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.

19 Oct 2020

International Group – Press Release regarding the Crew Change issues arising from COVID-19

The International Group and its 13 constituent P&I Clubs, which are in turn mutually owned and governed by their shipowner and charterer members, have become extremely concerned about the detrimental effect upon the mental well-being of seafarers as a result of the prolongation of their contracts of employment due to the pandemic.
13 Oct 2020

US Oil Pollution California - Increased criminal penalties for oil spill related offences

The International Group Clubs have issued the following circular to their Members advising that new fines will be applicable in California from 1st January 2021 for ship sourced oil pollution damage in Californian State waters.