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.
US Supreme Court decides that an injured seaman may not recover punitive damages, i.e. monetary awards intended to punish a defendant, for injuries caused by the unseaworthy condition of a vessel. The decision aligns the remedies available under general maritime law (common law), with those available under the Jones Act (statutory law) and eliminates uncertainty for shipowners, employers and their liability insurers when assessing a seaman’s claims for injury.
Nick Platt is retiring after more than 40 years with Gard. We had the opportunity to discuss his career in claims and some lessons he learned on the way. The technology around our work has changed and is changing, yet the human element of loss prevention and casualty response remains the most important touch point for protecting people, the environment and property.
It is a pleasure to share some of Nick Platt’s thoughts following his speech at the Gard Summer Seminar titled “40 years in 40 minutes – A Life in P&I Claims”. Gard Insight Editor, Kim Jefferies, asks him for more detail about the story from the 1980s he told “the biggest ship source oil spill that never happened”. Nick also highlights the importance of reaching out to salvors and counter-pollution authorities to introduce Gard’s casualty handling before accidents occur. We thank Nick for his years of service and congratulate him on his retirement.
The Norwegian Parliament recently decided that Norway shall ratify the Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention and that the Convention shall be given effect not only in Norway's exclusive economic zone, but also in its territorial waters. The Norwegian Parliament also adopted legislation to implement the Wreck Removal Convention into Norwegian law once ratified.
Now that the Ocean Opportunities Report has been finished, Gard’s contributors reflect on what they learned along the way.
Turning off the AIS to avoid detection is having the opposite effect when it comes to authorities monitoring vessels in areas covered by sanctions.
A local approach to the global problem of plastic in the ocean - Norwegians join together to clean marine litter from Norway’s shoreline.
The frequency of port state control taking spot samples of a ship’s fuel oil to verify its sulphur content is expected to increase significantly after 1 January 2020. Our case studies below show how proper onboard procedures and a well prepared and attentive crew can be crucial in avoiding unwarranted penalties.