On 1st February 2021, the Singapore parliament passed the Electronic Transactions (Amendment) Bill, enabling, among others, the creation and use of an electronic bill of lading that is legally equivalent to a paper bill of lading.
Numerous environmental protection regulations have been launched for the ocean, while efforts have been made by the shipping industry in relation to the dumping of damaged cargo at sea. Examining these regulations, UK P&I Club provides an overview.
The Port of Aden, Yemen, has issued a circular highlighting the obligation of compliance with the depth of water in Malla docks, under which a ship’s arrival draft should not exceed 10.4 m. Operators may risk of being fined for any violation of the requirement.
Starting from 22 December 2020, bulk crew changes have begun for international seafarers through the Offshore Crew Transit Hub (OCTH) operated by a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP). The crew transit hub is a passenger vessel stationed in Sri Lankan territorial waters providing a temporary stay for seafarers during bulk crew change operations.
The UK Club’s Crew Health team have partnered with Red Square Medical to provide advice on musculoskeletal disorders to seafarers. Musculoskeletal disorders is a term used when a person suffers from an injury or a repetitive activity that affects the body’s structural support system that allows for movement.
The UK Club notes that a great number of vessels are loading Australian coal, which leads to delays in receiving authorization to discharge in Chinese ports, providing its insight on the issues arising from the delay.
The UK P&I Club’s correspondents in Egypt, Middle East Survey & Control Office (MESCO), inform about the new Customs Law which has come into effect in Egypt by November 12.
The UK Club launched a comprehensive guide concerning crew change operations, outlining the challenges and changes taking place in global ports, aiming to assist and provide helpful information to seafarers.
The UK Defense Club reports that a number of ships loaded with Australian coal are experiencing significant delays in receiving authorization to discharge in Chinese ports.
Being stuck at sea during such a pandemic can lead to uncertainty about the future, anger, fear, anxiety and sadness. Recognising these symptomsis a great first step to mitigate the psychological effects experienced during lockdown.
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