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.

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.