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News Alerts

To help keep members abreast of relevant industry news, we add Alerts to our website with information on topical developments from around the world. Please see the latest Alerts below.

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7 November 2019

Members whose ships call at ports in India or pass through Indian territorial waters should note that the Ministry of Shipping in India has imposed a ban on the use and disposal of single-use plastics. The ban is already enforceable for certain types of single-use plastics (eg. cutlery, plates, cups, water and drinks bottles, bags, cleaning fluid containers of less than 10 litres) and will come in full effect for a wider range of items from 1 January 2020.

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29 October 2019

Members should note that the ban has been brought forward with immediate effect

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13 September 2019

Members will be already be aware of the recent Club Circular concerning the Guidance on the United States Sanctions Compliance Programmes published by the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

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6 September 2019

Members will be sad to learn of the tragic likely loss of 25 crew members aboard the Indonesian Flagged 52,400 dwt bulk carrier “Nur Allya”, which was reported missing on 20 August in Indonesian waters loaded with Nickel Ore.

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12 August 2019

Members should take note of the latest US sanctions against Venezuela set out in Executive Order 13884 (issued on 5 August 2019) as well as amendments to the existing 12 General Licenses and a further 13 General Licenses issued on 6 August.

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22 July 2019

The recent attacks on merchant vessels in the vicinity of the Straits of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman, culminating in the boarding and detainment of a UK flagged tanker at the end of last week, have prompted the United States (US) Central Command to promote a multinational naval security initiative

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1 July 2019

Following on from the Club’s previous News Alerts concerning the 2020 ‘Global Sulphur Cap’, ship owner/operator Members who have chosen to achieve compliance with MARPOL Annex VI by using low sulphur compliant fuel oil should note that the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Guidance originally issued in September 2018 has been updated.

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13 June 2019

The Club has been advised by P&I Associates, a correspondent in South Africa, of potential action by South African Authorities against seafarers fishing off the side of the vessel whilst at anchorage or in port.

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9 May 2019

Members and Assureds will be well aware of the re-imposition of sanctions against Iran since the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in May 2018

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15 April 2019

As Members are already aware from our News Alert of 15 February 2019, the US imposed sanctions against Venezuela’s oil sector, including designating Petroleos de Venezuela SA (“PdVSA”) as a sanctioned entity pursuant to Executive Order 13850 (“EO 13850”). Previous legal advice obtained on EO 13850 and FAQ 657 from Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP indicated that non-US persons/entities were still free to trade with and carry PdvSA cargoes, in certain circumstances.

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