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.

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.