Monday, 3rd April 2017

UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) signs International Group Large Casualty MOU

The UK is the latest state to sign-up to the International Group large casualty Memorandum of Understanding regarding the response to major maritime casualties and incidents. The MoU is a key element of the International Group Outreach programme, and was developed following the review undertaken in 2012 (and updated in 2016) of major maritime casualties involving removal of wreck operations.

The aim of the MoU is to promote and streamline cooperation between the Group clubs and Maritime Authorities to facilitate expeditious and effective response to major maritime casualties and incidents, particularly those involving actual or potential removal of wreck operations and environmental damage, or the threat thereof.

The MoU is not a legally binding document, and does not override existing international, regional or national arrangements for the handling of maritime casualties. Nor does it override applicable law or statutory rights, duties and obligations. Rather, it is designed to provide a collaborative framework for prompt and efficient handling of casualties. It also provides for joint participation in education and training exercises. South Africa, Australia and New Zealand have already entered into similar MoUs with the International Group, and approaches have been made to and discussions are ongoing with a number of other states.

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.