• 18/2016: Amendments to the Rules 2017

    MEMBER CIRCULAR 18/2016

    18 JAN 2017

    This Circular outlines the amendments to the Rules for Ships and the Rules for Mobile Offshore Units of both Assuranceforeningen Gard - gjensidig – and Gard P. & I. (Bermuda) Ltd  which will enter into force at noon GMT on 20 February 2017.

  • 17/2016: International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments 2004 and US Ballast Water Management Regulations

    MEMBER CIRCULAR 17/2016

    13 JAN 2017

    The IMO’s International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 will enter into force on 8 September 2017. Under the Convention, all ships engaged on international voyages will be required to manage their ballast water and sediments to a certain standard, according to a ship-specific BWM plan, approved by the Member’s Flag Administration. All ships will also have to carry a ballast water record book and an international BWM certificate. The United States (US) is not a State Party to the Convention but has its own requirements. This Member Circular contains information on the BWM Convention itself and details of the US requirements. 
  • Carriage of palm kernel shells

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    INSIGHT

    06 JAN 2017

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    Palm kernel shells are commonly perceived as a “non-hazardous” cargo, however a number of recent incidents have demonstrated that this cargo can be a hazard to the ship and its crew.

  • Gard Alert: Pilot transfers – still a risky business

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    ALERT

    03 JAN 2017

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    IMPA’s safety campaign draws attention to shipowners’ responsibility to provide compliant pilot ladder arrangements and to ensure that the transfer process is undertaken in line with SOLAS.

  • Gard Alert: Chinese ECA reminder

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    ALERT

    20 DEC 2016

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    From 1 January 2017 ships calling at all eleven key ports in China must use fuel with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.50 per cent whilst berthed.