04 APR 2019
The global sulphur cap, a MARPOL Annex VI requirement, enters into force on 1 January 2020, less than nine months away. In this short article we provide recommendations for managing the transition where the strategy is to use conventional compliant fuel, that is to transition from HSFO to a low sulphur fuel oil or distillate.
Carriers should ensure that they implement solid and diligent record-keeping routines of what is declared and known about the specific cargo to be carried and of each step taken to care for the cargo. This includes evidence of market practice for the storage and carriage of moisture absorbing cargoes.
Our previous article highlighted the development of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ship (MASS) in Norway and Finland with the YARA BIRKELAND and FinFerries’ FALCO projects. In this article, we focus on the challenges of adapting the existing regulatory regime and traditional marine insurance policy wordings to autonomous vessels.
Technological advances and the need for sustainable solutions at sea, require safe, flexible and adaptable approaches. So, at Gard, we are preparing ourselves by collaborating with Members, clients and the maritime industry to understand the benefits and risks, and to find insurance solutions to meet evolving needs.
During the latest revision of the Nordic Marine Insurance Plan, it was agreed to restrict the war risk cover to politically motivated interventions, with state interventions falling outside the war risk cover included in the marine insurance cover.
Safe and efficient operation of ships require the crew onboard to work as a team. And teams that work best are those where team members feel valued – where they treat each other with dignity and respect.
The marine industry saw a plethora of regulations come into force during 2018 and there is no slowing down in 2019 as regulations related to crew, life and fire safety, environment, cargo, and certification will be implemented in the course of this year.
As discussed in our previous article, the practice of “beaching” vessels at the end of their useful lives is not illegal in all places and for all shipowners. Indeed, far too many commercial vessels are currently dismantled in environmentally unsound and unsafe conditions. Gard’s Manager for Sustainable Business, Live Jacob Sydness, explores a market driven approach to promote sustainable ship recycling.
While the IMO has given shipowners and operators until 2021 to incorporate cyber risk into ships’ safety management systems, cyber criminals are already at work. Data is an asset and protecting it requires a good balance between confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Cyber security depends not only on how shipboard systems and processes are designed but also on how they are used - the human factor.
Gard’s investment team grapples with market movements as does any other institutional investor. Our Senior Investment Risk Analyst, Thor Abrahamsen, shares his thoughts about current market volatility.
As the number and density of fishery farms grow in Chinese waters, they pose an increasing danger to the safe navigation of commercial vessels.
The deadline for complying with the IMO 2020 sulphur requirements is fast approaching. Many shipowners have already made their decision as to how they will comply with the requirements and have mapped their route to SOx compliance. Others are still undecided, and unprepared, as to which of the available options they should select.
MARPOL permits unprocessed food waste to be discharged into the sea from vessels proceeding at a distance not less than 12 nautical miles from the nearest land. Sounds straightforward? Unfortunately, it is not - all coastal states do not define their ‘nearest land boundary’ in the same way.
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.
Quality of sleep can be as important as quantity in reducing fatigue and sleep quality can be affected by sleep disorders. Should owners and crew managers be taking a closer look at the sleep apnea diagnosis and available treatment responses? The answer appears to be a resounding yes!
US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals applies a new test for determining whether an oilfield service contract is a maritime contract.
History is in the making as the world’s first passive ocean cleaning system passes under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge on its way to rid the Great Pacific Garbage Patch of its 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic.
Recent enclosed space incidents serve as a stark reminder that entry into such spaces without following proper procedures can result in seafarers being killed or seriously injured, warns a major flag state.
The marine fuel supply chain is facing renewed challenges. Various port authorities have cracked down on some bunker suppliers and removed their licences. More recently, attempts by some suppliers to blend with cutter stock or shale oil to meet minimum ISO specifications for fuel intended for trading vessels, have resulted in numerous engine breakdowns at sea, due to damaged or blocked fuel injection valves and filters requiring replacement.