the End of September, 2020
Following a number of collisions with fishing vessels, a routeing system was established for southwest Indian waters.
The Mississippi remains difficult to navigate, prone to high water, and thus perpetually awash with high value claims.
The Club’s correspondents, Hyopsung Surveyors & Adjusters Corporation, provides an update on recent designations of ECAs and low speed areas at five major ports in South Korea.
INTERTANKO have recently received reports from Members in relation to uncharted terminals in China ports. Hydrographic inaccuracies and the non-marking of existing terminals on charts pose serious navigational risks and prevent ship Masters from carrying out proper passage planning and risk assessment.
Legal Article: The Northwest Passage - What is its status under the international law of the sea?
Global warming has increased the potential for commercial shipping as the Arctic ice progressively melts. Canada maintains that the Passage is part of its internal waters and that no right of innocent passage exists within it, whereas the United States of America believes the Passage is an international strait where the right of transit passage exists.
The UK Club have received the attached circular from local correspondents Huatai, regarding vessels making contact with fishing nets in Ningde waters in China.
The Club have been advised of Member vessels being detained by the Indonesian Navy whilst anchored in Indonesian territorial waters. Many of these detentions are occurring in vessels anchored in waters around the island of Bintan, in the Eastern portion of the Singapore Straits.
The UK Club has received the attached circular from the Port of Fujairah Marine Department, regarding a recent ban on open loop scrubbers within the port.
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.