• After the casualty - Gard’s role in disposal of wrecks

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    INSIGHT

    10 OCT 2018

    Ships can end their life cycle due to old age or their lives can be cut short violently by catastrophic events like groundings, collisions, cargo explosion and fire.  Scrapping or recycling of ships after reaching the end of their operational lives will normally be a matter for the owners to arrange. Gard is however, intimately involved in wreck removal operations required by authorities following a casualty. Here we review the considerations and choices Gard makes when confronted with disposal of entered vessels.

  • 11/2018: Continuing warranty of seaworthiness

    MEMBER CIRCULAR 11/2018

    08 OCT 2018

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    Gard is aware that, from time to time, Members have been offered contractual terms with counterparties that require the shipowner to provide a continuing warranty of seaworthiness for the entire duration of the voyage. Should this situation arise, the Club would urge Members to exercise caution before entering into contract terms since such a warranty could prejudice their P&I cover. 

  • 10/2018: New charterparty clause promoting the use of the Inter-Club New York Produce Exchange Agreement 1996, as amended September 2011

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    08 OCT 2018

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    In light of the recent London arbitration which found that the charterparty clause promoting the use of the Inter-Club New York Produce Exchange Agreement (ICA) only incorporated the liability provisions of the ICA and not the requirement to provide security as contained in clause 9 of the 2011 Agreement, the International Group has amended the recommended charterparty clause wording issued in 2016 in order to take account of this recent finding and to encompass the 2011 Agreement requirement for security to be provided. 

  • US EPA delays introduction of new VGP requirements until March 2019

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    05 OCT 2018

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    Updated 12 October 2018

    While waiting for the new VGP to be finalised, operators must file a Notice of Intent with EPA prior to 18 December 2018 in order for vessels to continue to operate under their current VGP also after this date.

  • Do not wait too long before installing BWM systems

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    02 OCT 2018

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    Shipowners waiting until 2022 to retrofit ballast water management systems may face difficulties, warns major classification society.