The Standard club has received reports that low sulfur fuel is not currently readily available in all Indonesian ports and that there are local shortages. Considering this situation, it is recommended that members take necessary precautions to source sufficient compliant bunkers prior to calling at Indonesian ports.
Recently, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has reiterated the narrow scope of the turnover duty on a claim brought by an injured longshoreman related to an incident that occurred in the Port of Savannah. Specifically, in Purvis, a longshoreman was injured when an open manhole cover latch fell on his head as he ascended through the manhole for at least the second time.
The Standard Club Association, recently announced that the Port of Karachi in Pakistan joined the increased list of ports which have forced a ban against open-loop scrubbers. Specifically, Port of Karachi will from now on prohibit the discharge of wash-water coming from open-loop scrubbers.
Following the official implementation of the 2020 sulphur cap, Standard Club received reports that certain ports in India have experienced lack of low-sulphur compliant fuel oil, which may halt ship operations on east coast of India.
On Wednesday, 18 December 2019, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) amended its diesel fuel regulations aiming to allow fuel suppliers distribute distillate diesel fuel that complies with the Sulphur standard that applies internationally for ships instead of the fuel standards that otherwise apply to distillate diesel fuel in the US.
The National Defence Authorisation Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA 2020) was signed by President Trump on December 2019, and includes several sanction-related measures mostly targeting specific European energy programmes in which Russia participates in.
As the 2020 sulphur cap came into force on the 1st of January 2020, the shipping industry is still challenged by the de-bunkering methods of heavy sulphur fuel oil, with the pressure of flag states which will begin detecting for non-compliant fuel oils.
As the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap came into effect on 1st January, owners will be conscious that a charterer may be less likely to charter a vessel which still has a large quantity of HSFO onboard, the Standard P&I Club noted.
The Standard Club provides the case of a ruling made by the English Commercial Court concerning Alianca Navegacao e Logistica Ltda v Ameropa SA (The Santa Isabella)  vessel which arrived at the port of destination with damaged cargo.
The IMO has recently put under the microscope over 300 ships involved in fraudulent vessel registrations operating without the knowledge of governments they claim to represent, according to data provided by the Standard P&I Club.
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