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3 October 2008

P&I Correspondent in South Africa and Mozambique, P&I Associates (Pty) Ltd, have today issued a loss prevention alert on self heating / spontaneous combustion problems being experienced with coal presented for loading at the port of Maputo in Mozambique.The Correspondents bulletin is attached but any Member fixed to load such a cargo can obtain further advice either via Alan Reid of P&I Associates (Pty) Ltd on reida@pandi.co.za or via stoploss@a-bilbrough.com.

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30 September 2008

In response to the increased frequency of pirate attacks on merchant shipping, the Coalition Task Force 150 (CTF 150) has established recently a Maritime Security Patrol Area (MSPA) through the Gulf of Aden.

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22 September 2008

SHIPOWNERS and those involved with the maintenance, operation, inspection and testing of Oily Water Separators (OWS) and Oil Content Monitors (OCM) need to be on the lookout for evidence of interference with the proper functioning of the equipment. And US Attorneys Holland & Knight have highlighted a recent United States Coast Guard (USCG) Technical Advisory which seeks to raise industry awareness about the USCGs concerns about a particular OCM.

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10 September 2008

Under the South African Admiralty Act 1983, charterers and cargo interests can, in certain circumstances, obtain an ex parte Court order which may appear to oblige a Master to give the applicants surveyor access to the ship and ships documents.South African lawyers, Shepstone & Wylie, report that such access orders are being sought with increased frequency. A charterer seeking not just to inspect but to test a main engine on a ship involved in an underperformance dispute is a recent example.

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1 September 2008

From 1 September until 30 November 2008, the 43 Maritime Authorities of the Paris and Tokyo MOU on Port State Control (PSC) will be conducting a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) focussing on compliance with Chapter V: Safety of Navigation of the Annex to SOLAS. During the same three month period, the 6 Maritime Authorities of the Black Sea MOU will conduct a similar exercise.

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29 August 2008

James Mackintosh & Co Pvt Ltd, P&I correspondents in India, have reported this week that they are currently involved in four disputes over the safety of wet iron ore fines cargoes offered for loading during the 2008 monsoon season, which they report is expected to run until October.  StopLoss 48 contained a warning about the severe stability problems experienced by bulk carriers which had loaded wet iron ore fines in various Indian ports, including Haldia, Vizakhapatnam and Mangalore.

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19 August 2008

As has been widely reported, from 22 August 2008 the USCG will begin screening all nontank vessels prior to their arrival in a US port for the submission of Nontank Vessel Response Plans (NTVRPs). These are detailed written plans for responding to a worst case spill or the substantial threat of such a spill from a ship other than a tanker that carries oil as fuel.

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11 August 2008

Vitsan Interservices, P&I Correspondent in Georgia, has reported substantial damage to facilities in Poti, which is likely cause on-going severe restrictions to operations in the port.The latest update from the Correspondent is attached and further information can be obtained from Vitsans office in Istanbul via vitsan@vitsan.com.tr

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7 August 2008

The English High Court has recently clarified Owners obligations in respect of maintaining RightShip approval in dry-bulk shipping trades. The Court also set out Owners obligations with regard to permitting access to private vetting agency inspectors.

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25 July 2008

AN IMPORTANT decision by the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has been reported by the Clubs New Orleans correspondents, Phelps Dunbar. The Court concluded that ship owners are not liable for injuries to US port longshoremen caused by an open and obvious defect in the cargo stow. The court also ruled that an owner has no duty to warn the stevedore of heavy weather encountered by their vessels.Kirksey v. Tonghai Maritime, No. 07-40616 (5th Cir.

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