Monday, 30th March 2020

Preliminary list of recommendations for Governments on the facilitation of maritime trade during the COVID-19 pandemic

The IMO Secretary-General has today circulated a Preliminary list of recommendations for Governments and relevant national authorities on the facilitation of maritime trade during the COVID-19 pandemic, as proposed by a broad cross section of global industry associations with consultative status at the IMO, including the International Group, and that represent the maritime transportation sector.  The recommendations are issued in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and IMO Member States and international organizations are invited, as appropriate, to make use of the annexed recommendations contained in the following download.

Maritime transport carries around 90% of world trade, so it is vital that Governments facilitate the continuing operation of shipping and ports under their jurisdiction. This in turn permits the marine transport of cargoes so that supply chains are not disrupted and allows the global economy, and society as a whole, to continue to function throughout the pandemic.  It is hoped that these recommendations, as fully supported by the International Group, assist Governments and their relevant national authorities to take a pragmatic and practical approach to the facilitation of shipping and port operations at this difficult time.

Download IMO_Circular_Letter_No.4204-Add.6.pdf
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.