There has been recent speculation in the press about the status of the International Group Agreement ("IGA") after 2009.
The Group attended the annual Spring meeting of the 1992 IOPC Fund Executive Committee that was held in Monaco from 11 - 14 March.
To coincide with the current EU Council working group meetings on the CLD and as a joint iniative with the Slovenian presidency a meeting and presentation was arranged for member state transport attaches/representatives in Brussels on 24 January.
The arrangements for the renewal of the International Group general excess loss contract and Hydra programme for 2008/09 have now been finalised.
The Group participated in the “Intergroup on Sustainable Development” lunchtime briefing with Commissioner Borg on the EU Maritime Policy Blue Paper.
The Group participated in the “Intergroup on Sustainable Development” visit to the oil tanker “Young Lady” in dry dock in the port of Antwerp on 20 November.
The Group was invited to participate in the Shanghai International Maritime Forum held in Shanghai on 7 and 8 November.
A joint workshop was organised in Washington with participation by representatives from the Group Pollution Subcommittee, ITOPF and NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) at which the issues of moving more quickly to natural resource damage restoration and the use of modelling in the natural resource damage assessment process were addressed.
The annual autumn meeting of the IMO Legal Committee was held in Panama from 22-26 October.
The Group was invited to make a presentation to EMSA and EU states representatives in Lisbon on insurance issues arising in relation to places of refuge.
The Group was invited to attend the first Seoul International Maritime forum.
The Group was invited to participate during the Legal and Liability Committee session at the annual meeting in Copenhagen of the International Union of Marine Insurance.
The Group was invited to participate in the Law Centre's event on the Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention 2007.
The Group were invited to make a presentation to the staff of the European Maritime Safety Agency in Lisbon on the structure and organisation of the International Group and the benefits that the Group system delivers.
The third meeting of the working group was held during the IOPC Funds meetings held in Montreal from 12 to 15 June 2007.
This document sets out the response of the International Group to the Green Paper on a future EU maritime policy prepared by EU Commissioner Joe Borg.
With effect from noon on 20 February 2007, the individual club retention has been increased from US $6 million to US $ 7 million and the Group general excess of loss reinsurance contract has been restructured.
With effect from 20 February 2007 the Group have implemented a new double retention procedure which may be used in appropriate cases for vessels which have been declined for entry or for which entry has been terminated on the basis of failure to meet minimum acceptable quality levels.
At the Annual General Meeting of the International Group of P I Clubs managers held in London on 14 November, the managers of the 13 member clubs unanimously endorsed and welcomed the election of Peter Spendlove to succeed Alistair Groom as International Group Chairman.
In response to increasing concerns within the Group clubs over failures of FAL container securing systems, the Group Ship Technical Committee chaired by David Heaselden arranged a seminar in London on 24 August attended by representatives from the Group clubs and outside experts.
The report draws heavily on the position paper submitted by the International Group (document 92FUND/WGR.
The limits of liability for oil removal costs and damages that result from discharges or substantial threats of discharge of oil from vessels, under OPA 90 (33 U.
The Group were invited to participate in a training course on the Bunkers Convention organized by REMPEC (Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean) in Malta on 5-7 June.