The trend of the increasing ship sizes has major benefits for maritime transport, but a mega box ship casualty will result in a number of losses and third party liabilities for an owner. In this article, Revecca Vasiliou and Ursula O’Donnell, Divisional Claims Directors at the Standard P&I Club, discuss the major areas of P&I cover that respond to a major mega box ship casualty.
The Port of Amsterdam received the first pile for the new industrial fire station, Joint Fire Brigade Amsterdam (GBA). GBA will boost fire safety in the port, while also increase business continuity. Also, it is capable of detecting the impact of changes in cargo flows and propose safety measures for the port’s efficient operation.
When informed that wet or damaged cargo has been found in a hold, the Master’s initial actions can do a lot to help their position and can even help in defending or reducing liabilities. For this reason, the North P&I Club describes the Master’s role in mitigating cargo claims.
Nick Barber, Standard Club’s partner, provides an insight into the matter of finding a place or port of refuge that is willing and is able to accept a damaged vessel and cargo, and the challenges behind it, as it seems to be an issue affecting owners and salvors of mega box ships.
A recent shift to automation and new technologies makes imminent the need of additional skills for seafarers to adequately respond to new requirements. In 2017-2018, the Shipowners Club ran a survey to investigate whether alarms on the bridge affected the attention and focus of bridge watchkeepers.
Captain Rajesh Unni, CEO and Founder of ship manager Synergy Group, highlighted that mental health awareness should be a priority on first aid seafarer training, adding that more has to be done to understand and alleviate mental strains of life at sea, as the dangers became more apparent.
The British Ports Association, British Tugowners Association, Port Skills and Safety, UK Chamber of Shipping, UK Major Ports Group, and UK Marine Pilots Association issued a joint notice to raise awareness against DWHLs use and the consequences. The notice highlights what is expected of seafarers in the International and Domestic codes of the ILO Code of Practice.
The Swedish Club announced a new loss prevention pilot project, called ‘Trade Enabling Loss Prevention (TELP)’, which leverages technology in a bid to provide ships with timely advice when they are approaching areas of particular risk, to assist them to trade more safely.
As the American Club says, Pandiman Philippines Inc., the Club’s correspondents in Manila, provided the following reminder regarding the hazards associated with the carriage of nickel ore, as the seasonal export of this dangerous cargo from the Philippines gets underway.
A recent decision in the English Court concerned the effectiveness of a clause in a bill of lading that excludes a carrier’s liability for loss or damage to cargo carried on deck, said the North P&I Club, noting that this decision confirmed parties to a contract of carriage are free to agree a carrier has no liability for loss or damage to deck cargo.
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