The UK P&I Club presents an injury onboard a tanker, when a crewmember that was instructed to fabricate a steel locking pin had a sever eye injury, most probably because he removed the safety guards of the power tools he was using.
Every year, the UK P&I Club deals with thousands of claims using the expertise and experience of its professional claims handlers, ex-seafarers and lawyers. With decades of research into loss prevention issues, the Club has developed a formidable body of technical material on maritime risks.
In the beginning of the year, 1 January 2020, the latest version of the IMDG Code, Amendment 39-18, came into force. Following, UK P&I Club along with TT Club collaborated, launching guidelines and providing an insight for all actors in the freight supply chain, who are responsible for preparing unitized consignments for carriage at sea.
The UK P&I Club launched recommendations on how to support crew that suffers from back pain, an impact which may be caused by day to day heavy lifting and shipboard activities. Back pain is a major cause of disability on a global scale, while it is also a common health problem experienced in the maritime workplace.
UK P&I Club launched a guide providing recommendations and “safe” steps for an efficient LNG bunkering operation, in light of the preparations of the upcoming 2020 sulphur cap. Although the old-way oil fuel bunkering is a routine, it remains a challenging operation, which is more crucial now, given that LNG bunkering brings additional risks, because of the different methods of bunkering.
The UK P&I Club alerts that the Philippines declared an outbreak of POLIO in September this year and a number of countries have reacted by introducing a requirement for polio vaccine from Filipino seafarers, when visiting certain ports.
The 2020 sulphur cap will enter into force on 1st January 2020, meaning that a comprehensive approach to compliance is expected by all Port State Control (PSC) regimes. PSC inspections will be conducted according to the IMO PSC procedures, the 2019 guidelines for PSC under MARPOL Annex VI.
The UK Club informed that it has received an update from Oasis P&I Services Company Ltd., regarding breach of low-sulphur fuel requirements in ECA in China. Recently, local MSA offices strengthened supervision and inspection, imposing penalties on ships which were found to violating these requirements.
After 15 years, the BWM Convention is coming into full effect from this September. At the same time, across the Atlantic, important developments have also been taking place in relation to the USCG’s BWM regulation. The UK Club issued a Legal Briefing, summarizing some of the more significant developments associated to the two regulations.
In its latest ‘Lessons learned’ article, the UK P&I Club analyzes an enclosed space fatality onboard a bulk carrier. The investigation found that the void space, where the fatality occurred, had not been opened for about 6 months and was not fitted with any natural ventilation.
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