Gard provides certificates of insurance covering abandonment of seafarers as required by the MLC. In this article, Gard claims handlers share their first-hand experience with an abandonment case.
A pro-active approach to cargo sampling on tankers can potentially save millions of dollars in claims and prevent delays to the vessel. In this Insight we look at some critical aspects of cargo sampling on tankers.
Frigid arctic air nicknamed “the Beast from the East” brought sub-zero temperatures to much of Europe for periods in February and March. The severe winter has reminded us that ice remains a significant source of hazard in shipping. Operating in ice conditions can lead to damage to vessels that are not classed to operate in ice.
Container fires may now be occurring on a weekly basis and in Gard’s experience most are associated with cargo misdeclaration. However just as with tackling the fire itself, tackling misdeclaration is a significant industry challenge.
Updated 12 June 2018
Chinese authorities publish a list of 32 more types of foreign solid waste that will be soon be banned from import into China.
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.
“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.