• Red Sea war risks and insurance implications

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    28 FEB 2024  

    Can a Master deviate from the Red Sea out of security concern for his crew or vessel? And if so, who pays for the extra costs? In this article, we give guidance on some of the most frequently asked insurance questions related to the ongoing conflict in the Red Sea.

  • Hull biofouling – key recommendations

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    22 FEB 2024  

    The revised IMO Biofouling Guidelines came into force in 2023 and provide updated guidance on how to prevent the spread of marine invasive species. Here are the key recommendations.

  • High waves, high claims: New study on container losses

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    15 FEB 2024  

    In a comprehensive new study, we delve into the impact of weather on container stack collapses. Our findings show the impact of progressively increasing wave height, the quantified risk of high waves, and variance in weather exposure among different operators. Hopefully, the study sets the stage for a deeper dialogue within the industry about mitigating the impact of adverse weather on container safety.

  • The Polar - you don’t always get what you pay for

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    14 FEB 2024  

    In this article we discuss one of the issues decided by UK Supreme Court in The Polar case – the practical and legal effect of charterers’ payment of additional premium to an owner’s insurer and whether this shields the charterer from subrogated claims arising from the risks insured.   

  • Implied indemnity – a note to ship operators

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    14 FEB 2024  

    Ship operators usually understand the concept of “implied indemnity”. However, the limits on it are less well understood and can cause misunderstanding in discussions regarding claims.   

  • Shipyard working conditions and the Norwegian Transparency Act

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    06 FEB 2024  

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    Recent media reports have focused on allegedly poor working conditions at Turkish shipyards. The law firm Wikborg Rein reminds Norwegian shipowners who are contracting with foreign yards to be prepared to disclose what they are doing to ensure decent working conditions.

  • EU ETS: Shipping companies now know who to deal with

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    05 FEB 2024  

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    Further to our previous articles on the EU’s Emission Trading System (ETS), shipping companies have now been informed which Administering Authority they will have to deal with when surrendering their EU emission allowances (EUAs).

  • Carbon carriage: Risks and opportunities

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    18 JAN 2024  

    Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a long-established technology but its profile has grown as a potentially significant solution to achieve rapid decarbonisation. What are the associated risks and opportunities for the shipping industry?

  • Cargo contamination can cost you dearly

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    11 JAN 2024  

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    Be aware: Costly liquid cargo contamination can arise when the last cargo onboard was coconut oil, palm oil, or other edible oils.

  • EU ETS: important compliance clarifications

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    04 JAN 2024  

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    As of 1 January 2024, vessels over 5,000 GT operating within EU waters are subject to the EU's Emission Trading System (ETS). A recent implementing regulation has clarified how a shipowner may transfer responsibility for compliance – but some important questions still remain.

  • Looking ahead: Marine insurance in an increasingly volatile world

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    27 DEC 2023  

    As 2023 is ending we look back at a year with more war, increasing geopolitical tension and more persistent inflation than expected. How is marine insurance impacted – and what can we expect looking ahead? 

  • “Bad bunkers” from the charterer’s perspective

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    27 DEC 2023  

    Off-specification bunker claims can sometimes have serious consequences. However, elevated numbers for sediment, cat fines, acid number, pour point, aluminium can more often translate into minor issues in consuming the fuel – if precautions are taken.

  • Coal cargoes: Avoiding explosion and self-heating

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    14 DEC 2023  

    Despite its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, global coal consumption climbed to an all-time high in 2022 and is on track for a record-breaking 2023 and 2024. In this article, we focus on the safety measures needed to reduce the risk of fire and explosion when dealing with coal cargoes.

  • Limitation of liability – lessons from the MSC Flaminia

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    04 DEC 2023  

    The English High Court’s decision in the case of the MSC FLAMINIA provides useful guidance on which claims are subject to limitation, and which are not.

  • Shipping battery energy storage systems - high energy, high risks?

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    27 NOV 2023  

    In the past few months, Gard has received several queries on the safe carriage of battery energy storage systems (BESS) on ships. In this insight, we highlight some of the key risks, regulatory requirements, and recommendations for shipping such cargo.

  • Preventing accidents when clearing shore pipelines

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    20 NOV 2023  

    Accidents related to shore pipeline clearing operations are on the rise. Over-pressurization or overfilling of tanks can cause physical damage, pollution and even personal injuries. This article gives an overview of best practices to reduce risks and prevent losses.

  • The risk of EV battery fires should not be downplayed

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    09 NOV 2023  

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    They can be hotter, more toxic, quicker to spread – and possibly more explosive. Most experts agree that lithium battery fires are different and that the risks for people on board are serious. The industry needs to align and collaborate more to address the issue.

  • The Hong Kong Convention – will it be a game changer?

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    09 NOV 2023  

    The Hong Kong Convention will finally enter into force in 2025, but what does that mean in practice? How will ship recycling practices be impacted, and what will a key recycling nation like Pakistan do? Gard’s Special Adviser Kim Jefferies spoke with Herman Steen, Partner at Wikborg Rein, to get some answers.

     

  • New CII clause – advice to owners and charterers

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    25 OCT 2023  

    BIMCO recently issued a new Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) clause for voyage charterparties. Here are the main issues owners and charterers should be aware of.

  • Israel-Gaza conflict: contractual implications

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    17 OCT 2023  

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    The Israel-Gaza conflict has escalated significantly after Hamas launched a major attack on 7 October. This article answers some of the trade-related and contractual questions shipowners might have in this turbulent and highly volatile situation.