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New Zealand – Biofouling risk management

 

Members who call at ports in New Zealand should note that the New Zealand Authorities have recently introduced new Biofouling Guidelines to augment their existing 1993 legislation to prevent harmful aquatic species being introduced into the local ecosystem. These are defined in the 1993 legislation as organisms which “can or are potentially capable of causing unwanted harm to any natural and physical resources or human health”. 

The new Guidelines are currently voluntary and the requirement for international vessels arriving in New Zealand to have a “clean hull” only comes into force in May 2018. However, the New Zealand Authorities have powers to and will take action in cases of severe biofouling in the interim period. There have been two recent instances where the Authorities have ordered vessels from New Zealand waters because the hull fouling on the vessels was found to be excessive and/or contain what the New Zealand Authorities classified as ‘high risk organisms’ that may be harmful to the environment (eg. non-native plants and animals). In the most recent case, the vessel DL Marigold was declined permission to enter other South Pacific islands for cleaning purposes, and only allowed to return to Tauranga to complete discharge after the hull had been cleaned by divers in international waters. This was three weeks later and at considerable cost! 

Members are therefore recommended to be duly diligent in complying with the guidelines and legislation. Click here to view the New Zealand Authorities’ summary of the biofouling threshold for intervention.

For further information from the Correspondent, P&I Services, Auckland, including links to the new Biofouling Guidelines and other related information, click here.

For further information on biofouling on the International Maritime Organisation website, click here.
 

20 Apr 2017

US – Fish causing loss of vessel propulsion off Galveston

 

Members transiting Galveston Bay and the Houston Ship Channel (HSC) should note that the US Coast Guard has issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin warning of an increased seasonal threat of small fish called Menhaden becoming caught in sea strainers. The fish are reportedly attracted to the sea chest of transiting ships and causes clogging of sea strainers. This restricts the flow of cooling water and causes engines to overheat, resulting in reduced or loss of propulsion. Further details and practical recommendations can be found in the US Coast Guard’s Bulletin, a copy of which can be accessed by clicking here.

13 Apr 2017

Liquefaction - Reducing risk of bulk cargo liquefaction

 

Despite an improvement in the awareness of the risks associated with the carriage of cargoes such as iron ore fines, coal, manganese ore fines and nickel ore, incidents involving liquefaction continue to occur, sometimes with catastrophic and tragic results. The main, mandatory requirements for the safe carriage of solid bulk cargoes are stipulated in the IMSBC Code. 

However, to assist with safe carriage, the London P&I Club, working in co-operation with leading classification society Bureau Veritas and its casualty and salvage subsidiary TMC Marine, has produced an operational guide, ‘Reducing the Risk of Liquefaction’. This guide provides general guidance and practical advice to masters, ship owners, shippers and charterers on the loading and carriage of bulk cargoes which may liquefy, the risks associated with liquefaction, and the precautions which should be taken to minimise those risks, both before acceptance of the cargo and during carriage. 

An electronic copy of the guide can be obtained by clicking here but should Members or Assureds involved in the carriage of cargo prone to liquefaction require a hard copy, please contact publications@londonpandi.com.

04 Apr 2017

Vietnam – Sand Exports

 

Members should note that the Correspondent in Ho Chi Minh City, Spica Services, advises that sand from Vietnamese waters is reportedly being dredged illegally to the detriment of the local environment and residents. Consequently Members loading sand from Vietnamese waters (and charterers considering entering such contracts) should note the Correspondent’s advice. In particular, to ensure that the appropriate export licence has been issued by the Vietnamese Authorities in respect of sand cargoes to be loaded and that it is provided to the shipowners for checking in advance of loading, in order to avoid potential delays to the vessel.

To access a copy of the correspondent’s notice, click here.

20 Mar 2017

United States – New Executive Order on Immigration

 

Members who call at ports in the US should note that President Trump has now issued a new Executive Order (EO), on 6 March 2017, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”. This revokes and replaces the previously suspended EO on the subject (click here to access the Club’s News Alert of 16 February 2017).

The new EO directs that entry into the US for nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen shall be suspended for 90 days from 16 March 2017, whilst a worldwide review is carried out by the US Secretary of Homeland Security. US law firm Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP report that crew members from these countries will not be able to enter the US unless they hold a valid visa. Those without a valid visa will not be able to obtain one until after 14 June 2017. Whilst vessels with crew from these countries are unlikely to be denied entry to the US, it is probable that these crew members will be denied shore leave whilst the vessel is at a US port and Owners may well have to employ security guards to ensure they do not leave the vessel.

A copy of the US lawyer’s update with further details can be accessed by clicking here.

07 Mar 2017

United States – Update on Temporary Ban on Immigrant/Non-immigrant Entry

 

Members who call at ports in the US will be aware of the Executive Order issued by President Trump on 27 January 2017  to restrict the entry into the US of foreign citizens from Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran and Libya, as reported in the Club’s recent News Alert (click here). 

As a consequence of legal challenges being made, US law firm Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP now report that the Executive Order has been temporarily suspended and is not currently being enforced. However, they further advise that it is presently unclear as to whether a temporary ban will at some stage be implemented. To access a copy of the US lawyers’ update, click here.

16 Feb 2017

China – Sludge and garbage disposal

 

Members calling at Chinese ports will be aware of PRC Regulations, effective since February 2011 and amended in 2013, that require international ocean-going vessels to dispose of pollutants on board and to present a valid Pollutant Disposal Certificate (PDC) to the China Maritime Safety Administration prior to departing China. The Correspondent, Huatai Insurance Agency and Consultant Service Limited, China, reports that as of 13 December 2016 the Chinese Ministry of Transport has issued a formal notice that disposal is no longer mandatory, so that the requirement to present a PDC has been abolished. The Correspondent has issued a Circular that includes further details and an outline of the historical changes, a copy of which can be accessed by clicking here.

09 Feb 2017

United States – Temporary ban on Immigrant/Non-immigrant Entry

 

Members who call at ports in the US should be aware that, on 27 January 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”. This restricts entry into the US of foreign citizens from Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran and Libya for the next 90 days, whether they hold visas or not.  Although the details of implementation are presently unclear, US law firm Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP has warned that whilst vessels with crew from these countries are unlikely to be denied entry to the US, it is probable that these crew members will be denied shore leave whilst the vessel is at a US port and Owners may well have to employ security guards to ensure they do not leave the vessel. To access a copy of the US lawyers’ advice with further discussion on the above, as well as on crew changes and medical emergencies, click here.

03 Feb 2017

India – Service tax on Freight

 

Shipowners and Charterers may be aware that as of 1 June 2016, a service tax on freight was imposed by the Indian Government for FOB cargoes on ships chartered by importers domiciled in India. This tax has, to date, been paid by the Indian importer. There was an express exemption for goods shipped by a party that was not domiciled in India i.e. goods shipped on a CFR basis. 

However, the Correspondent, James Mackintosh & Company, has warned that from 22 January 2017 the exemption has been revoked. They advise that the service tax will now be payable on the full value of freight irrespective of where the freight is earned/collected at the rate of 4.5%. Since a vessel’s local agent (i.e. in India) is jointly liable for payment of this tax, the Correspondent warns that the agent may require funds to be in place before a vessel arrives. For a more detailed discussion of the position click here for an article from Hellenic Shipping News. 

It is recommended that, in order to prevent delays to a vessel and/or to avoid disputes, shipowners and charterers deal with this issue by way of express contractual provision to create certainty as to responsibility and payment.

27 Jan 2017

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