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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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21 April 2008

As highlighted in previous London Club Website News alerts, the US Coast Guard (USCG) has a mandate under the Maritime Transportation Security Act to determine the effectiveness of anti-terrorism security in ports outside the USA and to impose conditions of entry on ships entering US ports from a country or terminal where the USCG regards the security as inadequate.The USCG has now added Cuba to the growing list of countries considered to have ineffective anti-terrorism measures.

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17 April 2008

A previous London Club Website News Alert reported Bimcos production of a Guide to Prepare for Port State Control Inspections in the USA.Bimco has now announced that it intends to issue a series of pamphlets offering practical guidance to seafarers on a variety of other topics. The second in the series has just been published and is entitled Tips on avoiding piracy, robbery and theft.

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14 April 2008

Lamorte Burns & Co Inc, P&I Correspondent in New Orleans, has advised that persistent heavy rain in the Mississippi Valley has caused problems for shipping on the Mississippi river. The very significantly increased currents and river levels have made routine operations much more difficult, with reports being received of ships struggling or unable to hold their position either alongside or at anchor, even with tug assistance.

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20 March 2008

Further to the London Club Website News article of 11 March, the US Coast Guard (USCG) has now issued Port Security Advisory (03-08) by which Iran has been added to the growing list of countries which the USCG has determined are not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures.The USCG has imposed conditions of entry, effective from 2 April 2008, on vessels wishing to enter a US port having made a recent call in Iran.

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11 March 2008

Further to the London Club Website News article of 23 January on security issues at West African ports, the US Coast Guard has produced two new Port Security Advisories which impose conditions of entry into the USA on vessels that have previously traded to Syria or certain ports in Indonesia. The details are contained in Port Security Advisory (01-08) for Indonesia and Port Security Advisory (02-08) for Syria and a copy of each document is attached.

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6 March 2008

A recent judgment from the Spanish Supreme Court has considered the status of local agents as well as the nature of their legal relationship with cargo receivers.  And the conclusions reached by the Court are such that the P&I Correspondents, Pandi Claims Services, advise that it is "likely that cargo owners and their insurers could claim directly against [agents] as the legal representative of the Shipowner in Spain, both being considered jointly and severally liable for damages caused".

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23 January 2008

Under the USA's Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA), the US Coast Guard (USCG) has a mandate to evaluate the effectiveness of anti-terrorism measures in foreign ports. Where the USCG determines that a country or port is not maintaining acceptable anti-terrorism measures, the USCG can impose conditions of entry on vessels arriving at a US port but which have recently called at such a country or port.

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22 November 2007

This Act - which has potentially significant implications for, for example, ships entering UK ports and owning companies registered there - will come into force in April 2008, creating a new criminal offence of corporate manslaughter.  A summary of its key features is set out below.

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22 November 2007

In recent months several ships have suffered serious stability problems as a result of liquefaction of iron ore fines loaded wet at various Indian ports, including Haldia, Visakhapatnam and Mangalore.  At least three of the affected bulkers developed a dangerous list on passage; two of the ships were beached as a result.

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20 August 2007

Members should be aware of advice from the major port state control authorities that they will be conducting a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) focusing on the ISM Code, between 1 September 30 November 2007.  The CIC will be conducted in conjunction with routine port state control inspections.  The purpose of the campaign is said to involve verification of the effective implementation of safety management systems onboard ships of all flags.

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