Monday, 6th April 2020

International Group online COVID-19 tracker – launch

The International Group (with particular thanks to the North) has today launched a new publicly accessible online digital tool (dashboard) to assist shipowners, charterers, operators and other parties in the maritime sector track country and port specific advice around the world, detailing the measures being put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  These are uncertain times as the COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for the industry and society at large.

It is important that the most up to date and relevant information on COVID-19 measures taken in different jurisdictions are available and accessible via a single source and in an easy to use format. As such, this interactive tool will allow parties to identify commercial risks and physical threats to shipping around the world and provide live updates as to the number of confirmed cases of the virus, countries at risk and what to look out for.  The tool sources data from all 13 International Group Clubs, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), World Health Organization (WHO) and other leading sources (including Wilhelmsen and GAC), which can also assist ships with chartering, operations and help prepare staff for what to expect when arriving in port.  Access to the dashboard is via the links on the International Group’s COVID-19 page on this website.

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.
20 May 2020

Vessel monitoring and P&I insurance – ship’s Automated Information System (AIS)

The ability to track vessels using their AIS (“Automatic Identification Signals”) has become an increasingly important part of Clubs’ sanctions compliance programmes. All International Group Clubs have now agreed a common minimum standard of tracking.