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.

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.