Monday, 28th April 2014

International Labour Organisation agree amendments to the 2006 Maritime Labour Convention

The International Group participated in the April meeting of the Maritime Labour Convention Special Tripartite Committee (STC) held at the International Labour Organisation.

The IG was part of the International Shipping Federation delegation.

The STC was convened to consider amendments to the MLC 2006.

These were first agreed in principle in 2009 by the IMO/ILO ad hoc Expert Working Group on Liability and Compensation regarding contractual claims for death and injury (MLC Standard 4.2), and abandonment of seafarers including payment of back wages and other entitlements (MLC Standard 2.5).

The International Labour Organisation Conference is likely to approve the amendments which include the introduction of specific liability and financial security provisions regarding contractual claims for injury and death of seafarers and abandonment including arrears of wages and other entitlements. Club Boards will review these new provisions in due course.

The ILO Conference is also likely to agree a Resolution which will see the phasing in of the new provisions from June 2016. Until the new provisions have effect Owners MLC related financial security requirements will continue to be met by their existing Club cover.

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.