Tuesday, 10th October 2017

2017 International Group Conference for P&I Correspondents

The fifth International Group Conference for P&I Correspondents was held at the QEII Conference Centre in London on 24-26 September 2017. This proved to be the most popular conference to date, with approximately 560 correspondents attending from 100 countries, as well as more than 100 staff from International Group Clubs.

The agenda was structured around the syllabus of the P&I Qualification and one of the highlights of the Conference was the announcement by the Chairman of the International Group, Hugo Wynn-Williams, that the P&I Qualification will be opened up to listed correspondents from the end of October. A panel of top speakers included the International Group’s Executive Officer, Andrew Bardot, on the role of the International Group; the Chairman of the Correspondents Subcommittee, Garry Stevens, on the history and operation of P&I Clubs in the International Group; and the Director of the IOPC Funds, José Maura, on compensation for oil pollution.

As well as the two days of the Conference, delegates also enjoyed a welcome reception overlooking Westminster Abbey, and a buffet dinner at the International Maritime Organization, where delegates were welcomed with a speech by the Secretary-General.

This 4-minute film gives a good flavour of the Conference for those who weren’t able to attend:

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Updated Industry Guidelines on the Carriage of Seed Cake in Containers

The carriage of Seed Cake cargoes continues to cause confusion and the potential for mis-declaration remains high - with the consequent risk of fire on board container ships. Seed Cake is the term used for pulp, cake, pellets, expellers or other cargo where oil has been removed from oil-bearing seeds, cereals or commodities with similar properties, including all such types of seed meal. It is principally used as an ingredient in animal feeds.
22 May 2020

International Group clubs respond to the US Government sanctions guidance for maritime and related industries.

On 14 May 2020 the US issued a Global Maritime Advisory (“Guidance”) aimed at a range of industry sectors including marine insurers such as P&I clubs, shipowners and charterers.