The London P&I Club, in a joint project with Bureau Veritas and TMC Marine, issued a new booklet providing operational guidance for preventing blackout and main engine failures. The report focuses on marine engineering issues and procedures related to the prevention of loss of propulsion.
As of 6 June 2017, ports across Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates are closed to ships flying Qatari flags. Some ports may also be closed to ships, irrespective of their flag, that are destined for or arriving from Qatari ports, which in practice, means a trade embargo.
The London P&I Club says its inspectors have consistently noted negative findings in connection with the management of ships’ chart folios and associated publications, as well as concern over the approach adopted by deck officers to the management of external navigational warning information received.
The London P&I Club has released a joint publication, in cooperation with TMC Marine and Bureau Veritas, to provide operational guidance for vessels that carry cargoes which may liquefy. The Club notes that, although significant progress on the issue has been made so far, the liquefaction phenomenon continues to be as relevant today in 2017.
Illegal dredging of sand within Vietnamese territorial waters reportedly contributes to river bank erosion and inhibits local residents ability to produce quality aqua-cultural products. Thus, the London P&I Club has issued advisory to warn shipowners that, when contracted to load sand from Vietnam, they must ensure that they have the appropriate export license issued by the Vietnamese Authorities.
In the past year many deck cargoes were shifted in heavy weather. Invariably, after further investigation, it has been discovered that the stowage and securing of these cargoes did not comply with the ship’s Cargo Securing Manual or the practices laid down within the Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing or other applicable codes of safe practice, Paul Walton, a director with international marine consultant LOC, writes in an article in the London P&I Club’s latest StopLoss Bulletin.
The London P&I Club is aware of an increasing number of incidents related to cyber fraud and reminds Assureds to be vigilant and to be duly diligent by putting in place appropriate procedures in order to combat the risk.
The London P&I Club has published follow-up advice on Requirement of MEC for vessels from ZIKA Affected Areas from Chinese Quarantine Authority.
The London P&I Club continues to note the regularity with which Club-appointed inspectors record negative findings in and around the ship’s mooring station. In its latest StopLoss issue, the Club identifies that the most common finding include lack of anti-skid deck paint in key areas; lack of hazard marking of protruding objects and platforms and low awareness of the dangers of snap-back zones
The London P&I Club has launched new loss prevention publication StopLoss to address all issues related to cyber risk, potentially the biggest threat to both Shipowners and their ships as the use of information technology spreads into all areas of the business.
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