Following the coronavirus situation, The Shipowners Club issued five tips in order members avoid the spread of the disease. At the same time, the Club recommends all members to stay advised concerning the outbreak by following the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisories.
In our special column this time, we are pleased to host an interview with Capt. Hari Subramaniam, Regional Head – Business Relations, Shipowners Club, who explains us that he was somehow destined for a career in the shipping industry and the best decision he ever made was to sail on different types of vessels.
The following article written for the Shipowners’ Club by Mr. Chen Zhida, Associate Director, Helmsman LLC law firm, analyzes two key clauses that may alter the rights and obligations of shipowners and charterers amid the coronavirus outbreak which has significantly disrupted global trade.
Over the past few years, several of the Shipowners Club’s loss prevention initiatives have identified sleepiness and long-term fatigue as a major factor impacting accidents at sea. In order to understand this causation factor furthermore, the Club has collaborated with Sleep and Fatigue Research Ltd (Safr) on a project to investigate whether wearable technology can be used in the marine environment to address this risk.
Singapore has recently implemented the 1996 Protocol to the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims 1976 (LLMC 1976). Therefore, effective from 29 December 2019, operators can expect increased limits of liability for maritime claims.
During the last SAFETY4SEA Singapore Forum, Captain Hari Subramaniam, Regional Head – Business Relations of The Shipowners’ Club, shared his thoughts on seafarers’ fatigue. As per the Club statistics, the human element appeared to be the primary cause of most marine incidents, with fatigue playing a major role. Hence questions are being raised as to whether the marine industry was seeing fatigue in the correct perspective or are we taking it lightly? Most importantly, are we even measuring it correctly?
The Shipowner’s Club informs that the Turkish pollution fines have increased, following the latest declaration which modified the existing limits; Thus the Club has divided the fines in four categories, depending on the vessel and the quantity of pollution.
From 1 January 2020, the limit for sulphur in fuel oil on board ships operating outside designated Emission Control Areas (ECAs) will fall to 0.50% mass by mass (m/m). For this reason, the Shipowners’ Club published a checklist, which may be used as a guide to compliment any operational changes that operators are planning, so as to ensure compliance with the upcoming MARPOL convention changes.
As the Shipowners’ Club informs, President Trump issued Executive Order 13871 (the Order) of 8 May 2019 ‘Imposing Sanctions with Respect to the Iron, Steel, Aluminum, and Copper Sectors of Iran’. The Order included a 90-day wind-down period, enabling those persons engaged in transactions to take necessary steps to avoid exposure to sanctions.
As a gang of 16 cleaning contractors boarded a container ship via the vessel’s gangway in single file, the outboard end of the gangway moved off the quay edge and dropped about 1metre until its weight was taken up by the lowering wires.
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