20 JAN 2021
Boyan Slat, now 26, was just a teenager when he first pitched his idea of a global ocean cleanup of plastic litter and established the non-profit foundation, The Ocean Cleanup. Today he is CEO of a team of more than 90. Our author, Alice Amundsen first met him in 2016 when Gard invited him to speak at its Summer Seminar. Gard has been supporting and following the Ocean Clean-up ever since.
14 JAN 2021
A need to draw a distinction in the IMSBC Code between bauxite cargoes that may liquefy and those that do not, led to the development of a new cargo schedule for bauxite fines in the Code.
08 JAN 2021
For the past two years, Oliver Bailey has done a deep-dive into nautical science, navigation, firefighting, and many of the other subjects required to become a competent mariner. Not to mention: he’s been stuck at sea.
07 JAN 2021
2021 ushers in a new cyber era for the shipping industry with the introduction of the requirement to address cyber risks in a vessel’s safety management system. This is just one of the many regulations that enter into force this year. Below, we look at a number of the more important international regulations that enter into force in 2021, as well as some key domestic regulatory changes in relation to ship recycling and other environmental issues such as air emissions.
In our final Insight of 2020, Senior Loss Prevention Executive Jarle Fosen shares his exciting visit last week to the Yara Birkeland, the first fully battery operated container vessel designed for autonomous operation. Looking to a brighter future is a fitting way to end our publishing year. We wish our readers a safe and cozy holiday and a Happy New Year.
Over the years Gard has seen several cases where stowaways have hidden in the vessels’ rudder trunks in an attempted journey to a better life. Due to the high risk of drowning in the rudder trunk, not all cases have a positive outcome. In this article we will explore a recent case for the vessel CHAMPION PULA and put the scenario into the context of the global stowaway problem.
Ships carry 90% of the world’s goods to and from all corners of the globe. This makes commercial shipping a natural choice for traffickers to move their contraband to market. Hiding drug shipments in bulk cargo, ship void spaces, in containers and attached to the hull has been a problem for years and continues to challenge vessel operations. Our guest authors, discuss the legal position of the owner and charterer when the vessel is delayed or detained due to discovery of drugs secreted on the ship, using as an example, a cache found in the sea chest.
“Not always afloat but safely aground”, or NAABSA, is used to describe ports where the seabed is suitable for the vessel to rest at low tide without damage to its hull. However, care is required when calling such ports to avoid not only damage to the vessel or delays, but also to avoid straining the commercial relationship between owners and charterers.
A letter of indemnity does not need to be printed and signed to be valid and binding – in some trades it is common for charterparties to contain clauses that allow letters of indemnity to be ‘invoked’ by the charterer in an email. Whilst it does save time and administration, these clauses and their invocation do require some thought and care.
In conjunction with the UN World Diabetes Day, we join the effort to raise awareness among our readers of the risks of the disease, particularly to seafarers and the increased risk during the Covid-19 pandemic. Here is what we can do to minimize risks, save lives and ensure safety at sea.
At our recent webinars dealing with the difficult and timely issue of crew changes during the COVID-19 pandemic, our presenters discussed the issue from the standpoint of seafarer wellbeing as well as the contractual challenges between owners and charterers faced with deviations for crew rotation. In this article we follow up on some of the questions put to them during the seminar.
Although important steps are being taken to address the problem of containership fires, Gard estimates that so far in 2020, there have been one fire involving containerized cargo every two weeks.
The U.S. Department of Justice aggressively prosecutes shipowners and operators of foreign-flag vessels calling at U.S. ports for MARPOL violations. These prosecutions are often the result of an initial inspection and investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard. Our authors both served as US Coast Guard attorneys before moving to the private sector. They share their insights into the rights and responsibilities of shipowners and crew when interacting with U.S. Coast Guard inspectors and investigators.
22 OCT 2020
Biofuels may not become the zero-carbon solution of choice in the shipping industry’s decarbonization process in the longer term, but could have a significant role to play to accelerate the process. In a recent article DNV GL summarizes the regulatory issues, safety and other operational issues faced by those using these new fuels or fuel blends.
Migrants continue to put their lives at risk to make their way across the Mediterranean to Europe in hope of a better future. The small boats are crowded with people. Often the rafts are in bad condition on the verge of sinking. Fortunate migrants are rescued by merchant vessels or by Non-Government Organizations (NGO) vessels. An unknown number of migrants do not make it - they drown at sea. The situation is a human tragedy which needs to be addressed on the political level, but it is also represents a major problem for shipowners as experienced by our member Maersk Tankers A/S.
01 OCT 2020
Gard (North America), is honored to be a co-sponsor of the American Bar Association Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee Annual Writing Competition.
Twice yearly Gard’s Arendal based employees gather to clean Merdø, our adopted island in Raet National Park. Gard also sponsors local youth groups who fan out over the southern Norwegian coastline to pick up litter as part of the Hold Norge Rent (Keep Norway Beautiful) beach cleaning days. Given the magnitude of the problem with plastic in the ocean, do such efforts make a difference? A recently published study suggests they do - but there is certainly more to be done to stem the flow of plastic litter into our ocean.
Updated 1 October 2020
While access to coronavirus testing for seafarers is now becoming more widely available, ship operators should bear in mind that no test is 100% accurate. As explained by Dr. Ingrid H. Johansen, a two-week quarantine for on-signing crew at the place of embarkation should still be the primary measure to prevent infected seafarers from joining a ship.
Many predictions were made in the run up to the imposition of the MARPOL 2020 sulphur cap, none of which was that the transition to Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO) would be smooth sailing. From Gard’s experience, the transition has been smoother than many predicted but not without challenges.
More than 20 years ago, the case came to Gard lawyer, Kelly Wagland, in our London office and now it has a final resolution. We thank lawyers, Amitava Majumdar, Damayanti Sen & Tripti Sharma of the law firm Bose & Mitra & Co, for providing the details of the Indian Supreme Court’s decision in the case of The Chairman, Board of Trustees, Cochin v. M/s Arebee Star Maritime Agencies Private Ltd. & Ors (“Arebee”). The judgment is a significant positive development for liner operators trading to India.