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Brazil – Dengue Fever Precautions


An outbreak of dengue fever – which causes a flu-like illness sometimes complicated by haemorrhages or shock - is currently reported in Paranaguá, Brazil. Members calling at Paranaguá and Antonina should note the information concerning the Dengue outbreak issued by local Health Authorities (ANVIS). Click here to access a copy of the English free translation kindly provided by the Correspondent in Paranaguá, van Herp & Frumento (P&I Services) Ltda. The document includes detailed guidance on the symptoms, prevention and treatment for vessels calling at the Ports of Paranaguá and Antonina.

Additionally, the recommendations of the Brazilian Ministry of Health are:

"In case of trips to areas with risk of Dengue, it is ideal to lodge at places that use protecting screens on doors and windows or air conditioning. The use of clothes that minimize the exposure of the skin during daytime when the mosquitoes are more active provide some protection to the bites of the vectors of dengue. Repellents composed of  DEET, IR3535 or Icaridin can be applied on the exposed skin or over the clothes and their use must be in strict compliance with the instructions on the labels. The use of mosquito nets provides good protection for the ones that sleep during daytime." (click here for full access to the Guidance of the Ministry – please note that the website guidance is in Portuguese).

Dengue fever occurs when the virus is passed onto humans through the bites of an infected Aedes mosquito, the same type of mosquito that has been in the general news as spreading the Zika virus.

08 Feb 2016

Iran Sanctions – Lifting of Certain Sanctions under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action


Members will already be aware of the lifting of certain sanctions against Iran following Implementation Day as outlined in the Club’s News Alert of 18 January 2016 (click here), which indicated that further advice was to follow.

The Club has now issued a Circular in respect of the Lifting of Certain Sanctions under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action as agreed by all the Clubs in the International Group. This provides further advice and a copy can be accessed by clicking here.

25 Jan 2016

Philippines – Nickel Ore


Members considering fixtures and/or orders to load nickel ore should note that the Correspondent in the Philippines, Pandiman Philippines Inc, reports that there have been some problems arising out of a nickel ore cargo being offered for shipment from a port which is not near to a nickel ore mine.

Members should be particularly vigilant when fixing to load and/or loading nickel ore cargo from such ports. Members are reminded of the dangers associated with the carriage of nickel ore, which may liquefy if the moisture content of the cargo exceeds the Transportable Moisture Limit. For detailed information on the Safe Carriage of Nickel Ore Cargoes, Members should refer to the Club’s Circular – a copy can be accessed by clicking here. Further, a copy of the Club’s Circular with details of the Mandatory Notification Requirements can be accessed by clicking here.

20 Jan 2016

Iran Sanctions – Implementation Day


Members will likely be aware of the lifting of certain US, EU and UN sanctions against Iran following verification by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 16 January 2016 that Iran has implemented the agreed nuclear-related measures as set out in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The US Treasury has published guidance/FAQs in respect of the lifting of sanctions which we attach (click here). The EU has also published a Decision lifting sanctions (click here) with HM Treasury providing a guidance Notice (click here - there is also a link to an Information Note on the Sanctions to be lifted in paragraph 6 of the Notice). UN Resolution 2231 provides for the termination of previous Security Council resolutions on the Iranian nuclear issue (click here for the summary on the UN website). Since not all sanctions have been lifted, the Club is currently reviewing the legislation to determine the precise ambit and effect and will report further shortly by way of another News Alert. 

In the meantime, given that some sanctions remain in place, the Club would not recommend entering into contracts or fixtures involving previously sanctioned Iranian trade or entities without Members performing full due diligence on the current sanctions position.

This is particularly the case because despite the lifting of certain sanctions:-

  1. It will still be in breach of sanctions for US Banks to process dollar transactions connected to Iran.

  2. likely due to the fact that not all sanctions have been lifted, international banks have yet to indicate whether they will now commence processing non-sanctioned payments in currencies other than USD connected to Iran.

  3. US Insurers and Reinsurers still cannot provide services to non US persons conducting legal trade so claims subject to insurance and/or reinsurance in the US market may not be able to be reimbursed.

18 Jan 2016

Ukraine – Ice Season


The Correspondent in Ukraine, Dias Marine Consulting, reports that the ice season has begun in the Azov Sea area and advises that when a vessel is planning to call at a Ukrainian port it will be “necessary to liaise with the agent and clarify more precise information about the weather conditions on the date of ETA”. To assist Members, the Correspondent provides information on their website, updated twice weekly, regarding specific ports, although Members should still check with the agent in any event. The information can be accessed by clicking here and then selecting the ‘List’ tab on the Correspondent’s website. At present, the website reports that Kherson, Nikolaev, and Dnepro-Bugskiy have announced ice campaigns and other ports are starting to be affected by ice.

13 Jan 2016

China – New Regulation setting Emission Control Areas


Members proceeding to ports in China should note that the Ministry of Transport has issued a new Regulation that establishes three Emission Control Areas (ECA) and sets out limits on the sulphur content of fuel to be used by vessels at certain times during berthing and whilst in the ECA.  The three areas cover the following areas:-

  1. Pearl River Delta, including Shenzhen, Gaungzhou and Zhuhai
  2. Yangtze River Delta, including Shanghai, Ningbo- Zhoushan, Suzhou and Nantong
  3. Bohai–rim Waters, including Tianjin, Qinhuangdao, Tangshan and Huanghua

The Correspondent, Huatai Insurance Agency & Consultant Service Limited, has issued a detailed Circular clarifying the new Regulation and the time table for implementing the different sulphur content requirements. It seems that most port authorities intend to maintain existing sulphur limits with the changes being implemented from 1 January 2017, with Shanghai being a possible exception.

A copy of the Correspondent’s Circular with further details can be accessed by clicking here.

The Club will provide a further update as and when this is available.  

14 Dec 2015

Sanctions & Crimea - Kerch Commercial Sea Port


Members will already be aware of various sanctions in place following the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol in Spring 2014, as outlined in previous Club Circulars (click here) and News Alerts (click here). Additionally, the Club has been informed by Interlegal, a firm of Ukrainian lawyers, that Members transiting to and from the sea of Azov should be aware that Kerch Commercial Sea Port, which exerts control over the Strait of Kerch and the Kerch Canal, is a sanctioned entity under the US and EU Sanctions legislation. Members should therefore note that the payment of canal dues and any other payments made to the Kerch Commercial Sea Port would be in breach of sanctions legislation.

In the meantime, Members are reminded, as detailed in the Club’s News Alert of 16 July 2014 (click here), that the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure issued a Directive “On Closure of Sea Ports”, officially closing all ports in the territory of Crimea, with the consequence that vessels calling in Ukrainian ports after trading to/from a Crimean Port, including Kerch, may face potential delays/detentions/fines.

17 Nov 2015

China – Penalties for waste discharged in Bohai Bay, Tianjin


Members proceeding to the North East coast of China should note that there has recently been an increase in the numbers of cases involving vessels being fined by the local Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) for discharging garbage/sewage into Bohai Bay, China. The Correspondent, Huatai Insurance Agency & Consultant Service Limited, Tianjin, has issued a detailed Circular clarifying the regulations concerning discharges of waste into the ocean in Bohai Bay area.

Annex V of Marpol 73/78 provides for food garbage only to be discharged at least 3 nautical miles from the territorial sea baseline, with stricter provisions for certain other types of waste. As, however, Bohai Bay is an area of nearly enclosed inland sea, the discharge of any garbage in Bohai Bay is prohibited. MSA officers attending on board vessels during PSC inspections have simply picked up on discharges of garbage/sewage as stated in the vessel’s records. The penalties imposed on those in breach range from the equivalent of USD 3,000 to USD 30,000, in accordance with Article 73 of the PRC’s law on Protection of the Marine Environment.

A copy of the Correspondent’s Circular with further details can be accessed by clicking here.

Members should refrain from discharging any waste/sewage in Bohai Bay to avoid such penalties and any potential delay arising as a consequence.  

05 Nov 2015

Bauxite Cargoes & Liquefaction – IMO’s conclusions following “Bulk Jupiter”


Following the loss of the bulk carrier “Bulk Jupiter” and 18 lives in January 2015, as reported in the Club’s News Alert dated 7 January 2015 (click here), the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers has recently published a Circular on the carriage of bauxite that may liquefy.

The IMO Circular notes that the potential for bauxite to liquefy is not specifically addressed in the IMSBC Code, as it is only classified as a Group C cargo. It also includes guidance for Masters, who should not accept bauxite for loading unless:

  1. the cargo certificate indicates that the moisture content is below 10% and the particle size is as detailed in the IMSBC code schedule for BAUXITE, or

  2. the cargo is declared a Group A cargo and the Shipper declares the TML and moisture content in accordance with paragraph 4.3.1  of the IMSBC Code; or

  3. the competent authority has assessed the cargo in accordance with paragraph 1.2.1 of the IMSBC Code and determines that the particular cargo does not present Group A cargo properties.

A copy of the Circular can be accessed by clicking here.

Members who plan to fix or charter a ship to load bauxite, or are ordered to load bauxite under an existing fixture, should take extreme care when carrying bauxite in bulk and contact the Club for assistance as necessary.

04 Nov 2015

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