Monday, 5th May 2014

IOPC Funds meetings – International Group attendance

The International Group attended and took the lead industry role in the discussions at the IOPC Fund meetings on a range of matters, including the winding up of the 1971 Fund and the definition of “ship” debate. At the meeting, the 1971 Fund Administrative Council agreed with the recommendation of the Director of the Fund to continue towards seeking to dissolve the 1971 Fund by the end of 2014, despite the continued opposition from the Group and the fact that there remain outstanding 1971 Fund cases involving Group clubs.

The Administrative Council was informed at the meeting that the Gard Club, with the full support of the International Group, had commenced legal action in both the English High Court and Venezuela in order to protect their interests with regard to one of the outstanding 1971 Fund cases, given the decision of the Administrative Council to continue to work towards dissolving the Fund by the end of 2014.

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.