13 MAR 2018
Certain types of waste which were previously permitted imported into China, are now banned, including plastic, unsorted waste paper and waste raw materials from the textile industry.
01 MAR 2018
Can owners accommodate a charterer’s request to switch bills of lading?
20 FEB 2018
The LONGCHAMP decision - The Supreme Court interprets the meaning of Rule F of the York-Antwerp Rules differently and more broadly than previous general average adjusting practice.
15 FEB 2018
CINS launches guidelines covering the carriage of metal scrap in containers.
06 FEB 2018
“No, at least not yet”, responds Magne Nilsen, Gard’s Chief Underwriting Officer, Specialty “but we do insure the OCEAN FARM 1 which was mistaken for a UFO by some concerned citizens in Port Elizabeth, South Africa last summer.”
Finland celebrated its centenary on 6 December 2017. To honour their homeland, our Gard colleagues, Erika Lindholm and Hannah-Maria Opperman-Mäkinen, introduce some of Gard’s Finnish Members and clients who are on the forefront of eco-friendly innovations in shipping.
The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal reminds US owners who charter or otherwise turn over the control of their vessels that they potentially remain liable under OPA 90 for the negligent, and even illegal, acts of the bareboat charterer/operator. We thank US lawyer, David Reisman a shareholder in the Liskow & Lewis New Orleans office for his summary of the United States v. American Commercial Lines decision.
While the IMO has given shipowners and managers until 2021 to incorporate cyber risk into ships’ safety management systems, tanker owners and operators that are subject to vetting under OCIMF’s SIRE Programme will be expected to address cyber security risks in their policies and procedures as of 1 January 2018.
The increased limits agreed in 2015 between the contracting parties to the 1996 protocol, enters into force in Hong Kong on 4 December 2017
31 OCT 2017
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The rescue of persons in distress at sea, including refugees, is an obligation under international maritime law, as well as being a long established humanitarian duty. This is the story of one such rescue and the reunion of the vessel’s crew and refugees some 30 years later.
24 OCT 2017
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The IMO shifts its attention to biofouling with the recent launch of the GloFouling Partnerships project. Meanwhile, both the state of California and New Zealand announce the implementation of more stringent biofouling regulations within their jurisdictions.
19 OCT 2017
Marine insurers and classification societies serve and support the marine shipping industry, in connected yet different ways, in approaching the problems of potential risk of ships operating in the Arctic. They have different roles and proceed in different vectors, but with their paths crossing at several points.
CINS and the International Group of P&I Clubs launch guidelines covering the carriage of charcoal and carbon in containers.
IMO circular introduces a new draft test procedure for determining TML for bauxite and draft individual schedules for Group A bauxite fines and Group C bauxite.
Extreme weather can have an impact on many aspects of the contracts of carriage entered into by shipowners and operators; from deviation, load and discharge port issues, to cargo damage and frustration of the contract.
The International Maritime Organization’s review of research on bauxite that can cause vessel instability is to result in a new IMO circular and future IMSBC Code amendments.