Tuesday, 8th October 2019

Comité Maritime International (CMI) Colloquium, Mexico City - International Group participation

The International Group was honoured to participate and present at the CMI’s colloquium held in Mexico City, from 30th September to 2nd October, in collaboration with the Mexican Maritime Law Association.  

The colloquium brought together maritime lawyers and law associations from across the globe to discuss important maritime law matters of the day.  At the CMI’s request, the Group presented to the colloquium on a panel addressing whether it is time for the Latin American countries to ratify the IMO’s framework of maritime liability and compensation regimes.  The Group was able to bring a unique perspective to this question since the P&I cover provided by the Group Clubs underpins these regimes and the Group Clubs are the primary issuers of the financial guarantees issued for the purposes of the regimes.  The Group also reported to the CMI’s Polar Regions Working Group (WG) that met during the colloquium as the Group chairs the WG’s Antartica subgroup that is considering the legal regime in the event of ship sourced pollution in waters surrounding Antarctica.  The Group’s participation throughout the week was warmly received and the Group looks forward to the next CMI event in Tokyo in October 2020.

18 Jun 2020

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.