24 FEB 2020
The Lloyd’s Open Form salvage contract (LOF) has been in use for more than a century. It provides for salvage services on a “no cure-no pay” basis with an award for success based on the values of the property saved. Our guest author, Johnson Chiu, compares the LOF to national salvage forms, BIMCO forms for towage and wreck removal and ISU forms. He concludes that the LOF will remain an important contract when the crew, the ship and the environment are in imminent peril yet technology and communication advances make consideration of other contracts attractive to shipowners for minor casualties that do not immediately put the crew, vessel or environment at risk. We thank Mr. Chiu for his contribution to Insight and remind our readers that the author’s views are his own.
18 FEB 2020
Recent attention has been focused on the reduction of the global sulphur cap from 3.50% to 0.50% - but don’t forget there are lower sulphur level requirements in designated MARPOL emission control areas and areas defined by regional governmental entities. Here is a round-up of such areas.
13 FEB 2020
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The COVID-19 (novel coronavirus 2019) outbreak is a headline news story. At the moment, 99% of all confirmed cases are in China but cases are being reported elsewhere in Asia and beyond. More information on the disease, symptoms and precautions relating to the prevention of its spread is available on the website of the World Health Organization (WHO). Additional information on some of the virus’ implications for ships and crew is also available on Gard’s website.
16 JAN 2020
Mental health is an important component of physical wellbeing aboard ship. Yet seafarers have often suffered mental distress alone and isolated due to the stigma attached to mental illness and the lack of understanding in how to react to a seafarer in crisis. In this third of our series of articles on mental health of seafarers, Sandra Guiguet shares her personal experience and training in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and how 12 hours of training can make a difference.
Bunker fuel is a commodity and, like all commodities, is produced and sold according to specifications. Bunkers are usually tested by suppliers and purchasers to confirm that the they meet the sale specification. Bunkers may also be tested by Flag State or Port State Control authorities to determine if they meet the MARPOL Annex VI sulphur limits.
One of the central tenets of analytical science is that the tests conducted have been verified and can be repeated by other scientists using the same methods and equipment. In this Insight Dr. Moss and Dr. Sheard of Brookes Bell explain the science behind acceptable deviations in the specification of commodity cargoes and bunker fuel.
07 JAN 2020
2019 saw the implementation of regulations related to crew, lifesaving, fire safety, environment, cargo, and certification. This year too there will be numerous regulatory changes and for the first time the industry will see a global regulation coming into force that is identified by only the year suffixing the letters IMO, i.e. the highly anticipated ‘IMO 2020’ sulphur cap. In addition, various other regulations will be implemented globally by the IMO and ILO over the next 12 months.
19 DEC 2019
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Following the successful conference on containership fires in Arendal in October, in this Insight, Gard’s Are Solum talks to Alf Martin Sandberg about the way forward on this important issue.
26 NOV 2019
A new research study urges ship operators to provide greater support to seafarers to help prevent anxiety and depression. The recommendations include the provision of on-board amenities such as internet access, improved accommodation and recreational activities.
19 NOV 2019
On 26 October, The Ocean Cleanup launched a new solution targeting plastic waste in rivers. The Interceptor is a solar powered, autonomous, floating solution which extracts plastic from rivers, and its main purpose is to prevent more plastic from reaching the oceans.
14 NOV 2019
Today, 14 November is World Diabetes Day. Gard Insight joins in the effort to raise the awareness among our readers of the risks of the disease, particularly to seafarers, and recommendations for life-style changes that can reduce these risks.
Gard invited industry stakeholders, authorities and experts to address the growing concern with devastating fires aboard container ships. Efforts to stem the mis-declaration of dangerous cargo are essential and encouraged but that is only one facet of the solution. There is a profound need to bring fire detection and fire-fighting on-board container ships higher up on the safety agenda of regulators and the industry at large. The SOLAS regulations have not kept pace with the realities of the risks faced and there is an urgent need for review and revision.
24 OCT 2019
Our first in a series of Gard Insights covering the topic of mental health of seafarers, discusses what can be done to break the taboo surrounding mental illness.
There are concerns associated with both of the two most popular options to comply with IMO 2020; use of compliant fuels and SOx Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS), often referred to as scrubbers. However, what is important is that after an incident has occurred, the maritime industry learns and prevents similar cases in the future.
10 OCT 2019
Speaking as part of the Sustainable Trade Group during the launch of the Sustainable Ocean Principles in New York last week, Rolf Thore Roppestad, CEO of Gard, believes that making change happen is best done collectively where all stakeholders collaborate for a common goal. Gard’s Vice President for Sustainable Business, Live Jacob Sydness, sets the scene.
26 SEP 2019
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Today is the United Nations “World Maritime Day” and the theme this year is “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”. At Gard, we are delighted to celebrate the success of women on board ships and working in the shore support industries.
Each week, the ICC International Maritime Bureau verifies thousands of bills of lading primarily for banks and their statistics indicate that 90% of all suspicious bills of lading are issued by NVOCCs.
The Turkish Straits, consisting of the Istanbul and Çanakkale Straits and the Marmara Sea connecting the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, are considered one of the most strategically significant waterways of the world.
Gard (North America), is honored to be a co-sponsor with the American Bar Association Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section (ABA TIPS), of the annual US law student writing competition focusing on admiralty and maritime law issues.
Most voyage charterparties make the commencement of laytime conditional on the tender of a valid notice of readiness. If the notice is invalid, then in the absence of a waiver by charterers laytime will not commence at all, even if the charterers knew or ought to have known that the vessel was in all respects ready.