• 9/2018: European Union Regulation 2271/96 (Blocking Regulation)

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    09 AUG 2018

    In an attempt to maintain the principles established under the JCPOA framework, to facilitate the continuation of trade activities between European businesses and Iran, and to counteract the extraterritorial effect of U.S. secondary sanctions, the European Union has replaced the annex to Council Regulation (EC) No 2271/96, otherwise known as the Blocking Regulation.

  • West Africa remains a piracy hotspot

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    26 JUL 2018

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    The first six months of 2018 saw a significant rise in the number of recorded piracy and armed robbery incidents in the Gulf of Guinea region compared to the same period in 2017 – with Nigeria topping the list.

  • Port state control to focus on ship emissions

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    25 JUL 2018

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    The agreement by major PSC regimes to conduct concentrated inspection campaigns on compliance with MARPOL Annex VI on the prevention of air pollution from ships serves as a timely reminder ahead of the entry into force of the 2020 global sulphur cap.

  • Hitchhiking bugs can cause a stink in Australia

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    19 JUL 2018

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    In an effort to keep the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug out of the country, Australian authorities heighten their surveillance of vessels arriving from the United States, Japan and certain European countries between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019.

  • Piper Alpha – 30 years since the world’s deadliest offshore catastrophe

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    18 JUL 2018

    This year marks the 30th anniversary of the fire and explosion on the Piper Alpha oil platform in the North Sea. Gard’s predecessors for our marine & energy portfolios, Storebrand and Vesta, were both heavily involved as leading insurers and in this article we look back at the events flowing from the casualty through the eyes of one of the Gard claims superintendents involved at the time.