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Greece’s fines in case of marine pollution

Japan Club publishes the fines that Greece imposes in case of marine pollution. The fines are separated into two categories, the first one being until December 30 2019, and the second one from 31 December 2019.

Notes on Charter Contracts concerning the 2020 SOx Regulation

In light of the soon approaching Sulphur cap, both shipowners and charterers should prepare to comply with the SOx regulations and potentially deal with the risks and responsibilities of each party associated with the new regulations in chartering contracts, the Japan P&I Club advises.

A psychological approach to safety behaviour

Japan P&I Club issued a Loss Prevention bulletin analyzing psychological factors affecting safety behaviour. More than 90% of all maritime accidents are said to be caused by human error. On examining the root cause, in most cases, this was down to inadequate prior inspection and careless mistakes. 

Safety tips to deal with use of compatible oil

Japan P&I Club issues information and guidelines on dealing with the use of compatible oil to prevent any potential accidents, in line with IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap approach, a change that has already made the shipping industry look for alternatives.

Requirements for ships entering N. America regarding Asian Gypsy Moth

In response to reports of high population levels of Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) in some countries regulated for AGM, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Canadian food Inspection Agency (CFIA) jointly remind ship operators of requirements for entering US and Canada safely.

Japan Club informs about navigation warnings on China waters

Japan P&I Club has obtained recent navigation warnings of the China Waters issued by China MSA. The navigation warnings regard well exploration, optical fiber cables installation and geological exploration of Bohai Strait Sea-Crossing Passage Project.

Japan Club’s surveys find improper implementation of maintenance plan

The Japan P&I Club published the results on the condition surveys that were carried out during the 2018 policy year. The aim of the survey is to maintain the standard of vessel’s management and seaworthiness above a certain level. For 2019, the Club informed that the most common defects are related to: Hatch covers; Engine room machinery; and Oil spill prevention.

How to handle a vessel in rough seas

Japan P&I published a loss prevention bulletin on marine weather and the ship handling in rough seas. Navigating in rough weather conditions deserves extra attention from ship operators; Waves caused by winds and swell from several directions results to vessels experiencing a number of oscillations.

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