Friday, 21st February 2020

International Group Circular – Regulations of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on Spill Response

The International Group Clubs have issued a circular on the Regulations of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on the Prevention and Control of Marine Pollution from Ships (the Regulations) and which will become effective on 1st March 2020. There are no material changes to the existing spill response requirements in the PRC as a result of the Regulations, although the Circular sets out the ships that will not now need to contract with a spill response organisation (SPRO) when entering a Chinese port. The Group has reviewed the existing IG recommended SPRO Agreement wording in light of the Regulations and, at present, it is recommended that Owners continue to sign SPRO Agreements on the existing Group recommended wording. The circular recommends that Owners entering into new SPRO arrangements continue to ensure that the SPRO also provides an accompanying response tariff (which can be checked with the Club) but, if they are in any doubt about the contract and SPRO tariff, then it is recommended that they contact their Club before contracting with any SPRO. A copy of the circular can be downloaded from individual Club websites.

13 Apr 2021

Guidelines for the Carriage of Seed Cake in Containers

An updated version of the “Guidelines for the Carriage of Seed Cake in Containers” is jointly published today by the International Group and CINS (the Cargo Incident Notification System).
03 Mar 2021

Safety animation to help prevent the loss of life in enclosed spaces onboard ships

Too many lives are lost unnecessarily when seafarers or shore-based personnel enter enclosed spaces on board ships. The International Group has collaborated to produce a safety training animation that draws attention to the risk of entering such spaces without first taking preventive and protective measures.